Prayer, Fasting, Mercy

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by St. Peter Chrysologus There are three things, my brethren,by which faith stands firm, devotion remains constant, and virtue endures.They are prayer, fasting and mercy.Prayer knocks at the door,fasting obtains, mercy receives.Prayer, mercy and fasting: These three are one, and they give life to each other. Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting.Let no one try to ... More...

Sermon for the Sunday of St. John Climacus

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by Metroplitan Philaret In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. More than once, brethren, the fact has been mentioned that on each Sunday in the Great Fast (i.e., Lent) there are other commemorations besides that of the Resurrection. Thus, on this day, the Church glorifies the righteous John of the Ladder, one of the greatest ascetics, which the Church, in speaking ... More...

The Synodikon of Orthodoxy

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Our thanks to John Sanidopoulos for his blog, Mystagogy, from which this post was taken, who continues to provide a wealth of excellent articles on the Orthodox faith. “Whosoever, therefore, shall confess Me before men, him will I confess before My Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I deny before My Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 10:32-33). The ... More...

On The Sunday Of Orthodoxy

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by St. Luke, Archbishop of Crimea Doctor of Medicine, Professor, and State Prize winner, since 1944 St. Luke was the Archbishop of Tambov and Michurinsk, and later of Simferopol and the Crimea. While he was serving the church as an Archbishop, he was also practicing as a surgeon and taught and published many books and articles on regional anesthesia and surgery. He is now known to be a ... More...

On Obtaining True Prayer

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by St. John Climacus Our venerable and God-bearing Father John Climacus (ca. 579 - 649), also known as John of the Ladder, John Scholasticus, and John Sinaites, was a seventh century monk at St. Catherine's monastery at the base of Mount Sinai. In Greek, his epithet is (Klimakos). The Orthodox Church celebrates his feast day on March 30. For those who have not yet obtained true prayer of the ... More...