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EXHORTATION ON THE PRAYER RULE

Saint and Bishop Ignaty (secular name, Dimitry Aleksandrovich Brianchaninov; 1807-1867) was an outstanding ecclesiastical writer and ascetic of the nineteenth century. He had no special theological education. He studied at the main engineering college in St. Petersburg and in 1824 graduated from it, receiving an officer’s rank. During the following four years he fulfilled various obediences as a novice in ... Read More »

On Prayer – Saint Isaac the Syrian

Prayer is undoubtably the most frequently discussed and most thoroughly developed theme in Saint Isaac…. ‘Prayer’, according to Evagrius Ponticus, ‘is the converse of the mind with God’.[1] For Isaac the Syrian, the converse of the mind with God is the highest and most important spiritual activity of a Christian, and cannot be compared with any other endeavor: ‘Just as nothing ... Read More »