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 […]

On the Mystery of Priestly Ordination

by St. Nikolai Velimirovich “And when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them” – Acts of the Apostles 6:6 By laying their hands on the chosen faithful, the apostles consecrated bishops, priests and deacons. It is apparent from this that the Christian Faith is not only a teaching, but also a power. It […]

What the Lives of the Saints Actually Show Us

by St. Justin Popovich “In the Lives of the Saints are shown numerous but always certain ways of salvation, enlightenment, sanctification, transfiguration, ‘christification,’ deification; all the ways are shown by which man conquers sin, every sin; conquers passion, every passion; conquers death; conquers the devil, every devil. There is a remedy there for every sin: […]

On the Virgin Birth and the Creation of Woman

by St. John Chrysostom It was fitting that the Giver of all holiness should enter this world by a pure and holy birth. For He it is that of old formed Adam from the virgin earth, and from Adam without help of woman formed woman. For as without woman Adam produced woman, so did the […]

On the Star of Bethlehem

by Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople (+407 AD) On the Star of Bethlehem For if you can learn what the star (of Bethlehem) was, and of what kind, and whether it were one of the common stars, or new and unlike the rest, and whether it was a star by nature or a star […]

One Place is Appointed for Christians to Offer Their Sacrifices

by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov As it is natural for the destitute to beg, it is natural for man, who has been reduced to poverty by the fall, to pray. Prayer is fallen and repentant man turning towards God. Prayer is the weeping of fallen and repentant man before God. Prayer is fallen man, slain by […]

On The Powerful Influence A Mother Has Over Her Child

by St. Nectarios of Aegina The upbringing of children must begin during infancy. This is necessary in order to direct the child’s powers of the soul—as soon as they begin to emerge—toward good, virtue, and truth, while simultaneously distancing them from evil, indecency, and falsehood. This age is the secure foundation upon which a child’s […]

Do Orthodox Worship the Martyrs?

by St. Jerome of Stridonium “We do not worship the relics of the martyrs, but honor them in our worship of Him whose martyrs they are. We honor the servants in order that the respect paid to them may be reflected back to the Lord.”