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Nearly 10 years ago

Travelling: leaving a blessing

‘He led them out as far as Bethany.’ We should understand that this occurred on the fortieth day after the Resurrection. You, O reader,

Nearly 10 years ago

Preparation For Confession

St. John of Kronstadt A meditation for those preparing to stand before the Creator and Church community in the awesome Mystery of Holy Confession,

Nearly 10 years ago

Why Are Vigil Lamps Lit Before Icons

by St. Nikolai Velimirovich Living Water First – because our faith is light. Christ said: I am the light of the world (John 8,12).

Nearly 10 years ago

The Purpose of the Pieties

“When the mind forgets the purpose of piety, then visible works of virtue become useless.” –  St. Mark the Ascetic

Nearly 10 years ago

Better to do nothing, than anything without Prayer.

Comment: Just as before work of any kind, it is always and ever the Orthodox praxis to pray before reading the scriptures, before reading

Nearly 10 years ago

Short, Useful Prayers

More short prayers Orthodox Christians frequently use or find good for repetition, from our Holy Fathers: “All shall be saved, and I alone shall

Nearly 10 years ago

Adoring the Cross

“Hail! life-giving Cross, unconquerable trophy of the true faith, door to Paradise, succour of the faithful, rampart set about the Church. Through thee the

Nearly 10 years ago

The Best Known Celtic Prayer

Is Hebrew: “The LORD bless thee and keep thee. The LORD make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The

Nearly 10 years ago

Remembering the Saints in All Things

Comment: Remembering the saints in everyday, mundane things is an old custom of all Orthodox worldwide, and is sometimes obscured today by the modern

Nearly 10 years ago

Pieties among the Celts

Comment: Celtic prayer consistently shows a recognition of God in all things, in the mundane, and likewise the practice of the pieties, the “taking

Nearly 10 years ago

The First Piety: Prayer

Some examples of pious prayers from the prayer books:  Entering a Church: I will enter Thy gates with thanksgiving and Thy courts with praise.

Nearly 10 years ago

Effort and Talk

“Let us seek to discover the things of heaven through the sweat of our efforts, rather than by mere talk, for at the hour