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Living Without Hypocrisy

Author: George Schaefer
Publisher: Holy Trinity Monastery
ISBN: 9780884650928
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Now in its second printing, this modest work is an anthology of spiritual advice given by various of the nineteenth-century teachers of Optina Monastery in central Russia, organized thematically under headings such as spiritual warfare, the love of neighbor, faith, the will of God, the education of children, the commandments of God, the path of salvation, etc. Each piece of advice varies in length from a single sentence to a full paragraph. Pithy, immediately accessible, and universally applicable, these counsels resemble the sayings of the ancient Desert Fathers. Appropriate both for prolonged study and for daily devotional reading.

Father Arseny

Author: Vera Bouteneff
Publisher: St Vladimir's Seminary Press
ISBN: 9780881412321
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"The stories of Father Arseny and his work in the Soviet prison camps have captured the minds and hearts of readers all over the world. In this second volume readers will find additional narratives about Father Arseny newly translated from the most recent Russian edition."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Great Canon

Author: Andrew Crete
ISBN: 9780884651192
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This is the classic canon of repentance, chanted in parts over the first four days of the Orthodox Lenten Fast and in its entirety on the Thursday of the fifth week. The full text of the life of our Holy Mother Mary of Egypt is also given, as read liturgically during Matins on the Thursday of the fifth week. Traditional English translation.

From The Holy Mountain

Author: William Dalrymple
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307948927
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In the spring of A.D. 587, John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist embarked on a remarkable expedition across the entire Byzantine world, traveling from the shores of Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. Using Moschos’s writings as his guide and inspiration, the acclaimed travel writer William Dalrymple retraces the footsteps of these two monks, providing along the way a moving elegy to the slowly dying civilization of Eastern Christianity and to the people who are struggling to keep its flame alive. The result is Dalrymple’s unsurpassed masterpiece: a beautifully written travelogue, at once rich and scholarly, moving and courageous, overflowing with vivid characters and hugely topical insights into the history, spirituality and the fractured politics of the Middle East.

Elder Anthony Of Optina

Author: Kliment (Hieromonk)
Publisher: St Herman Press
ISBN: 9780938635512
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Elder Anthony of Optina, one of the first Elders of the Optina monastery in 19th century Russia, was a humble soul on a determined path to acquire the Kingdom of Heaven. This book offers a unique view of his formative years in silence and prayer in a remote forest, his years of co-struggling with his older brother, Elder Moses, and his last years as Abbot of the Optina hermitage. Though his life included terrible hardship, Elder Anthony acquired perfect spiritual freedom through the careful guarding of his soul and the humble acceptance of God's providence.

The Rasputin File

Author: Edvard Radzinsky
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307754669
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From the bestselling author of Stalin and The Last Tsar comes The Rasputin File, a remarkable biography of the mystical monk and bizarre philanderer whose role in the demise of the Romanovs and the start of the revolution can only now be fully known. For almost a century, historians could only speculate about the role Grigory Rasputin played in the downfall of tsarist Russia. But in 1995 a lost file from the State Archives turned up, a file that contained the complete interrogations of Rasputin’s inner circle. With this extensive and explicit amplification of the historical record, Edvard Radzinsky has written a definitive biography, reconstructing in full the fascinating life of an improbable holy man who changed the course of Russian history. Translated from the Russian by Judson Rosengrant.

On The Prayer Of Jesus

Author: Ignatius Brianchaninov
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 1590302788
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Thousands have fallen in love with the anonymously authored book The Way of a Pilgrim - the account of an ordinary man's encounter with the Eastern Orthodox Christian practice of the Jesus Prayer, which consists of the constant repetition of a short phrase such as "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me." The practice transformed the author's life as he wandered throughout the Russian countryside saying the prayer and recording his experiences with it. Readers of the book in its time would have had a wealth of teachers to approach for learning the prayer themselves and working with it, but modern readers have nowhere to go for this. Here, then, is the perfect introduction to this life-changing practice, as it was taught by one of the great spiritual lights of Russia. Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov provides wise instruction and advice covering all aspects of the practice, from how to get started, to dealing with difficulties that arise, to dealing with the people who don't understand what you're doing, to making the Jesus Prayer (also called the Prayer of the Heart), an integrated part of your life.