Regretting the Jesus Prayer

by St. Theophan the Recluse Many of St Theophan’s books have been translated into English, and are reliable spiritual guides for Orthodox Christians of today. St Theophan’s gift was the ability to present the wisdom of the Fathers in terms which modern people can understand. Since he lived close to our own time, many readers find […]

Communion on the Day of One’s Death

by Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) “According to ancient Church tradition, the soul of a person who takes Communion on the day of death immediately ascends to the throne of the Lord.”   Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) is the author of the internationally acclaimed, best selling book “Everyday Saints and Other Stories”

On The Divine Name in Trinity

by St. Hilary of Poitiers From On the Trinity – Book II Believers have always found their satisfaction in that Divine utterance, which our ears heard recited from the Gospel at the moment when that Power, which is its attestation, was bestowed upon us: Go now and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name […]

Why Man is Destitute of Natural Weapons and Covering

by St. Gregory of Nyssa But what means the uprightness of his figure? And why is it that those powers which aid life do not naturally belong to his body? But man is brought into life bare of natural covering, an unarmed and poor being, destitute of all things useful, worthy, according to appearances, of […]

On Those Permitted by God to Test Us

by St. Maximos the Confessor Those permitted by God to test us either inflame the desiring aspect of the soul, or stir up its incensive power, or darken its intelligence, or envelop its body in pain, or deprive us of bodily necessities.  

Homily on the Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist

by St. Justin Popovich Today is a little Great Friday, a second Great Friday. For today the greatest man among those born of women, John, the Holy Forerunner and Baptiser of the Lord, is murdered. On Great Friday, people murdered God, crucified God. On today’s holy great feast, people murdered the greatest of all men. […]

On Divine Providence: The Incomprehensibility of God’s Judgments

by St. John of Tobolsk Throughout the course of our entire life we must often repeat King David’s utterance: “Thy righteousness is like the great mountains, O Lord; Thy judgments are a great deep” (Psalm 36:6). This depth is illustrated in the Bible in the example of the two high-ranking servants of the Egyptian Pharaoh: […]

On Divine Providence: God allows Misfortunes and Sins for the Good of Man

by St. John of Tobolsk Since neither the devil, nor any person can do evil to another without God’s allowance of it, let us examine the following: what God allows, how He allows it, and for what reason does this allowance come about? We must differentiate between two kinds of allowed evils. The first kind […]