“With My Own Eyes”: Stories of Faith From Communist Prison in Romania

With My Own Eyes A Lutheran Pastor’s Firsthand Account of Prison Life by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand   I am a Christian from an Orthodox country—the country of Romania. Having been in prison for fourteen years for my faith, it is now my missionary work to help persecuted Christians in Communist countries. I would like to […]

What is the Meaning and Promise of Repentance (YouTube Audio)

The following talk was given by Jodi Haley of the Orthodox Reading Room in Beaverton, Oregon during Great Lent 2015.  Using the story of the life of St. Mary of Egypt, Jodi provides an excellent description of the meaning of repentance in the Orthodox Christian tradition juxtaposed with what has become the western Christian understanding.

Is the Form of Worship Important?

The following is a response to an assertion that is often heard in our day. Statement: “Form of worship is not important, just our desire for God’s presence.”  Response: Forgive me my friend, but I am concerned that this statement is misleading.  No question that love and desire for the Lord’s presence is paramount.  No […]

Is It Important to Attend Weekday Services?

From: http://www.stvladimiraami.org/faqs.shtml#w-services With some additions and edits by Fr. Michael Shanbour   Q:  Is it necessary to attend weekday services, or is Sunday morning sufficient? A:  This is a difficult subject. Our society and media often present Christianity as a Sunday morning only exploit. It is unclear, based on this popular understanding of Christianity, what […]

Blessing (and swimming) the Columbia River – Video!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii0oYc0l2Fs&feature=youtu.be Each year, on January 5th & 6th, Orthodox Christians celebrate the feast of Theophany (“Manifestation of God), also called Epiphany (Manifestation).  The Feast, which celebrates the baptism of Jesus Christ, comes after the celebration of His birth and can be understood as the beginning of Christ’s manifestation to the world as God’s Only-begotten Son, […]

Justification By Faith: Quotes from the Early Church Fathers on

For what reason was our father Abraham blessed?  Was it not because he worked righteousness and truth through faith? St. Clement of Rome (30-96AD), 1.13. (according to early church historians he was disciple of St. Paul, and is the Clement mentioned in Phil. 4:3, his Epistle was considered as Scripture by many in the early […]

Marriage: The Great Sacrament by Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra, Mount Athos

Nobody would dispute that the most important day in a person’s life, after his birth and baptism, is that of his marriage. It is no surprise, then, that the aim of contemporary worldly and institutional upheavals is precisely to crush the most honorable and sacred mystery of marriage. For many people, marriage is an opportunity […]

St. Seraphim of Sarov’s Conversation With Nicholas Motovilov

St. Seraphim of Sarov’s Conversation With Nicholas Motovilov  A Wonderful Revelation to the World From: http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/wonderful.aspx This revelation is undoubtedly of world-wide significance. True, there is nothing essentially new in it, for the full revelation was given to the Apostles from the very day of Pentecost. But now that people have forgotten the fundamental truths […]

On Hell

 God does not punish someone in the future; rather, each person makes himself receptive to the partaking of God. And the partaking of God is bliss, while the non-partaking of Him is punishment (Hell)…” St. John of Damascus    

The Life of St. Antony the Great, by St. Athanasius of Alexandria

  The Life of St. Antony the Great (born 250AD) written by St. Athanasius of Alexandria (also called by the title “The Great) in about 356AD is one of the great classics of Christian literature.  Here we have an verbal icon of Christian perfection, of Christian ascetical practice, and of wisdom from a recognized spiritual […]