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Saint Sisoes the Great

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Saint Sisoes the Great

  St Sisoes the Great (+429 AD) was a solitary monk, pursuing asceticism in the Egyptian desert in a cave sanctified by the prayerful labours of his predecessor, St Anthony the Great (commemorated January 17). For his sixty years of labour in the desert, St Sisoes attained to sublime spiritual purity and he was granted […]

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How the Lord Chose His Twelve Apostles

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How the Lord Chose His Twelve Apostles

“And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve, whom He also named apostles.” (Lk 6: 13) Choosing the Twelve Apostles Our Lord Jesus Christ spent the night in prayer, conversing with His Father and God in heaven in a way indescribable and beyond our powers of […]

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An Introduction to the Epistles of the Apostle Paul

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An Introduction to the Epistles of the Apostle Paul

As I keep hearing the Epistles of the blessed Paul read, and that twice every week, and often three or four times, whenever we are celebrating the memorials of the holy martyrs, gladly do I enjoy the spiritual trumpet, and get roused and warmed with desire at recognizing the voice so dear to me, and […]

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Desert Fathers: How Do We Pray?

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Desert Fathers: How Do We Pray?

The brothers said, “What kind of prayer is that which is not acceptable before God?” The old man said, “The prayer for the destruction of enemies. When we ask that evil things may come upon those who do harm to us, and for bodily health, and abundance of possessions, and fertility in respect of children, […]

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Abba Sisoes and Repentance

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Abba Sisoes and Repentance

This selection is from the life of St. Sisoes who lived in Scetis. After the death of St. Anthony, Abba Sisoes left Scetis saying that it had become too popular and went instead to St. Anthony’s mountain where he settled for 72 years. When Abba Sisoes was about to die, and the fathers were sitting […]

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St.Mark the Ascetic: To Those Who Think to Be Justified by Deeds

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St.Mark the Ascetic: To Those Who Think to Be Justified by Deeds

Today we will study some of the many writings of St. Mark the Ascetic, one of the most famous Egyptian Desert Fathers.  Little is known of the circumstances of his life, but we do know that Palladius knew him personally, that he lived to be over a hundred years old, and that he died at […]

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A Letter from the Suffering Church in Gaul-c.175 A.D.

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A Letter from the Suffering Church in Gaul-c.175 A.D.

Eusebius, in Book 5 of his Ecclesiastical History, records a letter sent from the Christians in Gaul to their brothers in Asia. As Eusebius writes, this record is “worthy of perpetual memory.” Amid persecution they discovered depths of faith, received great grace, and fought the good fight to the end. May we never see such […]

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Saint Gregory Palamas’ Homily for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

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Saint Gregory Palamas’ Homily for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Homily 28 1. The commemoration of each of the saints on the appointed feast day is an occasion for town and country, citizens and their rulers to share in rejoicing, and brings great benefit to all who celebrate. “The memory of the just is praised”, says the wise Solomon (Prov. 10:7 Lxx), “When the righteous […]

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Saint Augustine’s Sermon on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

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Saint Augustine’s Sermon on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Today the Holy Church piously remembers the sufferings of the Holy Glorious and All-Praised Apostles Peter and Paul. St. Peter, the fervent follower of Jesus Christ, for the profound confession of His Divinity: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” was deemed worthy by the Savior to hear in answer, “Blessed art […]

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Saint Leo the Great on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

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Saint Leo the Great on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Sermon 82 I. Rome owes its high position to these Apostles The whole world, dearly-beloved, does indeed take part in all holy anniversaries, and loyalty to the one Faith demands that whatever is recorded as done for all men’s salvation should be everywhere celebrated with common rejoicings. But, besides that reverence which today’s festival has […]

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St. Theodore the Studite: On Holy Pentecost

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St. Theodore the Studite: On Holy Pentecost

By the grace of the Most Holy Spirit, we have been vouchsafed to celebrate Holy Pentecost — the descent of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ said of this descent: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter (that is, the […]

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About Fasting, Sermon 2, by Saint Basil the Great

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About Fasting, Sermon 2, by Saint Basil the Great

About Fasting, Sermon 2.   “Exhort the people, priests,” it says; “speak into the ears of Jerusalem.” The nature of that word “exhort” is enough to intensify the desires of the earnest, but also to stir to readiness those who are idle and careless. That’s how commanders operate. They marshal the army into place, and […]

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