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 […]

Confession in the Early Church Fathers

Yes, Virginia, the early Church practiced confession… in Church. The Early Church Fathers on Confession Here are some quotes from early church fathers which show the sacramental tradition of the Mystery of Confession’s unbroken lineage from the earliest days of the Christian church. Didache 4:14; 14:1As early as 70 AD Confess your sins in church, […]

An Interview with St. Irenaeus of Lyons

by John Habib Originally entitled: “What to think of the Non-Orthodox? What a Second Century Bishop says about those who are outside of ‘the Church.’” I cannot believe how applicable this second century bishop’s words are to the present time. I challenge all of you to read this and not be at the least intrigued, or like me, […]

The Church’s Life in the Last Age

by St. Seraphim of Viritsa “There will come a time when corruption and lewdness among the youth will reach the utmost point. There will hardly be any virgin youth left. They will see their lack of punishment and will think that everything is allowable for them to satisfy their desires. God will call them, however, […]

Seeking Truth Outside the Church

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, […]

What We Are Looking For In The Old Testament

by Fr. John A. Peck The Old Testament is 85%+ of the Bible. That’s a lot, in case you were wondering. If you are going to take the Old Testament Challenge, which starts next Tuesday, Sept. 15, then in order to help you see things with the eye of the Church as we read it, […]

On the Unique and Exclusive Presence of the Holy Spirit

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Christ’s greatest gift to the Church is the gift of the Holy Spirit; this gift is, moreover, original, unique, and exclusive. Now if someone finds this assertion unsurprising, I suspect he may not have given it the critical reflection it calls for. There should be at least a few faithful […]

On Church Preaching

The Moscow Council December 1, 1917 Church preaching, in accordance with the Word of God (Matt. 28:19-20. Mk. 16:15, Acts 1:8, 1 Cor. 9:16, 2 Tim. 4:2, et al.), Church Canons (Apostolic Canons 36 and 58, Canon 19 of the Sixth Ecumenical Council, Canon 2 of the Seventh Ecumenical Council), and the directions of the […]