St Ephraim the Syrian: Have You Repented in Word or in Deed?

Feast of the Translation of the Relics of St Nicephorus the Patriarch of Constantinople

Ephraim_Square.jpgBEFORE THY GLORY, O Christ my Savior, I will announce all my misconduct and confess the infinitude of Thy mercies, which Thou pourest out upon me according to Thy kindness. From my mother's womb I began to grieve Thee, and utterly have I disregarded Thy grace, for I have neglected my soul. Thou, O my Master,... Continue Reading


Fr Alexander Schmemann: Are You in the School of Repentance?

Feast of St Symeon the New Theologian

Schmemann_Teaching_Square.jpgREPENTANCE, WE are told, is the beginning and the condition of a truly Christian life. Christ's first word when He began to preach was: "Repent!" (Matt. 4.17). But what is repentance? In the rush of our daily life, we have no time to think about it, and we simply assume that all we have to do during Lent is abstain from certain foods,... Continue Reading


St Anthony the Great: Do You Create Intervals of Prayer at Work?

Feast of St. Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem

Anthony_Square.jpgWHEN THE HOLY Abba Anthony lived in the desert he was beset by accidie, and attacked by many sinful thoughts. He said to God, “Lord, I want to be saved but these thoughts do not leave me alone; what shall I do in my affliction? How can I be saved?” A short while afterwards, when he got up to go out, Anthony... Continue Reading


St. Theophan the Recluse: Do You Prepare for War Every Morning?

Feast of Quadratus the Martyr and His Companions

Theophan_on_Prayer_Square.jpgAs soon as you wake up in the morning, pray for a while, saying: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me.” Then your first work should be to shut yourself in your own heart, as if taking up position in an arena. Having established yourself there, bring yourself to the consciousness and feeling that your enemy and the passionate... Continue Reading


St John Climacus: Are You a True Servant of God?

Feast of the Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebastia

John_Climacus_Square.jpgOur God and King is good, transcendently good and all-good. Of the rational beings created by Him and honored with the dignity of free-will, some are His friends, others are His true servants, some are worthless, some are completely estranged from God, and others, though feeble creatures, are His opponents. By friends of God, we mean those noetic and incorporeal beings... Continue Reading