How to Stand with Diligent Attention at the Divine Liturgy: A Sermon by St. Seraphim (Zvezdinski)

Below the reader will find my translation from Russian of Sermon Fourteen on the Div. Liturgy by St. Seraphim (Zvezdenski). This sermon is part of a continuing series of sermons by St. Seraphim (twenty-two in all) that I am in the process of translating. The preceding sermons may be found here. The sermon title is …

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Church, Government, and Sergianism

“Give ear, you that rule over multitudes and boast of many nations. For your dominion was given you from the Lord, and your sovereignty from the Most High, Who will search out your plans. Because as servants of his kingdom you do not rule rightly or keep the law or walk according to the purpose …

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The Time of Testing has Come

Below the reader will find a very spiritually edifying letter from St. Nikon of Optina. St. Nikon was one of the last Elders of the Monastery of Optina. He served in Optina until it was totally shut down by the Soviets in the early 1920s. St Nikon, like hundreds of thousands of other Orthodox Christians, …

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Understanding the Signs of the Times: Apostasy and Antichrist (Part 2).

Below the reader will find part two of the very spiritually profitable talk given by Archbishop Averky of blessed memory. The original title is “‘Salt is beguiling’ – a sign of the approaching end: To the centenary of the blessed repose of Bishop Ignatius (Bryanchaninov).” Part one may be found here. I provide the text …

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Understand the Signs of the Times (part 1)

Below the reader will find a most spiritually profitable talk given by Archbishop Averky of blessed memory on the teachings of St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov). I have provided the text "as is" below, it is taken from a collection of Archbp. Averky's works. The original title is, "'Salt is beguiling' - a sign of the approaching …

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The Gatekeepers and the Kingdom of Heaven

Almost anything, even profitable things, maybe twisted by men for improper use. The Old Testament Law and Covenant were good, as the Scriptures testify. Yet, many a person in the Old Testament abused the good revelation of God to Moses on Sinai for their own means and ends. Numerous books of the Prophets clearly address …

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The Lord, Who has Revealed Himself to Us

Below the reader will find my translation from the Russian of sermons 12 and 13 "On the Divine Liturgy," by St. Seraphim (Zvezdenski). The preceding sermons may be found here. All titles and footnotes are my own. Sermon 12 The earthly life of our Lord Jesus Christ up until the point of His being revealed …

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The Antiphons: Hymns of Holy Delight

Below the reader will find my translation of sermon 11 in the series of sermons by St. Seraphim on the Div. Liturgy. May his inspired words of explanation on the Div. Liturgy continue to stir up in us a deeper love for God and a greater zeal to worship Him. (All titles are my own …

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Sacred Fear of the Holy Things

Below the reader will find a beautiful excerpt from a sermon by St. Sebastian (Dabovich) For Holy Communion. The excerpt is from an old Orthodox Word. In our times, and I would suspect in any times too, it is of great benefit to remind ourselves of the manner in which the Saints speak about the …

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On Truth and Love

Below the reader will find the work of St. Theophan the Recluse, "On Truth and Love." On some of my social media accounts, I posted the recent statement from the Synod of the OCA, "On Same-Sex Relations and Sexual Identity." In it, Glory to God, the Synod upholds Orthodox teaching. It was striking to me …

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