Stefanos Alexopoulos

Academic Area

  • Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology
  • School

  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
  • Expertise

  • Byzantine Liturgical History
  • Biography

    Fr. Stefanos was born in Zimbabwe, raised in South Africa and Greece, and received his higher education in the United States, earning a B.A. in Religious Studies from Hellenic College, a M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, both in Brookline, MA., and a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame. While at the University of Notre Dame he taught the course "The Spirituality of the Christian East: Experience, Form, and Expression" for which he received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Kaneb Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2003 Fr. Stefanos returned to Greece where he served as a parish priest and taught for the College Year in Athens Program, for the Greco-Roman Program of St. John's University/St. Benedict's College, Collegeville, MN, and for the Pastoral Institute of the Archdiocese of Athens, Church of Greece. In 2009 he was elected Assistant Professor of Liturgy at the Ecclesiastical Academy of Athens. In the Spring of 2012 he was invited to teach at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University as a visiting professor. His work has appeared in English, Greek, German and Russian. He is the author of The Presanctified Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite: A Comparative Analysis of Its Origins, Evolution, and Structural Units in the series Liturgia Condenda 21 (Peeters Publishers, 2009). He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the Society of Oriental Liturgy, which he served as Secretary between 2006-2012. Since 2009 is actively involved in the new Catalogue of Byzantine Manuscripts project out of the Protestant Theological University (Holland). He is an ordained Greek Orthodox priest, the son and grandson of priests, and since 2010 has been appointed full member of the Special Synodical Committee on Liturgical Renewal of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece. Fr. Stefanos joined the Faculty of the School of the Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University of America in the Fall of 2013.

    His research focuses on aspects of Byzantine Liturgical History, Eastern Liturgical Traditions and Liturgical Renewal. His current projects include a book-length study on the history of the private "Office of Holy Communion" in the Byzantine rite, a book-length study on the history and theology of the Minor Hours in the Byzantine Rite, and a book-length introduction to Eastern Liturgies.

    Publications

    • The Presanctified Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite

      The Presanctified Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite

      The Presanctified Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite: A Comparative Analysis of its Origins, Evolution, and Structural Units in the series Liturgia Condenda 21.

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    • Inquiries into Eastern Christian Worship

      Inquiries into Eastern Christian Worship

      Rev. Alexopoulos co-edited Inquiries into Eastern Christian Worship: Selected Papers of the Second International Congress of the Society of Oriental Liturgies. 

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    • A Living Tradition

      A Living Tradition

      Rev. Alexopoulus co-edited A Living Tradition: On the Intersection of Liturgical History and Pastoral Practice (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2012), with David A. Pitt and Christian McConnell.

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    • Studies on the Liturgies of the Christian East

      Studies on the Liturgies of the Christian East

      Rev. Alexopoulos co-edited Studies on the Liturgies of the Christian East: Selected Papers from the Third International Congress of the Society of Oriental Liturgy

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    Latest Publications

    «Οἱ Ἀκολουθίες τῶν Ὡρῶν καὶ τῶν Μεγάλων Ὡρῶν: : Ἱστορία καὶ Θεολογία» [The Offices of the Hours and the Royal Hours: History and Theology] in Οἱ Ἀκολουθίες τοῦΝυχθημέρου. Πρακτικὰ τοῦ ΙΕ΄ Πανελληνίου Λειτουργικοῦ Συμποσίου (Athens: Church of Greece, 2015) 165-244 = reprint as one article of nos 25 and 26

    Review of Derek Krueger, Liturgical Subjects: Christian Ritual, Biblical Narrative, and the Formation of Self in Byzantium in Church History 85.4 (2016) 823-825

    “Προσκύνησις” in Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum 28 (2017) 360-372

     "Puccio Capanna's Madonna and Child (ca. 1330) through Byzantine Eyes" in Orthodoxes Forum: Zeitschrift des Instituts für Orthodoxe Theologie der Universität München 30.2 (2017) 181-192

      Audio Course: Glimpses into the Unknown: Eastern Christianity and Its Spiritual Traditions. 12 Lectures in CD format (Bethesda, MD: Now You Know Media, 2017)

      “Towards a History of Printed Liturgical Books in the Modern Greek State: An Initial Survey” in Ecclesia Orans 34 (2017) 421-460,  co-authored with Dionysios Bilalis Anatolikiotes

    When a Column Speaks: The Liturgy of the Christian Parthenon” in Dumbarton Oaks Papers  69 (2015) 159-178.

    "The Offices of the Royal Hours" [in Greek] in Ecclesia 92 (2015) 686-701.

    "The Offices of the First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hour: History and Theology" [in Greek] in Ecclesia 92 (2015) 480-496.

    “When Art, Canon Law and Liturgy Meet: The Case of the Liturgical Pyxides” in Bert Groen, Daniel Galadza, Nina Glibetic, Gabriel Radle (eds.), Rites and Rituals of the Christian East. Proceedings of the Fourth International Congress of the Society of Oriental Liturgy, Lebanon 10-15 July, 2012. Eastern Christian Studies 22 (Leuven: Peeters, 2014) 377-385.

    "The Liturgical Life of the Church in the Second and Third Centuries" [in Greek]  in Turning Points in Liturgical History. Acts of the Twelfth Liturgical Symposium of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece. (Athens: Church of Greece, 2014) 157-203.

    “Greek Scholarship on the Coptic Liturgical Tradition: An Assessment” in Diliana Atanassova and Tinatin Chronz (eds.), SYNAXIS KATHOLIKE: Beiträge zu Gottesdienst und Geschichte der fünf altkirchlichen Patriarchate für Heinzerd Brakmann zum 70. Geburtstag (Orientalia-Patristica-Oecumenica 6.1) (Berlin/Wien: Lit Verlag, 2014) 1-11.

    “The Offices of the First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hour: History and Theology” [in Greek] in Ecclesia 92 (2015) 480—496.

     

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