Dr. Vitaly Permiakov
Visiting Professor of Dogmatic and Liturgical Theology
Born to a Russian family in Riga, Latvia, I relocated to the United States in 1999 after completing my undergraduate studies. I entered St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, NY with a blessing of late Archbishop Dmitri (Royster) of Dallas (OCA) (d. 2011). After finishing seminary, I enrolled in a doctoral program in Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where in 2012 I defended my dissertation on the history and origins of the Byzantine rite for the consecration of churches. I have been teaching at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary since 2011.
I have been tonsured to the ecclesiastical rank of Reader in the Orthodox Church at Three Hierarchs Chapel of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 2002.
- B.A., Russian Culture, Latvian Academy of Culture (Riga, Latvia), 1999
- M.A., Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas, 2001
- M.Div., St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, 2004
- Ph.D., Theology/Liturgical Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2012
- Byzantine Liturgy: History and Theology
- Liturgical Theology
- Liturgy of Jerusalem and Constantinople
- Dogmatic Theology
- Orthodox Theology of the Sacraments
Current Projects and Research Interests
My research is mainly focused on the liturgical history of Jerusalem and Palestine in the Byzantine period. Currently, I am working on a translation and publication of an Old Georgian baptismal service, which, as I believe, reflects the baptismal practice in Byzantine Jerusalem at the end of the first millenium AD. Likewise, I have recently collaborated on a forthcoming article exploring the revival and reception of the Liturgy of St James in the Orthodox churches in the modern period. Finally, I am still in the process of revising and updating my PhD dissertation o prepare it for publication.
- THEO-162 Foundations of Theology II: Orthodox Apologetics
- THEO-352 Dogmatic Theology
- THEO-443 Liturgical Theology
- (editor, with Herman Majkrzak), The Hieratikon, vol. 2: Liturgy Book for Priest and Deacon. South Canaan, PA: Saint Tikhon’s Monastery Press, 2017; The Hieratikon: Office Book for Priest and Deacon. South Canaan, PA: Saint Tikhon’s Monastery Press, 2014.
- (editor, with Michael Plekon), Hyacinthe Destivelle, The Moscow Council (1917-1918): The Creation of the Conciliar Institutions of the Russian Orthodox Church, trans. by Jerry Ryan (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014).
- “Чин освящения храма в восточных традициях” [“The Rite for the Consecration of a Church in Eastern Christian Traditions”]. In Michael Zheltov, ed., Православное учение о церковных таинствах: Материалы V Международной конференции Русской Православной Церкви. Vol. 3. Moscow: Synodal Biblical and Theological Commission, 2009. P. 346-367.
- (translator) Nicholas Afanasiev, The Church of the Holy Spirit. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007.
- “The Historical Origins of the Feast of Antipascha,” St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 47.2 (2003): 157-182.
Recent Presentations and Activities
I am a member of three professional academic societies: American Academy of Religion, North American Academy of Liturgy, and Society for Oriental Liturgies (Societas Orientalium Liturgiarum). I regularly participate in the meetings of NAAL and SOL, presenting papers on the aspects of my research. Likewise, in 2017, I gave two presentations to parish audiences (Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church of Nativity, Erie, PA; St Barbara’s Orthodox Church [OCA], Fort Worth, TX) on the need for Orthodox Christian laity to know and study theology.
I also am assisting the work of Holy Trinity Publications (Jordanville, NY) as an editor of liturgical books and other books published under the imprint of Holy Trinity Seminary Press.