He Who Quarrels Consoles the Devil

From the editors: Russian Orthodox Christians in San Francisco continue to abide in the light of the memory and celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Church’s glorification of St. John (Maximovich, +1966). “The days of St. John” in San Francisco are usually ended on the day of the Birth of John the Forerunner, when […]

Confession and Communion

From a discussion with the students of the Moscow Theological Academy at the Lavra of Saint Serge with the Metropolitan of Nafpaktos and Saint Vlassios, Hierotheos Vlachos. Question: How many times a year must one receive Holy Communion? Is the Sacrament of Confession necessarily tied to Holy Communion? Answer: Holy Communion is not absolutely linked […]

The Confession of St. Patrick of Ireland

This day is not all about leprechauns, shamrocks and green beer. This is a day to honor and pray to St. Patrick. He was an influential saint who, 1,500 years ago, brought Christianity to the little country of Ireland. He was born about 385 in the British Isles, was carried off while still very young […]

Encyclical Letter for Annunication

As we approach the holy Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord, we offer this encyclical letter from Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. It is worthy of note that this great feast is the feast of the Incarnation, a powerful statement of the sanctity of life from the very moment of conception, and that as […]

Contrasting Aaron To Moses

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Senior Editor of Touchstone Magazine, and archpriest of All Saints Orthodox Church in Chicago, IL, Fr. Patrick is, perhaps, the most erudite writer in the Orthodox Church in North America today. This article, one of his Pastoral Ponderings, was published by Orthodoxtoday.org. Two parallel scenes in the Pentateuch indicate the […]

Elder Paisius the Athonite on Humility

by Elder Paisius the Athonite Thanks to Moses over at the Burning Bush weblog for this. God loves every person very much, knows the problems of each one of us perfectly and is wishing to give help before our asking for it, because nothing is too difficult for the all-mighty God. But even God is […]

On The World Economic Crisis

by St. Nicholai Velimirovich Our father among the American saints, St. Nicholai Velimirovich, wrote this in response to a request from one of his priests. This is  from the 1929 letter to priest K. This is timeless wisdom, and especially helpful in our own economic crisis. It also reminds us of what must be done […]

The Cup of Christ

by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov Our father among the saints, Ignatius , was a bishop of the Church of Russia and ascetical writer. He is best known for his spiritual and ascetic writings, particularly ‘The Arena.’ His feast day is celebrated on April 30. Two beloved disciples asked the Lord for thrones of glory, and He […]