Orthodox Christianity & Theology

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Paschal Sermon by St. John Chrysostom

This paschal sermon originally composed by St. John Chrysostom is read at all Orthodox paschal services. If any man be devout and love God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast. If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord. […]

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The Life of Abbess Rufina: Royal Path of a Great Struggler

By Abbess Ariadna `Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God, consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith.’ (Heb.13:7)   Abbess Rufina with the Vladimir Icon Chapter I: Olga Kokoreva On June 27, 1872, in the town of Perm, a daughter was born […]

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About Sergianism by Priest Vladimir Krivolutsky

A devastating account of Sergianism in eschatological terms written by a confessor of the catacomb church who suffered in Stalin’s gulag. This article was originally published in the Paris based publication Mepa (Russ.), where it was printed in abridgment. Published to the internet in English translation by Protodeacon Basil Yakimov […]

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In Memory of the Royal Martyrs by St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco

St. John explains the great sacrifices of the Tsar and the Royal family for Russia, and the great sin incurred by the Russian people for the murder of their God-annointed sovereign. Sermon given by St. John during the memorial service for Tsar Nicholas II and those slain with him.   […]

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The Orthodox Doctrine of Causality by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich

The “Serbian Chrysostom” explains the Orthodox position on causes in this memorable lecture.  A good outline of Bishop Nikolai’s thoroughly Orthodox worldview.   ONE of the fundamental points of doctrine in which our Orthodox Faith differs from all the philosophical systems as well as from some non-Orthodox denominations is the […]

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On Truth and Love in the Writings of St. John the Evangelist by Bishop Theophan the Recluse

Bishop Theophan explains how “St. John the Evangelist does not allow one to say: Believe any way you wish, only love” in a clarifying analysis of St. John’s theology of love and belief.  This essay is especially relevant to the current debate on ecumenism.   The Holy Apostle and Evangelist […]

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The Ascension of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ by Archpriest P. Veletsky

A homily from St. Petersburg, 1874, filled with stirring insight into the spiritual meaning of our Lord’s ascension.   What an exalted sight was presented by the ascent of our Lord Jesus Christ. There had been no such triumph since the beginning of the world. It started on earth and […]

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Way of the Ascetics by Tito Colliander

This work is based on the holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church and consists largely of direct or freely rendered extracts from their writings, together with some necessary interpretation and practical application. Monastery of Meteora Introduction The “Way of the Ascetics” is an introduction to the narrow way that leads […]

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Indication of the Way Into the Kingdom of Heaven by St. Innocent Metropolitan of Moscow, Enlightener of America

St. Innocent’s book “Indication of the Way Into the Kingdom of Heaven” was originally written in Aleut in 1833, as part of the missionary endeavours of St. Innocent in North America. Later, it was translated into Russian and was immensely popular, resulting in forty-six editions between 1839 and 1855. In […]

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The Miraculous and Prophetic Vision of St. John of Kronstadt

A remarkable prophecy of the future persecutions of the Russian Church and the apocalyptic ascent of Antichrist. The Holy and Righteous John of Kronstadt recalled this vision which he hadin January of 1901: After evening prayers I laid down to rest a little in my dimly lit cell since I […]

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