On Divine Punishment: A Homily for the Sunday of the Paralytic

by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee (Jn. 5:14). This is the commandment the Lord gave to the paralytic whom He healed, as we heard today in the Gospels. Beloved brethren! This commandment of the Lord has enormous importance for us. It teaches […]

Homily on the Descent into Hades

by St Epiphanius of Cyprus Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever […]

On The Death & Resurrection Of Christ

by St. Gregory the Theologian Yesterday I was crucified with Him; today I am glorified with Him. Yesterday I died with Him; today I am made alive with Him. Yesterday I was buried with Him; today I am raised up with Him. Let us offer to Him Who suffered and rose again for us … […]

Catechetical Sermon of St. John Chrysostom

by St. John Chrysostom This is perhaps the greatest sermon ever written. It is read in every Orthodox Church in the world, every year at the Paschal Vigil, during the Matins of Pascha. St. John was the Archbishop of Constantinople during the fourth century. He was fearless when denouncing sin in high places, and was […]

Oration On The Pascha of Christ

by St. Constantine the Great Emperor and Equal to the Apostles, St. Constantine the Great (early 4th century) was the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity, establishing a policy of religious toleration that paved the way for the freer expansion of the Church. This text is taken from his great oration ‘To the Assembly […]

A Paschal Homily of Blessed Justin of Chelije

by St. Justin Popovich Our father, Archimandrite Justin Popovich  (1894-1979) was a theologian, a champion, a writer, a critic of the pragmatic church life, a philosopher, and archimandrite of the Monastery ?elije, near Valjevo. Sentenced to Immortality Man sentenced God to death; by His Resurrection, He sentenced man to immortality. In return for a beating, […]

On The Lord's Pascha – Excerpts

by St. Melito of Sardis Our father among the saints, Melito, bishop of Sardis, was a prominent figure of second-century Christianity. A leader of the Church in Asia, Melito was, according to Eusebius of Caesarea, a supporter of the Quartodeciman theory. Hippolytus of Rome reports that he was among the earliest proponants of the two […]

Celebrating the Paschal Feast

by St. Athanasius of Alexandria Our father among the saints Athanasius of Alexandria (also spelled “Athanasios”; from Greek, “immortal”) was a bishop of Alexandria and major theological writer in the fourth century. He is also called Athanasius the Great and Athanasius the Apostolic. He was born in 298 and died on May 2, 373. His […]