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How to Understand Our Church Calendar

The late Very Reverend Boris Molchanov (Rocor) composed this study of the development of the civil and Church calendars and of the Paschalion at the end of which study he demonstrates profoundly the indissoluble bond between the Julian Calendar and the Church Calendar. His tone unfortunately is a little biting […]

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Saint Spyridon of Tremithus

  Prayer to St. Spyridon of Trimythus Dec 12(o.s.) O most blessed hierarch Spyridon, thou great Saint of Christ and glorious wonder-worker! Standing in heaven before the throne of God with choirs of Angels, look down with a compassionate eye upon the people gathered here (names may be added) and asking thy […]

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The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles; mankind draws its first breath of the Spirit of God

The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles was mankind’s first inspiration of breath from the Spirit of God. Remember Ezekiel’s prophecy about the valley full of human bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14). Remember how, by his word, bone joined to bone, how the bones were then covered with sinews, flesh […]

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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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