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On this page, you will find some very fine Orthodox material.  We will offer books and audio to help you in your spiritual walk.

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A Guide to Orthodox Life: Some Beliefs, Customs, and Traditions of the Church

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Written by Protopresbyter David Cownie and Presbytera Juliana Cownie

A popular, lucid, and utterly practical introduction to the Orthodox way of life, this guide covers the whole spectrum of daily living according to the Holy Tradition of Orthodoxy. This is essential reading for all Orthodox, but especially for prospective or recent converts. It supplies detailed information, unavailable for the most part anywhere else in English, on Orthodox piety, fasting, maintaining a regular cycle of prayer in the home, family life, management of money, Church etiquette, preparation for the Mysteries, and proper behavior towards clergy and when visiting monasteries.

From The Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies.
paperback 124 pgs.

paperback :  $8.95

Man of God: Saint John of Shanghai & San Francisco

Archpastor, apostle, ascetic, miracle-worker, theologian, man of prayer... Archbishop John Maximovitch (1896-1966) was a spiritual phenomenon. Those who knew him have described him as "a living source of God's wonders," "the embodiment of all Christian virtues," "a miracle of ascetic firmness," "a model archpastor," who had the gift of being able "to see into the human heart and draw it to Christ." His was a life of total surrender to God, a life that offers a glimpse into the mystery of holiness.


As a hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, the newly-glorified Saint John was a devoted shepherd, accessible to the least among his flock and keenly aware of the problems of modern life. At the same time, his wisdom and his ways belonged not to this world but to the timeless reality of the heavenly realm. And it is from this realm that he reaches down even today with his extraordinary power of prayer, healing the sick, guiding the lost, and igniting tired and discouraged hearts with the miracle of renewed faith and love. The reminiscences, sermons and testimonies of miracles compiled in this volume reflect a spiritual vitality so refreshingly different from the pallid experience of today's Christianity. Here, truly, is a man of God.


The reminiscences, sermons and testimonies of miracles compiled in this volume reflect a spiritual vitality so refreshingly different from the pallid experience of today's Christianity. Here, truly, is a man of God.


Nikodemus Orthodox Publication Society – paperback 250 pgs, 20 pgs photos, 2nd edition.

 
paperback :  $14.95

Unseen Warfare
Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain, ed.

This spiritual classic was written by Lorenzo Scupoli, a sixteenth-century Venetian priest. Immensely popular in its own day, it was ranked by Francis de Sales with the Imitation of Christ. In the general rapport between Western and Eastern Christendom, it reached Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain, who first recognized its immense spiritual worth, and later, in the nineteenth century, Theophan the Recluse, both of whom edited and translated the work.

Rich in its references to the teachings of the saints and Fathers, Unseen Warfare combines the insights of West and East on that spiritual combat which is the road to perfection and the stripping away of all that militates against it. Staretz Theophan wrote in his foreword, "the arena, the field of battle, the site where the fight actually takes place is our own heart and all our inner man. The time of battle is our whole life."

Translated by E. Kadloubovsky & G.E.H. Palmer
5.5 x 8.5, 280 pp
paperback :  $21.95

The Venerable Cyril & Maria: Life, Service and Akathist

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The Venerable Cyril and Maria, the parents of St. Sergius of Radonezh, present a model of pious living which is instructive and inspiring for monastics and laypeople alike. Here is their Life, Service, and Akathist, together with a history of the Hotkovo Monastery where they labored in old age. Published in 2008 by the Hermitage of the Holy Cross in commemoration of the 700th anniversary of Hotkovo Monastery.

trans. by Reader Isaac Lambertsen
100 pp, printed on heavy paper, full color w. illustrations, paperback 4.5 x 6.5 in.
pp color:  $10.00

Optina Elders Series
Elder Barsanuphius of Optina vol. VII

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Elder Barsanuphius (1845–1913), a disciple of Elder Anatole (Zertsalov) and Elder Nektary, was a highly cultured man and a successful colonel before entering the monastic life at a relatively late age. Due to his purity of heart and spiritual sobriety, he was transformed by God into a grace-filled Elder virtually overnight. The period before the first World War and the Russian Revolution was a complex one. The world was seething in unprecedented passions, and one could clearly sense the approach of darkness. With a sympathetic soul Elder Barsanuphius attended to the world, and the Lord parted a curtain before him, showing him the horrors of the future. Paperback, 840 pgs.

Elder Barsanuphius:  $18.00

Elder Leonid of Optina vol. I

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Elder Leonid was very significant for Optina Monastery and for all of Russia. He introduced and firmly established in Optina the ancient tradition of eldership transmitted through St. Paisius Velichkovsky—a tradition founded on the Holy Scriptures and the teachings of the Holy Fathers. Also included in this volume is the Life of Elder Leonid’s preceptor, Elder Theodore of Svir. paperback, 272 pgs.

Elder Leonid:  $10.00

Elder Sebastian of Optina vol. VI

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The spiritual image of Elder Sebastian (1884–1966) is that of a longsuffering, quiet bearer of the vision of the Optina monastic tradition—destined to preserve Optina eldership through decades of communist persecution of the Church. After the closure of Optina Monastery in 1923, Fr. Sebastian—a disciple of both Elder Joseph and Elder Nektary—matured rapidly into a truly compassionate pastor. He suffered arrest and imprisonment by the communists in 1933, and was sentenced to ten years in the Karaganda concentration camps of Kazakhstan. Paperback, 496 pgs.

Elder Sebastian:  $15.00

Little Russian Philokalia Series
St. Theodore of Sanaxar vol. V
Elder Theodore, a spiritual instructor of St. Herman of Alaska, was born into a noble family in Russia in 1719. He served in the elite Preobrazhensky Regiment in St. Petersburg and was personally known to Empress Elizabeth Petrovna. However, shaken by the sudden death of one of his companions, he abandoned his life of ease and advantage and fled to the wilderness to take up a life of repentance and prayer. The fifth volume of the Little Russian Philokalia Series is dedicated to a remarkable Holy Father central to the spiritual blossoming of 19th-century Russia. Contained in this book are: the Life of the Elder, his spiritual counsels to the monks and nuns under his direction, a number of his letters, the monastic rule of Sanaxar Monastery, and a first-hand account of his canonization. Paperback, 192 pgs.
St Theodore :  $12.00

Blessed Fr. Seraphim Rose
Father Seraphim Rose: His Life and Works

This epic biography of Hieromonk Seraphim Rose tells the unique story of a man who, having grown up in a typical American home in southern California, became one of the greatest teachers of Orthodox Christianity in our times, loved and revered throughout Russia and Eastern Europe.

    Quoting at length from his letters, journals, manuscripts, recorded lectures and published writings, this book traces Fr. Seraphim’s intense search for truth and his philosophical development, setting forth his message and offering a glimpse into the soul of a man who lived, even while on this earth, in the otherworldly Kingdom of God.

    “We who are given the fullness of true Christianity are obliged to be working on ourselves, to be watching the signs of the times, and to be extremely joyful, as St. Paul is constantly saying: ‘Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say: Rejoice!’ (Phil. 4:4). We rejoice because we have something which all the death and corruption of this world cannot take away, that is, the eternal Kingdom of Jesus Christ.”

—Fr. Seraphim Rose, 1979, from the new book

    A greatly revised version of Not of This World, this new Life of Fr. Seraphim incorporates years of new research and includes much additional material. Because it deals closely with events in the recent history of Orthodoxy in America, the book has been reviewed prior to publication by clergy, monastics and laypeople from most of the Orthodox jurisdictions represented in this country.

• New, previously unpublished material by Fr. Seraphim.
• New reminiscences by those who knew Fr. Seraphim.
• 63 new photographs.
• Expanded and updated bibliography and source notes.

1160 pages, 234 illustrations, paperback,
Smyth-sewn binding for greater durability

    "THIS is the Fr. Seraphim I remember, and how wonderful it was to read this biography and relive it all. Fr. Damascene’s work is a fine reconstruction of the Platina Years’ that affected so many of us in a positive way. But most important of all, Fr. Seraphim lives again in these pages—just as I recall him—a warm, clear-thinking advocate of that which we need so badly these days: a suffering Orthodoxy of the heart.… This is a truly exceptional book, worthy of the noble and righteous Fr. Seraphim!”

—Hieromonk Ambrose (formerly Fr. Alexey Young), author of Letters from Father Seraphim

    "The Light of Christ, shining through Fr. Seraphim, illumines the path of faith and encourages us who attempt to follow in the way. Hieromonk Damascene presents this light-filled life in words so clear and inviting that the reader eagerly follows, page after page.”

—Frederica Mathewes-Green, National Public Radio commentator, author of At the Corner of East and Now and The Illumined Heart

    "This new biography of Fr. Seraphim Rose is an outstanding portrait of an American convert to Orthodoxy, who, having found the fulfillment of his life in the Orthodox Church, paved the way for thousands of others to follow him. This excellent book is both a challenge and an inspiration to all who are searching for intellectual and spiritual integrity, not only in word and thought, but as a whole way of life.”

—Hieromonk Jonah, Abbot of the Monastery of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, editor of Divine Ascent

    "In this new account of the life of Fr. Seraphim, Fr. Damascene has given a great gift to the Church—he has revealed to us the true life and ministry of an American-born saint. Here Fr. Seraphim speaks as an authentic witness, a true ‘martyrios’ and ‘confessor.’ To those who are afflicted with doubt, out of his own doubt he bears witness to the Truth. To those who are wrestling with passion, out of his own struggle he bears witness to Dispassion. And to those who are suffering, out of his own intense pain he bears witness to joy.”

—Fr. John Mack, author of Ascending the Heights and Preserve Them, O Lord

    "Fr. Seraphim Rose was a lover of tradition who was also far ahead of his time. His inspiring life and thought deserve to be more widely appreciated.”

—Phillip E. Johnson, author of Darwin on Trial and The Wedge of Truth

smyth-sewn paperback:  $29.99

God's Revelation to the Human Heart

“When conversion takes place, the process of revelation occurs in a very simple way—a person is in need, he suffers, and then somehow the other world opens up. The more you are in suffering and difficulties and are ‘desperate’ for God, the more He is going to come to your aid, reveal Who He is and show you the way out.…”

—Fr. Seraphim Rose

What does man seek in religion, and what should he seek in it? How does God reveal Himself in order to bring man to a knowledge of the Truth? How does suffering help this revelation to occur? Fr. Seraphim Rose addressed these and other issues during a lecture at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1981. GOD’S REVELATION TO THE HUMAN HEART is a transcription of that lecture, together with the question-and-answer session that followed between Fr. Seraphim and the university students.

“Why is the truth, it would seem, revealed to some and not to others? Is there a special organ for receiving revelation from God? Yes, though usually we close it and do not let it open up: God’s revelation is given to something called a loving heart.”

—excerpt from GOD’S REVELATION TO THE HUMAN HEART

Drawing upon a wealth of sources—the Holy Scriptures, patristic writings, the Lives of ancient and modern saints, and accounts of persecuted Christians in today’s world—Fr. Seraphim leads the audience to the core of all Christian life: the conversion of the heart of man, which begins to burn with love for Christ and transforms one into a new being.

48 pages, illustrated, full-color cover, paperback

paperback:  $6.00

Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future

   The psychic phenomena of today are symptoms of the emergence of a new spirituality that is molding the world religion of the future—phenomena such as Yoga, Zen, Tantra, Transcendental Meditation, Guru Maharaj-ji, Hare Krishna, UFO’s, the Charismatic Movement, and Jonestown.

    “None of these by itself … has a crucial significance in the spiritual makeup of contemporary man; but each one in its own way typifies the striving of men today to find a new spiritual path, distinct from the Christianity of yesterday, and the sum of them together reveals a frightening unity of purpose whose final end seems just now to be looming above the horizon.”

–Fr. Seraphim Rose

    This work is a concise and unequivocal Orthodox statement on contemporary trends; its urgent message rings loud and clear. Viewed from the foundation of patristic teaching, many of the spiritual movements of today are seen to be spiritual deceptions which have existed since the beginning of the Church—and not achievements of a “new religious consciousness.” Addressing soberly and directly the trends of pseudo-spirituality which appear enticing today, ORTHODOXY AND THE RELIGION OF THE FUTURE provides a beacon of discernment in these times of widespread deception.

    ORTHODOXY AND THE RELIGION OF THE FUTURE examines a broad spectrum of issues facing modern Christians—each from the perspective of the early Church Fathers. As the “New Age” is becoming a household concept and is moving into wider acceptance by mainstream society, the “new religious consciousness” can be seen progressing precisely along the lines described by the late Fr. Seraphim. Included in this edition is an epilogue that chronicles the signs of the religion of the future that have made their appearance since this book was first published.

252 pages, full-color cover, paperback

Paperback :  $10.00

The First-Created Man

THE FIRST-CREATED MAN is a collection of seven homilies which deal with Adam’s fall and our redemption by Jesus Christ.

    A knowledge of the beginning and end of all things is essential for us to understand the purpose of our existence here on this earth, and what lies beyond it. For a true interpretation of the first and last things, we must turn to those teachers who beheld the beginning and end in a state of divine vision. Among these great seers was St. Symeon the New Theologian (949–1022): he speaks of the mysteries of the beginning and end precisely because he has seen them.

    St. Symeon’s profound homilies on Adam and the future age give the theological foundation for the Christian life of struggle. The original state of man from which Adam fell tells of our deepest nature, of which our present fallen nature is a corruption that is to be overcome; and the future state of blessedness is the goal to which our Christian struggle is aimed, and to which we can attain, by God’s grace, despite our fallen state.

    “Adam did not wish to say, ‘I sinned,’ but said rather the contrary of this and placed the blame for transgression upon God Who created everything ‘very good,’ saying to Him, ‘The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I ate.’ And after him, she placed the blame on the serpent, and they did not wish at all to repent and beg forgiveness of Him.”

—St. Symeon, Homily 45

    These homilies of St. Symeon have been selected, translated, and introduced by Fr. Seraphim Rose with the aim of reconnecting modern man with the ancient understanding of the true purpose of life.

124 pages, illustrated, full-color cover, paperback

124 pgs. paperback :  $8.00

The Place of Blessed Augustine in the Orthodox Church

When Fr. Seraphim learned that the early Western Father, Blessed Augustine of Hippo, was being attacked in contemporary Eastern Orthodox circles, then he—himself a Western convert to Orthodoxy—rose in his defense. This book is the outcome. Fr. Seraphim said he wrote it in the hope that it would help remove Augustine as a scapegoat for today’s academic theologians, and thus “help free us all to see his and our own weaknesses in a little closer light—for his weaknesses, to a surprising degree, are indeed close to our own.”

    “Narrow is the mansion of my soul; enlarge Thou it, that Thou mayest enter in … for without Thee what am I to myself except a guide to my own downfall?”

—Blessed Augustine of Hippo

    After discussing Blessed Augustine’s strengths and weaknesses, Fr. Seraphim examines the views of other Holy Fathers concerning him. “His main benefit to us today,” he writes, “is probably precisely as a Father of Orthodox piety—something with which he was filled to overflowing.… Here he is one with the simple Orthodox faithful, as well as with all the Holy Fathers of East and West who, whatever their various failings and differences in theoretical points of doctrine, had a single deeply Christian heart and soul. It is this that makes him unquestionably an Orthodox Father.”

    This new edition of THE PLACE OF BLESSED AUGUSTINE IN THE ORTHODOX CHURCH contains letters written by Fr. Seraphim concerning Augustine, passages from Augustine’s Confessions which Fr. Seraphim found especially moving, and an Orthodox service to Blessed Augustine, commissioned by St. John Maximovitch.

144 pages, illustrated, full-color cover, paperback

143 pgs paperback :  $10.00

Orthodox Books
Christ: The Alpha and Omega

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Bishop Athanasius Yevtich The Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America is pleased to announce the publication of an outstanding book by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, a disciple of the great twentieth-century theologian Archimandrite Justin Popovich. Bishop Athanasius' thought combines adherence to the teachings of the Church Fathers with a vibrant faith and a profound experience of Christ in the Church.

Christ, The Alpha and Omega is the first of a planned collection of works of contemporary Serbian theologians. It is an anthology of Bishop Athanasius' articles which have appeared in Serbian, Greek, French, English and Russian. Focusing on themes central to Christian patristic Triadology, Ecclesiology and Anthropology, the book reveals the ultimate purpose of man and the universe, and speaks of how each of us can realize this purpose within the divine-human community of the Orthodox Church. Bishop Athanasius reminds us that the God-man Jesus Christ is the Beginning and the End of all things, and that we must seek our own end, goal, and fulfillment in Him.

The book is adorned with striking illustrations by Fr. Stamatis Skliris, a parish priest in Athens who is renowned as an iconographer and as a writer and lecturer on Byzantine iconography.

Softcover 256 pgs

softcover:  $20.00

Confession of Faith

In his Confession of Faith, written just two years before his blessed repose, St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite offers a personal response to his critics and accusers - a personal apologia written also on behalf of his brother Kollyvades. Defending the truth and the canonical order of the Church, he addresses such issues as the meaning of kolyva, the proper time for the celebration of Memorial Services, the special prerogatives due to Sunday, the theology of the divine Eucharist and the frequency of Holy Communion. Moreover, one is brought face to face with this great and holy personality, seeing him not only as a Saint and great Father of the Church, but as a sympathetic and honorable man full of love for his fellow Christians, especially for his enemies.

Vol 3 in the series, softcover, 115 pgs

softcover:  $6.00

Emmanuel: The Only Begotten and Firstborn Among Many Brethren

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Bishop Athanasius Yevtich

In Emmanuel, the second anthology of Bishop Athanasius' articles to appear in English, His Grace explores themes of Orthodox Christology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Gnoseology. How can we know Who God is? How can we know who we are, as human persons created in His image and likeness? How can we become one with Him? Bishop Athanasius examines these and other foundational questions in depth in this volume, drawing from a wealth of Scriptural and patristic sources. In discussing diverse theological subjects, he always returns to his overarching theme: the communion that man can have with God through Jesus Christ the God-man, within Christ's Church and above all in the Holy Eucharist. His exquisite and unique way of engaging the reader in mutual dialogue, with the living Eucharistic experience permeating his every thought, instills in the reader a burning desire for that communion.

Soft-bound

Contemporary Christian Thought Series, No. 3 - First Edition 229 pages

softcover:  $20.00

Father Gerasim of New Valaam

“…A monk like me, fleeing the glory of men, will come and live on Spruce Island.” —St. Herman of Alaska

This prophecy was fulfilled 100 years later in the person of Father Gerasim (1888–1969), who lived a hermitic way of life on Spruce Island, Alaska, for 30 years, praying alone for the world. His standard was Christianity of the heart.

FATHER GERASIM OF NEW VALAAM includes a preliminary Life of this righteous confessor, together with selections from his letters and three of his articles, all of which are largely autobiographical. From his words there emerges a warm, loving and endearing man, close to God’s creation. At the same time, we see him as a bearer of the holy tradition of Optina Monastery, a true knower of God to whom contact with the other world was a common reality.

112 pages, illustrated, full-color cover, paperback, $5.00

softcover:  $5.00

Father Herman - Alaska's Saint

By F.A. Golder  (Papercut illistrations by Nikki McClure)

In 1794 a group of Russian missionaries from Valaam Monastery arrived in Kodiak, Alaska. For the next forty years one member of their party would remain, enduring hunger, cold, and mockery. Today he is universally recognized as a Saint of the Orthodox Church: St. Herman of Alaska.

 

St. Herman's love for the Kodiak natives manifested itself in his service to them throughout his life. He was the protector of the persecuted, a nurse to the sick, and a father to orphans. As a hermit on Spruce Island, he was a friend of God and of angels. Even today the natives of Alaska refer to him as their father, a connection that has never been broken.

 

In 1914, F.A. Golder, a leading scholar on the American Northwest at the turn of the century, spent two weeks at Valaam Monastery located on Lake Ladoga (between present-day Russia and Finland). Golder went to Valaam to learn of this missionary monk who was sent to America to bring the Orthodox Faith to the natives of the land.

 

The present volume contains Golder's Life of St. Herman and a collection of the Saint's miracles, spanning from the time of his repose to our own times. Included is a contemporary pilgrim's description of Spruce Island, the site of St. Herman's labors, miracles, and repose.

 

72 pages, illustrated with paper-cut illustrations, paperback, St Herman’s Press
72 pgs paperback, illustrated :  $8.00

Guidance Toward Spiritual Life
By Saints Barsanuphius and John

Translated by Fr. Seraphim Rose of Platina.

With the practical aim of guiding the brothers at his monastery in the wilderness of northern California, Fr. Seraphim Rose set out to select and translate these counsels of Saints Barsanuphius the Great and John the Prophet, Desert Fathers of 6th-century Palestine. He found that many of the questions posed to Saints Barsanuphius and John were not unlike those asked by Christian strugglers of today. The answers of the saints expose the nature of the vices, and show how to overcome them and acquire virtue.

GUIDANCE TOWARD SPIRITUAL LIFE includes the Life of Saints Barsanuphius and John by Saint Nicodemus of Mount Athos, as well as selected passages from the Spiritual Homilies of St. Macarius the Great of Egypt.

182 pages,illustrated, full-color cover, paperback.
Paperback :  $12.00

Knowledge of God

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Written by St. Tikhon's Seminary professor Harry Boosalis, the present study comprises two introductory lectures in Orthodox theology. Written in a reader-friendly style with a deliberate attempt at presenting the spiritual themes of Orthodox theology in a clear and simple way, this brief book will benefit anyone interested in Eastern Christian spirituality and the study of Orthodox theology. Based on Holy Scripture and patristic teaching, this short study refers to the writings of a wide variety of Orthodox theologians, especially those of Eastern European backgrounds. This book is also original in that it preserves its teaching purpose by maintaining a practical approach as well as an appropriate level of language. 104 pages, paperback, 2009.

paperback:  $9.95

Man of God: Saint John of Shanghai & San Francisco

Archpastor, apostle, ascetic, miracle-worker, theologian, man of prayer... Archbishop John Maximovitch (1896-1966) was a spiritual phenomenon. Those who knew him have described him as "a living source of God's wonders," "the embodiment of all Christian virtues," "a miracle of ascetic firmness," "a model archpastor," who had the gift of being able "to see into the human heart and draw it to Christ." His was a life of total surrender to God, a life that offers a glimpse into the mystery of holiness.


As a hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, the newly-glorified Saint John was a devoted shepherd, accessible to the least among his flock and keenly aware of the problems of modern life. At the same time, his wisdom and his ways belonged not to this world but to the timeless reality of the heavenly realm. And it is from this realm that he reaches down even today with his extraordinary power of prayer, healing the sick, guiding the lost, and igniting tired and discouraged hearts with the miracle of renewed faith and love. The reminiscences, sermons and testimonies of miracles compiled in this volume reflect a spiritual vitality so refreshingly different from the pallid experience of today's Christianity. Here, truly, is a man of God.


The reminiscences, sermons and testimonies of miracles compiled in this volume reflect a spiritual vitality so refreshingly different from the pallid experience of today's Christianity. Here, truly, is a man of God.


Nikodemus Orthodox Publication Society – paperback 250 pgs, 20 pgs photos, 2nd edition.

 
paperback :  $14.95

Maria of Olonets

The monastic ideal is a complete renunciation of the world, and involves an inner struggle necessary for the soul’s ascent towards God. Those who have been most faithful to this ideal have been the desert dwellers—hidden far away from the seductive tumult of the world.

In the first half of the 19th century, the Russian land was rich in dense woods and forests in which the sound of the axe was rarely heard. In these dark forest preserves—in the mysterious silent depths of dense green thickets—not only wild animals lived, but many desert dwellers also made their dugout dwellings in the earth. There they performed secret ascetic labors known only to the One to Whom they had dedicated themselves in their hidden and deliberately buried life.

“…At the funeral service an inexplicable and miraculous heavenly light shone from Maria’s face. The shining emanated from her face like a ray from the sun, yet it was a cloudy day and the thin candles gave almost no light at all. This remarkable manifestation—a reverence beheld face-to-face—was the fulfillment of the promise of the Savior in the Gospel regarding the righteous who will shine ‘like the sun’ in the Kingdom of the Heavenly Father.” —excerpt from MARIA OF OLONETS MARIA OF OLONETS offers an extraordinary account of one woman’s solitary struggle in the Russian forests. Maria’s life is a witness to the world of the reality of Christ’s otherworldly Kingdom.

112 pages, illustrated, paperback, $8.95

softcover:  $8.95

Mysteries of Silence
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by Christopher Lewis

Spiritually evocative, Christopher Lewis’ first volume of poetry awakens the reader to the mysteries and divine realities hidden in the everyday. Lyrical imagery of the natural world incarnates the author’s vision of a universe pulsing with meaning and divine purpose. With sincerity and beauty, he shares his own journey towards prayer:

Not even then
is one able to capture by concentrated thought
the light that breaks across the deep
and rising through time to eternity
makes itself known in layered radiance
of cloud-forms reshaping every moment
along the breathing storm-front of simple existence.

Penetrating and luminously expressive, Lewis offers us a unique treasure: Orthodox ethos in lyrical verse.

This is a beautiful collection of poems reflecting a mature faith and deep vision of the Presence of God filling all of life.
—Metropolitan JONAH (Paffhausen), Orthodox Church of America.

Softcover. 7 x 10. 96 pages. Twenty poems. Four black and white photos accompany one poem. Printed on 55# antique-finish paper. Includes significant author’s notes at the end as well as a full bibliography of completed work and work-in-progress.
96 pgs softcover :  $15.00

Reflections of a Humble Heart

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A fifteenth-century text on the spiritual life - adapted and translated into Russian by Archimandrite Ambrose Pogodin, English translation by Mary Mansur

When entreated for words of wisdom, the author of this text, an unknown "elder of blessed memory," begins by declaring, "There is nothing eternal under the sun except the human soul." He goes on to elucidate with penetrating simplicity the central facts of human existence: the creation and fall of man and his restoration in the God-Man Jesus Christ. Speaking with rare authority born of experience in the authentic Christian life, the elder urges his listener towards spiritual vigilance: "Heed the signs, and do not relax your trust in God." His own profound love for God and neighbor suffuses these reflections with warmth and joy, evidence of "what blessedness it is to be a slave of Christ."

"Earthly life," the elder reminds us, "is short, insecure, mutable. O Man, seek what is everlasting, eternal, and trustworthy. And what is eternal and trustworthy can be found only in God." Here is a brief work of enduring value, a text that speaks directly and convincingly to those seeking not only to know but to attain that which is eternal.

Nikodemus Orthodox Publication Society - Softcover, 99 pgs.

paperback:  $5.00

Repentance and Confession

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Confession is the life-saving medicine for society because it is capable of saving many souls from destruction...Confession from a moral standpoint is the greatest benefaction of the Church to society. The spiritual father is the moral physician of society. He alone is capable of intercepting all the bad things that afflict society today...This is what confession is from a moral standpoint, which we unfortunately have not realized and have abandoned. This is why many bad things exist, which afflict society. - St. Nektarios. The countless miracles performed by Saint Nektarios - which have become know throughout the entire Orthodox world - have overshadowed the Hierarchs wealth of teachings and writings. This initial volume entitled "Repentance and Confession" is the first of any of Saint Nektarios works to be translated into English. It is vital for every Orthodox Christian who is concerned about the salvation of his soul to read this theological yet concise and easily understood study on a much-neglected commandment of God.

62 pp Paperback:  $12.00

The Orthodox Veneration of Mary The Birthgiver of God

By St John Maximovitch, translated by Fr Seraphim Rose

“For He hath looked upon the lowliness of His handmaiden; for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.”

—(Luke 1:48)

    A right understanding of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is not possible without a right understanding of Mary, the Birthgiver of God. When her image is distorted, the image of her Son also becomes distorted.

    This concise work is a classic exposition of how the Church has venerated the Mother of God throughout the ages, and the chief errors that have attacked this veneration: both ancient heresies and the modern deviations of Western heterodoxy. It clearly tells why the Virgin Mary should be honored by all generations, but not considered a co-redemptress along with Jesus Christ, the only Savior of the world.

    This book is of special value in that it was written by a saint and miracle-worker of modern times who had direct spiritual contact with the Mother of God. The sources of St. John’s theology are the Holy Scriptures, the Holy Fathers (especially the great Fathers of the 4th and 5th centuries), and the divine services of the Orthodox Church.

    From apostolic times, all who truly love Christ give veneration to her who gave birth to Him, raised Him and protected Him in the days of His youth. In THE ORTHODOX VENERATION OF MARY THE BIRTHGIVER OF GOD, St. John traces her veneration from the time of the Apostles to the present.

88 pages, illustrated, full-color cover, paperback

paperback:  $7.00

Unseen Warfare
Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain, ed.

This spiritual classic was written by Lorenzo Scupoli, a sixteenth-century Venetian priest. Immensely popular in its own day, it was ranked by Francis de Sales with the Imitation of Christ. In the general rapport between Western and Eastern Christendom, it reached Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain, who first recognized its immense spiritual worth, and later, in the nineteenth century, Theophan the Recluse, both of whom edited and translated the work.

Rich in its references to the teachings of the saints and Fathers, Unseen Warfare combines the insights of West and East on that spiritual combat which is the road to perfection and the stripping away of all that militates against it. Staretz Theophan wrote in his foreword, "the arena, the field of battle, the site where the fight actually takes place is our own heart and all our inner man. The time of battle is our whole life."

Translated by E. Kadloubovsky & G.E.H. Palmer
5.5 x 8.5, 280 pp
paperback :  $21.95

 

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