The Lives of Simeon Stylites

Feast of St Athanasius of Athos
The Lives of Simeon Stylites translated by Robert Doran; foreword by Susan Ashbrook Harvey

Lives_of_Symeon_Stylites_Square.jpgOF ALL THE pioneers of asceticism in the ancient world, the stylites have drawn the most puzzled attention – not to say derision – from their modern observers. Sitting atop high pillars, exposed to the elements (much can be left to the imagination here) and dependent upon disciples for what... Continue Reading


St Gregory Palamas: The Homilies

Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Holy Apostles
St. Gregory Palamas: The Homilies translated by Christopher Veniamin

Palamas_Homilies_Square.jpgA CHRISTIAN should be able to recall, with reverence, the names of the men and women in any given century who speak with the voice of the Church. The list should include Apostles and writers of Scripture, and great defenders of the faith such as Irenaeus, Athanasius, the Cappadocian Fathers, Maximus... Continue Reading


St Gregory Palamas: The Triads

Feast of St Eusebius Bishop of Samosata
St. Gregory Palamas: The Triads translated by Nicholas Gendle; introduction by John Meyendorff; preface by Jaraslov Pelikan

Palamas_Triads_Square.jpgTHE SUB-HEADINGS of the selections from The Triads presented here – apophatic theology as a positive experience; the Hesychast method of prayer and the transformation of the body; deification in Christ; the uncreated Glory; the essence and energies of God – describe not only the... Continue Reading


For the Life of the World

Feast of St Innocent, Enlightener of Siberia & Alaska
For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy by Alexander Schmemann

For_Life_of_World_Square.jpegTHIS WATERSHED work of sacramental theology is really a fundamental redefinition of terms—secular, religious, worship, sacrament, sin, symbol—framed within an interpretive, movement-by-movement description of the Liturgy. It owes its greatness and its transforming power to Schmemann’s sense of the essential: that our fundamental role as human beings was... Continue Reading


Becoming Fire: Through the Year with the Desert Fathers and Mothers

Feast of St Hermas the Apostle of the 70 and Theophylact the Confessor, Bishop of Nicomedia
Becoming Fire: Through the Year with the Desert Fathers and Mothers edited by Tim Vivian; translated by Apostolos N. Athanassakis and John Eudes Bamberger

Becoming_Fire_Square.jpgA REMARKABLE double-movement took place within the Church at the close of the Age of Martyrs: Christian Empire and Christian Monasticism. Most historians treat these subjects separately, but we... Continue Reading


Leading Lives That Matter

Feast of St Romanos, Prince of Uglich
Leading Lives That Matter: What We Should Do and Who We Should Be edited by Mark R. Schwehn and Dorothy C. Bass

Leading_Lives_that_Matter_Square.jpgIF "INTEGRITY" means that a person is truly “integrated,” then few of us can claim it. We live in an unprecedented age, one of interior placelessness and the loss of wise community. Beyond a helpful push toward employment and autonomy,... Continue Reading


Death Comes for the Archbishop

Feast of St Pamphilus the Martyr & His Companions
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

Death_for_Archbishop_Square.jpegIN A LETTER written to The Commonweal about the origins of her novel Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather relates her enamoration with the Catholic Church of the Southwest. Its story moved her—the old mission churches, even abandoned and in ruins, had a physical reality beyond mere description. As she explains,... Continue Reading


On the Apostolic Preaching

Feast of St Nicephoros the Martyr of Antioch
On the Apostolic Preaching by St. Irenaeus of Lyons; trans. and intro. by John Behr

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ST IRENAEUS may be considered the most important second-century Christian theologian. Having known Polycarp, who knew the apostles firsthand, Irenaeus's teachings remain close to the spirit of the apostolic age, inheriting both its vocabulary and theological convictions. The Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching reflects this... Continue Reading


Of Water & Spirit: A Liturgical Study of Baptism

Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord & Savior in the Temple
Of Water and Spirit: A Liturgical Study of Baptism by Alexander Schmemann

Of_Water___Spirit_Square.jpegAT ONCE A theological and historical commentary on the rites of baptism and chrismation in the Orthodox Church. Fr. Schmemann was uniquely gifted in being able to convey not only a new level of understanding of the sacrament, but a whole new dimension of experience... Continue Reading


The Experience of God, Volume 1

Feast of St Laurence the Recluse
Orthodox Dogmatic Theology: The Experience of God, Volume 1- Revelation and Knowledge of the Triune God by Dumitru Staniloae; foreword by Kallistos Ware; translated and edited by Ioan Ionita and Robert Barringer

Experience_of_God_Square.jpegTHE MARKS OF true and living theology, according to Archpriest Staniloae, are “fidelity to the revelation of Christ given in holy Scripture and Tradition . . . responsibility for the faithful... Continue Reading