The Origin of “Light from Light” in the Nicene Creed

by St. Hippolytus of Rome 1. Some others are secretly introducing another doctrine, who have become disciples of one Noetus, who was a native of Smyrna, (and) lived not very long ago. This person was greatly puffed up and inflated with pride, being inspired by the conceit of a strange spirit. He alleged that Christ […]

The Keys of the Kingdom – Who Knew?

by St. John Chrysostom We often hear among apologists about who holds the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. I thought I’d share some of the writings of our father among the saints, the Goldenmouth, John Chrysostom! “For the son of thunder, the beloved of Christ, the pillar of the Churches throughout the world, who […]

Ecumenism and the Agony of the Church

by St. Nikolai Velimirovich St. Nikolai’s attitude toward ecumenism is shown by his participation, as an Orthodox bishop and theologian, in the ecumenical meetings and dialogues between the two World Wars, and later he was present, as the accredited visitor, at the meeting of the World Council of Churches in Evanston, Illinois, in 1954. Bishop […]

There Is Only One Church

by Elder Sophrony of Essex Forgive me; perhaps all this is superfluous. At this point, though, I would like to say a little about the fact that at the present time a significant part of the Christian world tends to accept one of the most dangerous heresies. What it consists of is people saying that […]

On Struggle

by Elder Nektary of Optina Monastery You want to learn love for God? Begin! I place before your attention the teachings of the Fathers about this: ‘Do you want to learn love for God? Withdraw from every deed, word, thought and sensation forbidden by the Gospels. By your enmity toward sin, which is so hateful […]

“Prayer without Ceasing” is Necessary for All Christians

by St Gregory Palamas Let no one think, my brother Christians, that it is the duty only of priests and monks to pray without ceasing, and not of laymen. No, no; it is the duty of all of us Christians to remain always in prayer. For look what the most holy Patriarch of Constantinople, Philotheus, […]

Why the Mother of God is the Greatest of All Saints

by St. Silouan the Athonite She never performed a single miracle during her earthly life. Even Time magazine has featured her on the cover more often than any other person. So why is the Ever-Virgin Mary considered the greatest of all the saints in the history of Christianity?  The humble soul is blessed. The Lord loves […]

The Difference Between the Emotional, the Physical, and the Spiritual

by Elder Sampson (Sievers) One must always remember the difference between the emotional, the spiritual, and the physical: the life of the spirit, the life of the soul (that is, the senses and emotions, and the life of the body. This is exactly where there is so much confusion. By the way, the Western [Christian] […]