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Fr. Vasile Mihai announces the release of his book, ‘Orthodox Canon Law Reference Book’

June 2nd, 2014

Fr. Vasile Mihai announces the release of his book,

Orthodox Canon Law Reference Book’

Savannah, GA – Fr. Vasile Mihai, priest at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Savannah, GA, announces the publication of his book, ORTHODOX CANON LAW REFERENCE BOOK. The book deals with the Canon Law of the Orthodox Church and is addressed both to the clergy and the laity.

The Orthodox Church and its theologians produced famous and authoritative canonical collections, but unfortunately only a few of them were translated in English; moreover, in the great majority of those collections, the canons are grouped by the year of issuing rather by subject matter. In the understanding of the author, this is the first attempt to publish a compilation of canons in English organized by subject matter.

Inspired by two great canonical collections of the middle XIV century, those of Matthew Blastares (Syntagma kata stoicheion – Alphabetical collection of canons – 1335) and Constantine Harmenopoulos (Epitome canonum – Summary of Canon Law – 1359), the author offers to the clergy and laity a sort of canonical encyclopedia, alphabetically and thematically organized. Additionally, a must-read Introduction explains the principles of Orthodox Canon Law, as well as the interpretation and application of the canons; about 400 footnotes bring necessary clarifications of the terms, mores, and personalities.


The ‘Orthodox Canon Law Reference Book’ was published by Holy Cross Press on May, 2014 and can be acquired for $21.95 from:

Holy Cross Bookstore,

50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA 02445,

Toll-free: 800 245-0599
Fax: 617 850-1430

The book can also be found online at




One of the most misunderstood and overlooked principles in the Christian Orthodox Church is the theological importance of “Canon Law.” It is by “Canon Law” that the Church traverses the sea of life to find rest in the harbor of Paradise.

Established in the love that our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ gives to the world, “Canon Law” provides the necessary order and discipline for the faithful people of God to follow on the way to salvation. It is the visible means by which the Clergy and Laity faithfully and harmoniously comprise the Church.

The “Orthodox Canon Law Reference Book”, compiled by the Rev. Father Vasile Mihai, will provide necessary incite to a better understanding of the canonical order in which the Church is reconciled to the salvific message of Jesus Christ. I give thanks to God for Fr. Mihai’s efforts that I am confident will encourage greater study and understanding of “Canon Law” by all the people of God: Clergy and Laity.

Protopresbyter Jon Magoulias, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Modesto, CA and author of theological books.

Compiled from a significant number of canons and the commentaries of Byzantine canonists, this volume is an invaluable practical reference guide for those interested in Orthodox Canon Law. It is more user-friendly than The Rudder (Pedalion) by being organized alphabetically, according to the authority of the issuing body, and chronologically. This volume is also original in its exceptionally helpful introduction and appendices, which present the author’s contribution to the discipline of Canon Law and relevant contemporary issues. While waiting for the codification of Orthodox Canon Law, readers will be deeply grateful to Fr. Vasile Mihai for his tireless work to make the canons more accessible and to present the proper, holistic method of canonical interpretation, according to the mind of the Church.

Fr. Radu Bordeianu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Duquesne University


Father Vasile Mihai’s reference book is an important contribution to the knowledge of and pastoral approach to the canon law of the Eastern Orthodox Church in the English-speaking world. It stands in a long tradition of Eastern Orthodox canon law encyclopedias which dates back to the famous fourteenth century canon law encyclopedia of Matthew Blastares.

David Heith-Stade, Lund University, Vice Secretary of the Society for the Law of the Eastern Churches.


I commend you for keeping to your task so faithfully. This final product brings honor to your name as well as to those of us who claim you as our student! You have indeed provided our Church – especially here in America – with a valuable resource.

Dr. Lewis J. Patsavos, Th.D., Professor Emeritus of Canon Law, Holy Cross School of Theology, Brookline, MA 02445


Thank you for writing such a useful text for clergy, students, scholars, and others. I know that the process of getting a book just right can sometimes take a very long time, but as I like to say, you really just get one chance to “get it right” so all the time is worth it. We are very pleased with the final product and look forward to seeing it in use in the field.
Anton C. Vrame, Ph.D., Director Department of Religious Education, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA 02445