Teaching subjects on the orthodox christian life

Teaching subjects on the orthodox christian life INTRODUCTION When God, The Holy Trinity, created us He gave us a purpose to live. This purpose is the “God’s likeness”, to become like Him, to be gods through His Divine grace and after our free will. The Church Fathers have written many things in order to help us to find our way … Read More

St. Anthony’s Monastery – Arizona

In the summer of 1995 six monks arrived in the southern Arizona desert to establish St. Anthony’s Monastery, carrying with them the sacred, millenial heritage of the Holy Mountain, Athos. Since early Christian history, this steep and rocky peninsula in northern Greece proved to be a haven for ancient Egyptian, Cappadocian, and Constantinopolitan monastics. Thus, it enjoyed a direct link … Read More

The Jesus Prayer

By Fr. David Hester Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me. These few simple words, known as the Jesus Prayer, are of great importance to the Christian East—so much so that they are often called the summation of all Orthodox spirituality. The prayer reflects so well the heart of Eastern Christian spirituality that its use is recommended … Read More

Holy Hut of Saint George – The Skete of Saint Anne, Mount Athos

Holy Hut of Saint George – The Skete of Saint Anne, Mount Athos Straight after the New Skete, the panorama of the Skete of Saint Anne opens. The Huts emerge through the dense vegetation, perched on the north and south side of a deep ravine. The highest built Hut can be found at an altitude of 450 meters, while the … Read More

What is Prosforo?

Written by Andrew Athanasiou Many times we take for granted the bread that not only is part of communion but also the antidoron that is given after the service is over. Prosforo, the name given to the bread that is offered, is Greek meaning “the offering.” We make the mistake that it is the Church’s offering to us for showing … Read More

Orthodox Monasteries in North America

1. Holy Monastery of St. Anthony Elder Ephraim, Archimandrite Paisios 4784 North St. Joseph’s Way, Florence, AZ 85 132, Arizona Tel: 520-868-3188 Fax: 520-868-3088 Web site: http://www.stanthonysmonastery.org/ 

The Desert Fathers: Abba Antony

The Apophthegmata Patrum – Abba Antony  Saint Athanasius’s portrait of Saint Antony was not the only one.1 There were other traditions about him that circulated among desert Christians. Some were recorded in a remarkable collection known as the Apophthegmata Patrum, or Sayings of the Fathers. Antony appears here not as a mythic hero unflinchingly battling the forces of evil. Instead, … Read More

The Holy Church of the Nativity at Bethlehem

One hundred and thirty years after the birth of Christ, the Holy Cave became the place of pilgrimage of the Christians. The idolatric emperor Adrian, wishing to send the place to oblivion, built a temple dedicated to Adonis as he also did at Golgotha with the construction of the temple dedicated to Aphrodite. His attempt did not end successfully. The … Read More

St.Herman of Alaska Monastery (Video)

St.Herman of Alaska Monastery The St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood is a monastic-missionary Orthodox Christian brotherhood that is part of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The Brotherhood was established in 1963 with the blessing of St. John Maximovitch. In 1969, the brotherhood moved to the wilderness of northern California, near the village of Platina. The founding … Read More