The Illumined Heart

The Illumined Heart By Frederica Mathewes-Green. Published by Paraclete Press, 2007   In The Illumined Heart, Frederica Mathewes-Green writes about the experiences of Anna and her family, to explain how the teachings of the Orthodox Church were preserved from the time of the Apostles until today. When Jesus taught his Disciples, they in turn taught others and passed down Christ's teachings to the churches they started. The disciples spread Christ’s teachings through both written and verbal communication, as St Paul says: “Brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word [...]

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The Divine Flame Elder Porphyrios Lit in my Heart

The Divine Flame Elder Porphyrios Lit in my Heart By Monk Agapios Published by The Holy Convent of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, 2003   St Porphyrios (1906-1991) was a monk from Mount Athos whose ill health forced him to leave his monastic community at a young age and serve as a spiritual father in the world. He was endowed with many gifts of the Holy Spirit which allowed him to provide spiritual guidance to the many faithful who came to him. The Divine Flame Elder Porphyrios Lit in My Heart is a short book recounting a series of conversations [...]

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The Great and Miraculous Power of Repentance

The Great and Miraculous Power of Repentance Published by Orthodox Kypseli   The greatest miracle is this; A proud man to become humble. An unrighteous to become righteous… A man of vice to become a man of virtue. This transformation is of course achieved through the great and miraculous power of repentance. This short book contains a collection of the sayings of the Holy Fathers with an emphasis on sayings and examples relating to salvation which springs from the repentant way of life. Examples include such Fathers as St John Chrysostom who says, “The one who repents does not repeat [...]

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Inner River: a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality

Inner River: a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality by Kyriacos C. Markides Published by Image Press, 2012   Inner River addresses Christian Mysticism – and specifically the unbroken Orthodox Tradition – as naturally concurrent to mainstream science; revealing that the fundamentals of Christianity preserved by Orthodoxy hold the means to come into a relationship with our Creator and are the medicine in ‘resurrecting’ both God and man who humanity ‘killed’ in the 19th and 20th centuries, according to the socialists. The author, himself a professor of sociology, enquires into monasticism on Mt Athos, Sinai and Cyprus, the spiritual [...]

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Mount Athos: The highest place on earth

Mount Athos: The highest place on earth, by Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia. Published by En Plo Editions, 2008   Mount Athos: The highest place on earth describes Metropolitan Nikolaos’ personal experiences of the Holy Mountain. The book captures the authentic experience of Mount Athos, with vivid descriptions of the rough landscape, stories of holy monks, and explanations of Athonite traditions such as the ‘Avaton’ rule. The author presents himself as a young and educated man who is fascinated by asceticism, but is reluctant to experience it himself. He struggles with his own calling to monasticism from the outset, and only [...]

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