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 […]

The Antichrist, the Cross and the Third Sunday in Lent

by St. Gregory Palamas The Cross of Christ was mysteriously proclaimed in advance and foreshadowed from generations of old and no one was ever reconciled with God except by the power of the Cross. After our First Parents transgressed against God through the tree in paradise, sin came to life, but we died, submitting, even before […]

Prayer, Fasting, Mercy

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 […]

Sermon for the Sunday of St. John Climacus

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 […]

The Synodikon of Orthodoxy

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 […]

On The Sunday Of Orthodoxy

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 […]