Does the Devil Attack Us When We are in Church?

by St. Barsanuphius of Optina “Prayer in church is important. The best thoughts and feelings come in church, yes, and the enemy attacks more violently in church, but with the sign of the Cross and the Jesus Prayer, you drive him away. It is good to stand in some dark corner in church and to pray […]

A Great Sign

Sermon by Fr. Matthew Baker Notes for a sermon delivered during Great Vespers, Dormition of the Theotokos, 2014 Today we celebrate a great and joyous solemnity: the falling asleep of the Mother of God in Jerusalem, and her bodily translation into glory. “The Whole Mystery of the Economy” The readings this evening – from Genesis, […]

Reasons to Study the Bible

by St. Justin Popovich The biography of every man – everyone without exception – is found in the Bible. In it each of us can find himself portrayed and thoroughly described in detail; all those virtues and vices which you have and can have and cannot have. You will find the paths on which your […]

The Transfiguration: The Gospel, the Law and the Prophets

  by St. Augustine of Hippo We heard, as the Gospel was read, the story of the great vision in which the Lord showed himself to three disciples, Peter and John and James. “His face shone like the sun” – this means the splendor of the Gospel. “His clothes became as white as snow” – […]

The Transfiguration, the Manifestation of the Beloved Son

by St. Leo the Great For the apostles, who really needed to be strengthened in faith and initiated into a knowledge of every thing, from that miracle comes another lesson. In fact, Moses and Elijah — the Law and the Prophets — appeared hobnobbing with the Lord. This happened so as to perfectly accomplish through […]

On the Leavetaking of Pascha

The Constant Pascha by Metropolitan Saba (Esber) Tomorrow evening we say goodbye to the Feast of Pascha. For forty days, we are in the midst of the joy of the resurrection. For forty days, we chant with joy, “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs […]

On The Great Apostasy

by St. Hippolytus of Rome “And the churches too will wail with a mighty lamentation, because neither oblation nor incense is attended to, nor a service acceptable to God; but the sanctuaries of the churches will become like a garden-watcher’s hut, and the Holy Body and Blood of Christ will not be shown in those days. […]

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 […]