Orthodox Saints & Patristic Church Fathers (208)
St. Ephrem the Syrian (306-379) is perhaps one of the most prolific Fathers of the Eastern Church, composing four-hundred liturgical hymns and scriptural commentaries, earning him such titles as the Harp of the Spirit and the Pillar of the Church. St. Ephrem is best known for the short prayer, The Prayer of St. Ephrem, which is used throughout the season of Great Lent. The prayer outlines both the sins and virtues of community life: sloth, despair, lusting of power, idle talk; as well as chastity humility, patience, and love for the neighbor. The Prayer of St. Ephrem: A Biblical Commentary provides the reader with the scriptural background to the words and metaphors contained in this short but inspirational prayer. This book is a good resource for either personal devotion or for small group Bible Studies in the parish.
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The present study investigates the teachings of Palamas on passions and virtues. The First chapter discusses the definition of passion as the movement of the soul contrary to nature. With the analysis of the different passions, which are the multifaceted connections with the earthly things of this life difficult to break, their causes, progress and forms will also be discussed. The second chapter addresses the phenomenology of passions, where their appearance and influence on the tri-partite soul is examined, as well as is the role of the devil as the instigator behind the passions. The third chapter deals with repentance and mourning as the initial preconditions for purification of the passions. The fourth chapter addresses the meaning of virtue as `the middle way` of the spiritual life. In the fifth chapter, a series of the ‘divine passions’ are presented, which are crowned and perfected in theosis and lasting communion with God.
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This book begins with a biographical sketch of St. John Chrysostom`s life, and then compares the thinking of major Western and Eastern Church Fathers before and during Chrysostom`s time on issues relating to human sexuality. The rest of the book is devoted to discussing Chrysostom`s theology of sexuality and marriage, his attitudes towards men and women in general, his theological understanding of the ontological relationship between man and woman in general, and his views on how this relationship is to be worked out in daily life, especially in the realms of the family, the society at large, and the Church.
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THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE HEART: BE YE ALSO ENLARGED (2 CORINTHIANS 6:13) IN THE THEOLOGY OF SAINT SILOUAN THE ATHONITE AND ELDER SOPHRONY OF ESSEX
The Enlargement of the Heart is an astoundingly majestic presentation of the nature and purpose of human existence in two of the most important figures in contemporary Orthodoxy: St. Silouan the Athonite (1866–1938) and Elder Sophrony of Essex (1896–1993).
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The Christological Controversy describes the turmoil of fifth-century Christianity seeking to articulate its beliefs on the person of Christ. The policies of the Theodosian dynasty and the conflicting interests of the patriarchal sees are the context of the controversy between Nestorius of Constantinople and Cyril of Alexandria, a bitter dispute that racked the entire oecumene. The historical analysis expounds on the arguments of both sides, particularly the Christology of Cyril, which was adopted as a standard.
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The spiritual image of Elder Sebastian (1884–1966) is that of a longsuffering, quiet bearer of the vision of the Optina monastic tradition—destined to preserve Optina eldership through decades of communist persecution of the Church. After the closure of Optina Monastery in 1923, Fr. Sebastian—a disciple of both Elder Joseph and Elder Nektary—matured rapidly into a truly compassionate pastor. He suffered arrest and imprisonment by the communists in 1933, and was sentenced to ten years in the Karaganda concentration camps of Kazakhstan.
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WOUNDED BY LOVE: THE LIFE AND THE WISDOM OF ELDER PORPHYRIOS DESCRIPTIONREVIEWS I HAVE RUN TO THE FRAGRANCE OF YOUR MYRRH, O CHRIST GO
Elder Porphyrios, a Greek monk and priest who died in 1991, stands in the long tradition of charismatic spiritual guides in the Eastern Church which continues from the apostolic age down to figures such as Saint Seraphim of Sarov and Staretz Silouan in modern times. In this book he tells the story of his life and, in simple, deeply reflected and profoundly wise words, he expounds the Christian faith for today.
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St Gregory is one of the most open and self-revealing of the Fathers of the Church, and his poetry is remarkable for its personal character. In these poems, he speaks of the joys and frustrations of his own life; he reveals his inner questioning about the purpose and values of life in the face of sin and mortality, and his ultimate faith in Christ as redeeming and reconciling all things. St Gregory`s poetry has often been compared with St Augustine`s Confessions, as showing a peculiarly modern interest in the self. The translations here presented allow the reader to see that self-reflection in its theological context.
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