The First Epistle to the Thessalonians is the oldest of the writings which have been gathered into the New Testament. In reading it we can sense the powerful impact made by St. Paul’s preaching of the Gospel as well as the Apostle’s continuing prayerful concern for this new mission church. We also discover St. Paul’s understanding of the Second Coming of Christ as he deals with the perennial question of “those who have fallen asleep.”
This important contribution to Orthodox biblical studies offers many helpful insights for all who wish to understand the Bible better, experts and novices alike. Its author, Assistant Professor of Old Testament at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, clearly demonstrates the importance of discovering what the scriptural text itself is saying.
This Revised Julian (“New”) Calendar can be used at home and in Churches. Each day lists some of the saints of the day, the Gospel and Epistle readings for the day, and if it is a fast day and to what degree. Each month comes with a different graphic. Though it is a Church calendar, it begins on January 1, the civil new year. The theme this year is scenes from St. Tikhon’s Monastery.
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This book contains rubrical notes for the services throughout the year. It also contains sections on degrees of fasting, seasonal vestment colors, a lectionary for readings on special occasions, a list of canonical days for marriage, kathismata readings throughout the year, how to chant the prokeimena, and composite readings for Vigil-ranked saints or feasts. This is an essential book for New Calendar parishes.
Beginner’s Guide to Spirituality : The Orthodox Path to a Deeper Relationship With God Author: Keiser, Michael Publisher: Conciliar Press
In Father I saw a person who lived for God….In all life’s situations, Fr Ilarion maintained a grace-imbued state of spirit, the fruits of which were love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and the other virtues that made it impossible to be near him and not feel glad just to be alive.
Many lovers of literature are familiar, through Dostoyevsky’s works, with the concept of the Russian “Staretz,” or spiritual elder. This biography offers a vivid portrayal of an authentic Staretz of our own day, Father llarion—a monk of the renowned Glinsk hermitage in modern-day Ukraine, who spent much of his life as a parish priest in a village in the Novgorod region of Russia. His life offers a vision of a simple Christian life in the contemporary world that will captivate the reader and awaken or rekindle a desire to live a life centered on the love of God and neighbour rather than on the pursuit of material wealth.
It also presents unique insights into the Orthodox Church in Russia under communism and in the immediate post-communist period, demonstrating how the Faith was kept alive after the closure of so many churches and monasteries, and the exile or execution of clergy and believers. The account of the life of the Glinsk hermitage is particularly detailed. With many first hand contributions from Father llarion’s spiritual children, this history also provides a glimpse into contemporary Russian culture and religious perspectives.
Child’s Paradise of Saints, by Nun Nektaria McLees
Delightful tales of 15 cherished saints, with iconographic full-color paintings of scenes from their lives. Here you’ll find stories from the lives of Saints Constantine and Helen, Cyprian and Justina, Demetrius of Thessalonica, Herman of Alaska, John the Russian, Mary Magdalene, Mary of Egypt Moses the Black, Nicholas the Wonderworker, Nina of Georgia, Great Martyr Panteleimon, Philothei of Athens, Seraphim of Sarov and Xenia of Petersburg, as well as the Guardian Angel.
Softcover, illustrated, 62 pages $10.95