“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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

On Dispositions of the Heart: Elder Porphyrios

An Excerpt from “Wounded By Love: The Life of Teachings of Elder Porphyrios From: http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/elderporphyrios_illness.aspx I feel illness as the love of Christ ‘My Christ, Your love knows no limits!’ I thank God for granting me many illnesses. [1] I often say to Him: ‘My Christ, Your love knows no limits!’ How I am alive is […]

How We Should Treat Other People – Met. Gregory of St. Petersburg (1904)

From: http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/conduct.aspx The answer to this question is given by the Lord Himself: Love thy neighbor(Luke 10:27). The Lord Jesus Christ very categorically demands that we love one another. While giving His last instructions to His disciples before His suffering, He often, and with great force, entrusted them with this love. Namely: This is My commandment, That ye […]

The Place of the Lives of the Saints in the Spiritual Life

A talk delivered at the Annual Assembly of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, February 16/March 1, 2002. 1. The Significance of the Lives of the Saints In order to begin to understand the importance of the Lives of the Saints for our spiritual lives, I believe we can turn to no better or […]

Homily on Being Thankful – by St. Basil the Great

From: http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/stbasil_homily_thanksgiving.aspx 1. You have heard the words of the Apostle, in which he addresses the Thessalonians, prescribing rules of conduct for every kind of person. His teaching, to be sure, was directed towards particular audiences; but the benefit to be derived therefrom is relevant to every generation of mankind. Rejoice evermore, he says; Pray without […]