Resurrection Victory

by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh Do we not see that death continues to reap its harvest around us? Are there not graves beside Christian churches as well? How can we say that ‘there is none dead in the tomb’, that Christ has conquered death by death? In the Name of the Father, the Son, and […]

A Sermon About Our Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane

by St. John Maximovitch When the Lord had finished the Mystical Supper with His disciples and given them His Instructions, He went with them to the Mount of Olives. On the way He continued His final teachings, after which He addressed the Heavenly Father with a prayer for His disciples and those who would believe […]

On the Fifth Sunday of Lent

by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov A reminder about wrapping up Lent. Prayer is good with fasting and alms (Tob. 12:8),[1] said the Archangel Raphael to Tobit. Such a great work is fasting! It is good, it is the only door through which sinners can depart from their fleshly state and enter into the saving pasture of […]

The Ladder of Divine Ascent and Moral Improvement

by Fr. Stephen Freeman The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent in the Orthodox Church, is dedicated to St. John Climacus, the author of the ancient work, The Ladder of Divine Ascent. It is a classic work describing “steps” within the life of the struggling ascetic. There is an icon associated with this work, picturing monastics […]

What Rapture? Who Will Remain at the Coming of the Antichrist?

by St. Cyril of Jerusalem Who will be these fortunate Christians, who will have the opportunity to confess and martyr during the years of the Antichrist? I consider them the greatest martyrs of all! Fifteenth Catechism on the Holy Spirit, St. Cyril of Jerusalem (d. 386)   Also by St. Cyril of Jerusalem:  The Divine […]

On the Triumph of Orthodoxy

by St. Tikhon of Moscow “We live surrounded by people of alien creeds; in the sea of other religions, our church is a small island of salvation, towards which swim some of the people,plunged in the sea of life … But who is to work for the spread of the Orthodox faith, for the increase […]

Why Do Babies Sometimes Smile During Divine Liturgy?

by Elder Paisios Q.: I’ve noticed, Elder, that sometimes babies smile at the time of Divine Liturgy. A.: They don’t do that only at the Divine Liturgy. Babies are in constant contact with God, because they’ve got nothing to worry about. What did Christ say about little children? ‘Their angels in heaven continually gaze upon […]

On the Great Blessing of Waters

by St. Sophronius of Jerusalem O Trinity supreme in being, in goodness, and in Godhead, almighty, who watchest over all, invisible, incomprehensible, Maker of spiritual beings and rational natures, innate Goodness, Light that none can approach and that lightens every man that comes into the world: Shine also upon me Thine unworthy servant. Enlighten the eyes […]