A Place Not of This World

“O Lord, I have loved the beauty of Thy house, and the place where Thy glory dwelleth” (Ps. 25/26:8). Deep reverence and concern for the beauty of the Lord's house is characteristic of the servants of God. The Psalmist loves the House of the Lord because it is the place where the Glory of the …

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Frozen Martyrs of the North, an Account from the Life of Elder Nikolai Guryanov

In this post I'm blessed to share with you, the reader, a brief account from the life of Elder Nikolai Guryanov, of blessed memory, which I translated from Russian. If you are unfamiliar with the life of this God-bearing elder, you may do further reading here and here. I believe the following story sheds more …

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The Inverted Commandments

“Thou shalt love the Lord your God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matt. 22:37-40). The …

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Who of us is Christ’s?

Below is a translation from Russian of a short message from Met. Luke of Zaporozhye. His words remind me of those of Bl. Seraphim Rose, "Orthodoxy is something first of all of the heart, not just the mind, something warm and not abstract and cold, something learned and practiced in life." Begin translation- Who of …

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To The Church of Sardis: Living with the Spiritually Dead

“To the angel of the Church of Sardis write: 'These things says the One Who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and are dead” (Rev. 3:1). In his monumental commentary on the book of Revelation, Archimandrite Athanasios makes clear …

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A Kingdom Not of This World

“My Kingdom is not of this world ...” (Jn. 18:36). The “world is the general name for all the passions, when we wish to call the passions by a general name, we call them the world,” teaches St. Issac the Syrian. Thus, the Kingdom of our Lord is not OF this fallen order of sinfulness. …

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