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 [...]

On voluntary and involuntary sins

On voluntary and involuntary sins and what is the reason they are committed There is sin, which is committed on account of a sickness whereby a person is attracted involuntarily, and there is sin which is committed voluntarily; there is also sin that exists out of one’s ignorance, which is committed depending on the circumstance. Then [...]

St. Nil Sorsky

St. Nil Sorsky (1433-1508) was the most significant figure in the promotion of hesychasm and eremitism in early modern Russia. Though he only composed two works, modest guidelines for monks and hermits, their influence and the influence of his hermitage were instrumental in a widespread eremitic movement in Russia that persisted for centuries. Although Nil [...]

The Hermitage Journal

Thanks for joining us! This is the continued journey from what has become our former blog journal. Here, we shall offer you the wisdom of the Holy Fathers and the insights of contemporary Orthodox faithful be they hermits & monks, patriarchs & Chief Hierarchs, priests & theologians. We discern the appropriateness for publication here. You [...]