On the Saying “Those Whom He Foreknew, the Same He Also Predestined”

“Predestination” is an excuse for sloth: God calls everyone to repentance I have heard many people say: “Because the Apostle says; ‘Those whom God foreknew, the same He also predestined; and those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, the same also glorified’ (Rom. 8:29–30) what good is it to me […]

The Treasury of Truth: Why Look Elsewhere?

by St. Irenaeus of Lyons One should not seek among others the truth that can be easily gotten from the Church. For in her, as in a rich treasury, the apostles have placed all that pertains to truth, so that everyone can drink this beverage of life. She is the door of life. Against Heresies, […]

How To Deal With Non-Orthodox Christians

  This is the simple, loving answer – the Orthodox answer to dealing with non-Orthodox. by Fr. Seraphim Rose In the end, I think, Father Dimitry Dudko’s attitude is the correct one: We should view the non-Orthodox as people to whom Orthodoxy has not yet been revealed, as people who are potentially Orthodox (if only […]

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 […]