Wednesday, July 24, 2013

"The Garments of Salvation" now available from SVS Press

( - Khouria Krista West, owner of Krista West Vestments and an Ancient Faith Radio podcaster ("The Opinionated Tailor"), has released a new book with St. Vladimir's Press titled The Garments of Salvation. The first comprehensive book on this topic in the English language, the text invites readers to explore the fascinating and colorful world of Orthodox Christian vesture and church adornment. Wife of Fr. Alban West, the rector of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Portland, OR, Kh. Krista is unveiling her new book at the 51st Annual Archdiocese Convention in Houston throughout the week of July 21-28. The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is also airing an interview with Kh. Krista about her book on the podcast "Come Receive the Light."

Praise for Kh. Krista's book:

The Garments of Salvation will fascinate anyone who loves "the beauty of Thy house" with its insight into the meaning and making of liturgical vestments and fabrics. Most importantly, it returns to us our own holy tradition, a tradition of great beauty, which threatens to be lost to the temptations of cheap materials and hasty production. Beauty matters, and The Garments of Salvation will make you hungry to see it in your own church.

- Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green

The vestments of Holy Church represent the adornment of salvation. This intriguing, indispensable book by Kh. Krista West adds another important dimension. It adorns the mind with theological wisdom and historical understanding. By all means, read this book!

- Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon

Kh. Krista West's book on the origins, history, and theological meaning of Liturgical vestments is both an intellectual and spiritual achievement covering many academic disciplines at once: it is engaging history that traces the civil lineaments of what finally became sacred vestments; it is systematic theology true to holy tradition -teaching you can touch; it is evangelical in that it proclaims the faith in fabrics; it is pastoral showing how members of the clergy are chosen to "put on glorious apparel" as a reflection of Christ Who sits at the right hand of His Father.

- From the foreword by The Rt. Rev. Bishop Anthony (Michaels)

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