Nicholas Denysenko

Associate Professor of Theological Studies
Department of Theological Studies
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Suite 3700
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659, USA
University Hall 3764
Phone: 310-568-6235












Academic Background

B.S., University of Minnesota, 1994

M.Div., St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, 2000

Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, 2008


Areas of Research

  • Byzantine Liturgy
  • Pastoral Liturgy
  • Contemporary Sacramental Theology
  • Ecclesiology
  • Religion in Ukraine


Courses Taught

Dr. Denysenko specializes in the area of liturgy and sacraments. Some of the courses he teaches are as follows:

  • Liturgy, Life, World
  • Faith and the Management Profession
  • Liturgical Theology and the Parish
  • The Rites
  • Eastern Christian Traditions
  • The Lord’s Supper
  • Water, Word and Wine
  • Sacraments and Sacramentality


Professional Bio

Nicholas Denysenko is associate professor of Theological Studies and Director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Denysenko has published extensively on Byzantine liturgical history, sacramental theology, contemporary pastoral theology, and religion in Ukraine. He is the author of two books on the liturgy: The Blessing of Waters and Epiphany (Ashgate, 2012) and Chrismation: A Primer for Catholics (Liturgical Press, 2014). Denysenko is currently completing a study of contemporary Orthodox architecture in America, and a monograph devoted to liturgical reform in the Orthodox Church (forthcoming with Fortress Press). The son of immigrants from Ukraine, Denysenko researches the history and theology of the Churches in Ukraine. Denysenko was ordained a deacon in the Orthodox Church in America in 2003 and is currently assigned to St. Innocent parish in Tarzana, California.


Selected Publications


The Blessing of Waters and Epiphany, (Ashgate, 2012). More information available here:

"Rituals and Prayers of Forgiveness in Byzantine Lent," Worship, forthcoming.

Review of Maxwell Johnson, ed., Issues in Eucharistic Praying in East and West: Essays in Liturgical and Theological Analysis (Liturgical Press, 2010), Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, forthcoming.

"Baptismal Themes in the Byzantine Blessing of Waters on Theophany," Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, forthcoming.

"The Revision of the Roman Missal: An Orthodox Reflection," Worship, forthcoming. Review of R. Kevin Seasoltz, God’s Gift Giving: In Christ and Through the Spirit (Continuum, 2007), in St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 55 (2011) 110-113.

"Towards an Agenda for Byzantine Pastoral Liturgy: A Response to Peter Galadza," Bolletino della Badia Greca di Grottaferrata 7 (2010) 45-68."

A Proposal for Renewing Liturgy in the Twenty-First Century," Studia Liturgica 40 (2010) 231-259."Psalm 81: Announcing the Resurrection on Holy Saturday," Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies 50 (2009): 55-88.

"The Life in Christ by Nicholas Cabasilas: A Mystagogical Work," Studia Liturgica 38 (2008) 242-260."The Soteriological Significance of the Feast of Mary’s Birth," in Theological Studies 68 (2007) 739-760.

"The Revision of the Vigil Service," in St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 51 (2007) 221-51.


  The Blessing of Waters and Epiphany