How to Approach the Reading of the Holy Fathers

by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov Conversation and association with neighbors has a great influence on man. Conversation and contacts with a learned person impart much knowledge; with a poet-many lofty thoughts and feelings; with a traveler-much information about the countries, morals, and manners of people. It is obvious: conversation and acquaintance with the Saints imparts saintliness. […]

Concerning Fasting

by St. Ignatuis Brianchaninov The head or chief of the virtues is prayer; their foundation is fasting. Fasting is constant moderation in food with prudent discernment in its use. Proud man! You think so much and so highly of your mind, while all the time it is in complete and constant dependence on your stomach. […]

The Cup Of Christ

by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov Two beloved disciples asked the Lord for thrones of glory, and He gave them His Cup (Matt. 20:23). The Cup of Christ is suffering. But for those who drink from it on earth, the Cup of Christ grants participation in Christ’s Kingdom. It prepares for them the thrones of eternal glory […]

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 […]

The Cup of Christ

By St. Ignatius Brianchaninov Our father among the saints Ignatius Brianchaninov (1807-1867), was a bishop of the Church of Russia and ascetical writer. In 1857, he was consecrated Bishop of the Caucasus and the Black Sea, but he retired only four years later to devote himself to spiritual writing. He he was a prolific author, […]