"Highly recommended to anyone wishing to know more of Gregory of Narek. This book also provides a translation of liturgical works that can be appreciated as a form of poetry in their own right, capable of delighting any reader."
"Abraham Terian is to be congratulated on this magnificent, ground-breaking volume of precise and elegant translations, richly annotated in succinct, highly informative footnotes and short introductions to each of the works. It is essential reading for a large variety of academic specialists, clerics, and laypersons: for those interested in the development of the Armenian liturgy and worship, for scholars of medieval literature and music, for all intrigued by the relationship between poetry, music, and theology, just to mention a few. Terian's volume is a precious gift, worthy of the learned monk whose work it is no exaggeration to describe as an act of Divine grace."
Theo Maarten van Lint, Calouste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies, University of Oxford
"Terian's work is truly massive, both in the sheer volume of poetry he has made available to us, and in his profuse, erudite commentary that escorts the reader into the remote faith-world of a singular, medieval mystic from a Christian culture little known to most in the West."
"The works of St. Gregory of Narek are central to the theological learning of the Armenian Apostolic Church and to its worship, yet their content is extremely sophisticated and their language can be very difficult. The festal hymns, though often seemingly light in style, are in fact particularly dense and bristle with philological problems. Professor Terian's work is more than a monument of meticulous scholarship. It elucidates the hymns for the first time and with a precision and insight far beyond any study ever done before; all subsequent work on Narekats`i will be measured by its high standard. That standard is unlikely to be equaled, much less superseded."
James R. Russell, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies, Harvard University
"Translated and annotated by Abraham Tertian, The Festal Works of St. Gregory of Narek will be of greatest interest to scholars in the fields of religion, history, and literature. Like Samuelian's translation, however, it too is a book that should capture the interest of poets and general readers seeking deep spiritual reading for reflection."
Rev. Kevin Bezner, The Christian Review
"on account of the efforts of Abraham Terian, English readers now have access to a highly readable translation of these other poetic works of Gregory. In addition to his translation, Terian's introduction provided a succinct biographical overview of Gregory as well as a very informative description of the development of the region and somewhat confusing terminology used in the Armenian Church for liturgical odes, litanies, and encomia."
Catholic Historical Review
"Dr. Terian unlocks the essence of these poems, consistently exposing their biblical matrix and patristic roots, introducing readers to the latest research in these fields, and basing his translation on the most reliable textual foundation."
S. Peter Cowe, Narekatsi Professor of Armenian Studies, UCLA
"A handsome and valuable volume offering a variety of writings from a learned tenth-century monk and mystic. Liturgical Press is to be admired for continuing to recognize that scholars (and would-be scholars) rely on the availability of such well-researched and spiritually nourishing texts."
Catholic Press Association, honorable mention in the poetry category