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Ontological effects of the Jesus Prayer

by Emma Cazabonne The act of repeatedly invoking the Name has a double effect: it makes our prayer more unified and at the same time more inward. 1. Unification The repeated Invocation of the Name can bring us, by God’s grace, from dividedness to unity, from dispersion and multiplicity to singleness. ‘To stop the continual [...]

We Should Approach a Person As a Mystery

by +Anthony, Metropolitan of Sourozh We heard today the story of the man born blind. We do not know from experience what physical blindness is, but we can imagine how this man was walled in himself, how all the world around him existed only as a distant sound, something he could not picture, imagine. He [...]

On Lazarus

The Lazarus of the Parable, and the Lazarus who was Four Days in the Tomb. by Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) Have you ever noticed, dear reader, that in all of Christ's parables there occurs but one proper name? If you have noticed, have you ever attempted to ascertain why the Lord calls only this Lazarus by [...]

What is Orthodoxy?

By Archbishop Averky of Syracuse of blessed memory. On the first Sunday of the Great Fast our Church celebrates the triumph of Orthodoxy, the victory of true Christian teaching over all perversions and distortions thereof — heresies and false teachings. On the second Sunday of the Great Fast it is as though this triumph of [...]