Orthodox Feasts

The Church

  • As there is one God and one Lord, so also true dignity is expressed by oneness in the image of the One Principle. And so, the one Church, which heresies make an effort to cut into many, is likened by...

Faith and Prayer

  • "Восставши от сна, всякий христианин, став перед св. иконами, пусть прочитает молитву Господню "Отче наш" трижды, в честь Пресвятой Троицы, потом песнь Богородице "Богородице Дево, радуйся" также...
  • Father John had the greatest gift of prayer. This was his distinctive characteristic. He profoundly believed with all his heart in the grace, given to him as a priest by God, to pray for God's people...
  • On having any evil thought, one must call upon God's help, for, as St. Isaac of Syria said, we do not always possess within ourselves the strength to oppose evil thoughts, and there is no help in...
  • The Savior commanded: go into your closet and pray there to God the Father in secret. That closet, according to the interpretation of Holy Hierarch St. Dimitry of Rostov, is the heart. It follows...
  • Here in the church there is the one thing needful: Here is a refuge from the vanity and the storms of life. Here is the calm harbor for souls seeking after salvation. Here is incorruptible food and...
  • Blessed are the pure in heart. From the Lord’s sermon on the mount. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Psalm 50. Keep watch over your heart throughout your life. Keep an eye on, and pay attention to...
  • Faith is a gift that has a beneficial effect upon our disposition. It engenders within us the fear of God, and it is fear of God that teaches us to obey the Commandments and to live virtuously. A...
  • ...There is also human righteousness, a righteousness according to external laws, but a righteousness of little significance, not having perfection and plenitude and based on human considerations....
  • Set aside all considerations of: is killing millions of people, women, children, and the elderly, permissible or impermissible. Instead, try to display your proper moral sense in trivialities: do not...

Love for God and One Another

  • A certain poslushnik [one under obedience, a monastic novice] asked the elder, "Who, father, can obey all of the Commandments, when there are so many of them?" The Elder answered, "One who emulates...
  • One who obeys God’s will honors and glorifies God, while one who transgresses God’s law dishonors Him. St. Basil the Great. Let us not consider praise an unimportant matter; rather let our life raise...
  • A brother asked Abba Moses, what helps a man in all of his difficulty? The elder replied: God helps, for it is written: “Our God is refuge and strength, a helper in afflictions which mightily befall...
  • If you have shown compassion for people here [on earth], that will be of wonderful help to you at the day of Judgment. Venerable St. Ephraim the Syrian. Even if you school yourself in the highest...

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