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 […]

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 […]

On Overcoming Grudges

by St. Maximus the Confessor Our venerable and God-bearing Father Maximus the Confessor (ca. 580-662) was an Orthodox Christian monk and ascetical writer known especially for his courageous fight against the heresy of Monothelitism. His feast days in the Church are celebrated on January 21 and, for the translation of his relics, on August 13. […]

Catechesis 59 by St. Theodore the Studite

Our Venerable and God-bearing Father Theodore the Studite was a hymnographer and theologian as well as the abbot of the Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Studios, outside of Constantinople, during the ninth century. His great theological contribution, On the Holy Icons, was for the defense of icons during the Second Iconoclasm Period (814-842). […]

Homily on Holy Cross Sunday

by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony Bloom (1914 – August 4, 2003) was bishop of the Diocese of Sourozh, the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain and Ireland. He wrote masterfully about Christian prayer, and many Orthodox Christians in Great Britain and throughout the world consider him to be a saint. In […]

How Everyone Should Prepare For Confession

An Excerpt from Exomologetarion: A Manual of Confession by St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite Our venerable and God-bearing Father, Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain (or Nikodemos the Hagiorite) was a great theologian and teacher of the Orthodox Church, reviver of hesychasm, canonist, hagiologist, and writer of liturgical poetry. St. Nicodemus reposed in the Lord in 1809 […]

The Confession Which Leads To Humility

This excerpt from “The Way of A Pilgrim” offers some deep and profound awareness of the grace and love behind an Orthodox sacramental Confession. Turning my eyes carefully upon myself and watching the course of my inward state, I have verified by experience that I do not love God, that I have no religious belief, […]

On The Veneration Of The Holy Cross

by Fr. Alexander Schmemann Our father, Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, (d. 1983) was a prominent 20th century Orthodox Christian priest, theologian, and writer. He taught at St. Vladimir Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY and at St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris, France. His writings have been very influential in contemporary Orthodoxy, and have been translated […]