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St Nikolai Velimirovich: Woman as a Symbol of Christ

ST NIKOLAI VELIMIROVICH Our Lord described Himself as a woman because women are more careful than men in looking after property, in keeping the house in order and in receiving guests The Ten Drachmas: The Lord in the Guise of a Woman The Lost Drachma, Illustration from “The life of Our Lord Jesus Christ” by James Jacques Joseph Tissot Can ... Read More »

Saint Theophan the Recluse: What it means to be Diligent

Seeking to live the life according to God’s will is what we are called to do.  This Saint Theophan calls being diligent. Here is how he puts it.  Our entire lives, in all their parts and  details, must be devoted to God. The general rule is that everything you do should be done according to the Divine will and for ... Read More »

ST KOSMAS THE AETOLIAN: A TEACHING ON HOW TO PRAY

My dearly beloved, The Lord wants to protect us from great calamities as well as the dangers of the Final Judgement, He bestowed one particular teaching essential for protecting and saving us. What is this teaching I am referring to? Simply that to do on to others what you would expect them to do to you, for if you do not ... Read More »

Homily on the Nativity of the Theotokos – St. John of Kronstadt

We solemnly celebrate, dear brothers and sisters, the Nativity of the Most Holy Virgin Mary from her barren parents, pious Joachim and Anna. The Holy Church established this feast during the first centuries of the Christian Faith. The event that we celebrate—the birth of the God-Chosen maiden—brought joy to all the world, for the God-man, Jesus Christ, Who shone forth ... Read More »

The Confessions of St. Patrick

Unlike most Western pre-schism Orthodox saints, St. Patrick the Enlightener of Ireland left us a description of his conversion and apostolic labours in his own words. They are known as his “Confessions”.    *1. I, Patrick, a sinner, a most simple countryman, the least of all the faithful and most contemptible to many, had for father the deacon Calpurnius, son of ... Read More »

Writings of Saint Nectarios of Aegina: An Anthology of Nectarian Teachings

Selected Passages From the Writings of Orthodox Saints Compiled by Father Demetrios Serfes Christianity. Christian religion is not a certain philosophic system, about which learned men, trained in metaphysical studies, argue and then either espouse or reject, according to the opinion each one has formed. It is faith, established in the souls of men, which ought to be spread to the ... Read More »