Ecclesia: Greek Orthodox Churches of the Metropolis of Chicago This handsome volume presents a comprehensive documentary review of parishes across the Metropolis of Chicago. The richness of the Greek-American experience comes alive in this diverse offering of personal stories, beautiful full-color photographs and introductory articles that explain in the internal structure, symbolism and significance of church interiors and designs, as well as the communities that brought them into existence. This book is a sure conversation starter, appealing to those who have never been into an orthodox church, as well as those who want to share their faith with their friends and relatives. Fiorentinos' photographic journey through the entire Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago encompasses six states—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin—containing 59 churches. Through more than 400 of his richly-colored photographs, he captivates the reader with the unique beauty and rich tradition of the Greek Orthodox Church as developed in these communities over the course of more than 100 years. Based on personal interviews with dozens of priests and parishioners, the establishment and growth of these churches are documented for the first time in one place. In addition to showcasing each of these churches through photographs and text, ECCLESIA provides context through scholarly essays on the Greek Orthodox Church’s architecture, fundamental beliefs and history, as well as the meaning of its icons and symbols. “I was delighted to receive your marvellous book ECCLESIA, Greek Orthodox Churches of the Chicago Metropolis. As regards the text, the photographs, and the general presentation of the book, you have achieved a remarkably high standard. Indeed, your work constitutes a model of the way in which a study of this kind should be produced. My warmest congradulations!” —Bishop Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia “This book is an incredible resource and testimony of faith, and as one born and raised in Chicago, I will always cherish it with profound respect and a resounding sense of humility for the past and great hope for the future.” —Rev. Fr. Elias G. Villis, Church of our Savior, Rye, NY Due to the value of this edition, returns will only be authorized for misprinted or incomplete materials.