What is an Anathema?

by St. Theophan the Recluse Rarely does the Rite of Orthodoxy, which is now being performed, take place without censures and reproaches on somebody’s part. And no matter how many sermons are given explaining that the Church here acts wisely for the salvation of her children — still the malcontents just keep repeating their line. […]

On the Last Times, the Antichrist, and the End of the World

by St. Ephraim the Syrian Dearly beloved brothers, believe the Holy Spirit who speaks in us. We have already told you that the end of the world is near, the consummation remains. Has not faith withered away among mankind? How many foolish things are seen among youths, how many crimes among prelates, how many lies […]

The Force that Welds Society Together

by St. John Chrysostom The love of husband and wife is the force that welds society together. Men will take up arms and even sacrifice their lives for the sake of this love. St. Paul would not speak so earnestly about this subject without serious reason; why else would he say, “Wives, be subject to […]

On Those Who Do Not Try To Save Others

by St. John Chrysostom These are sobering words. Take heed. Let us attend. “I do not believe in the salvation of anyone who does not try to save others.”   Source   On Those Who Do Not Try To Save Others Share the post “On Those Who Do Not Try To Save Others” FacebookGoogle+LinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailBookmarkPrint

On the Kalends of January: Sermon for a New Year

by St. John Chrysostom 1. Just as a chorus seeks the chorus leader, and a crew of sailors the helmsman, so also the assembly of these priests today seeks the high-priest and common-father. But in the case of the chorus and the ship frequently the absence of those in charge wrenches them away from good-order and […]

The Origin of “Light from Light” in the Nicene Creed

by St. Hippolytus of Rome 1. Some others are secretly introducing another doctrine, who have become disciples of one Noetus, who was a native of Smyrna, (and) lived not very long ago. This person was greatly puffed up and inflated with pride, being inspired by the conceit of a strange spirit. He alleged that Christ […]

The Keys of the Kingdom – Who Knew?

by St. John Chrysostom We often hear among apologists about who holds the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. I thought I’d share some of the writings of our father among the saints, the Goldenmouth, John Chrysostom! “For the son of thunder, the beloved of Christ, the pillar of the Churches throughout the world, who […]

Ecumenism and the Agony of the Church

by St. Nikolai Velimirovich St. Nikolai’s attitude toward ecumenism is shown by his participation, as an Orthodox bishop and theologian, in the ecumenical meetings and dialogues between the two World Wars, and later he was present, as the accredited visitor, at the meeting of the World Council of Churches in Evanston, Illinois, in 1954. Bishop […]