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From An Athonite Gerontikon

The Karouliotan ascetic elder Philaretos, when nearing his end, called his co-ascetic neighbor, Gabriel, to come to him and bring a pick-axe and shovel. “Brother come, my end is near. I must prepare for my trip. By your love, let … Continue reading

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From the Apophthegmata Patrum

An old man said, “If it were possible, at the time of the coming of Christ after the Resurrection, that men’s souls should die of fear, the whole world would die of terror and confusion.  What a sight, to see … Continue reading

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On Marriage and Family Life

On Marriage and Family Life Excerpts from notes made by the Royal Martyr Empress Alexandra Fedorovna Foreword There are many religious treatises to be found on monasticism, but there are too few books dedicated to acquainting the contemporary reader with … Continue reading

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Look How the Night Grows Pale

Look how the night grows pale; the darkness gives way to a delicate, serene blueness. So gradually as to be scarcely noticeable, traces of light appear in the east. It is no longer night, but neither is it yet day. … Continue reading

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The Pearl: Seven Hymns On The Faith

The Pearl: Seven Hymns On The Faith by St. Ephraim of Syria Translated by J.B. Morris re-edited by John Gwynn HYMN I. ** 1. ** On a certain day a pearl did I take up, my brethren; I saw in … Continue reading

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St. Nikolai Velimirovic on the Lord’s Prayer

This is from the website of Sts. Peter and Paul Serbian Orthodox Church in Lilburn GA. We will be visiting there from time to time as it is much closer to our home than our own parish (10 miles vs … Continue reading

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Concerning the Jesus Prayer: From the Jordanville Prayer Book (1996 ed.)

In the First Epistle to the Thessalonians the Apostle Paul says: Pray without ceasing. How, then, is one to pray unceasingly? By often repeating the Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.” If one becomes … Continue reading

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