Category Archives: Spirituality

How to Say the Jesus Prayer

It is really sad that we despise the great treasure we received through Holy Baptism, that is the adoption [by God, see Eph. 1:5], and which we have, as the Apostle says, in earthen vessels (2 Cor. 4:7). And that’s … Continue reading

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The Power of the Name

by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware Prayer and Silence ‘When you pray,’ it has been wisely said by an Orthodox writer in Finland, ‘you yourself must be silent. … You yourself must be silent; let the prayer speak.’ To achieve silence: this … Continue reading

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Archimandrite Maximos Constas on the Spiritual Life

I enthusiastically commend to you this six-part series on the spiritual life by Fr Maximos (Constans). I read these talks last year and found them very helpful, and then listened to the audio recordings during our Canada train trip this … Continue reading

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Reading for Lent

We find ourselves beginning the season of Great Lent. May I commend to you these titles for your spiritual reading and meditation (listed in no particular order): Alexander Schmemann, Great Lent St Gregory of Nazianzus, Festal Orations Kyriacos C. Markides, The Mountain of … Continue reading

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Will the Spiritual Stars Disappear When Night Becomes Day?

Perhaps you saw the recent CNN report on the disappearance of darkness around the globe. For an increasing number of people, the night sky is no longer brilliantly visible. Artificial lighting has driven away the black. The stars are vanishing. … Continue reading

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Praying Out Loud: You Never Knows Who’s Listening In

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: … a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. (Eccles 3:1, 7) For the past two weeks I have been slowly reading Earthen Vessels by … Continue reading

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Akathist of Thanksgiving

Glory be to God for Everything Kontakion 1 Incorruptible King of all ages, holding in your hand every path of human life through the power of your saving Providence. We thank you for all the good things You do, those … Continue reading

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