Category Archives: Orthodoxy

The East Gate

So The Lord said to me,
‘This gate shall be shut.
It shall not be opened,
And no man shall pass through it,
Because the Lord God of Israel will enter by it;
Therefore, it shall be shut.’

Ezekiel 44:2



Today people want to be loved and for this reason they are unsuccessful. The correct way is to not be interested in whether or not people love you, but whether or not you love Christ and people. This is the only way that the soul is fulfilled.

Elder Porphyrios, on Being Loved

The Best Word on Abortion I’ve Ever Heard

On the Greatness of St. John Chrysostom

The Arena

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“The present life is a wrestling school, a gymnasium, a battle, a smelting furnace, and a dyer’s house of virtue” – St John Chrysostom
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
St. John Chrysostom
Dear and Pious Readers
Blessings of the Lord!
On the Greatness of St. John Chrysostom
The same Athanasios also told us this concerning the same Bishop Adelphios, which he heard from Amma Joanna, his sister:
“When John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, was exiled to the Caucasus, he stayed at our house; from which we drew much boldness and love towards God. My brother, Adelphios, said that when the blessed John died in exile, it was an unbearable pain to him that such a man, the ecumenical teacher of Christendom who made glad…

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A Warrior Saint… On Veteran’s Day


How fitting that the Church honors St. Menas today, a military officer from the late 3rd/early 4th century who gave up everything for Christ. From the OCA website:

When the emperors began the fiercest persecution against Christians in history, the saint refused to serve these persecutors. He removed his soldier’s belt (a sign of military rank) and withdrew to a mountain, where he lived an ascetic life of fasting and prayer.

Once he happened to arrive in the city during a pagan festival. At the climax of the games the saint’s accusing voice rang out, preaching faith in Christ, the Savior of the world. At his trial before the prefect Pyrrhus, the saint bravely confessed his faith, saying that he had come to denounce the impious. The prefect was angered, and had Menas arrested.

Pyrrhus offered to restore the saint’s former rank if he would offer sacrifice to the pagan gods. When he refused, he was put to cruel tortures, then he was beheaded. This occurred in the year 304. Christians gathered up the martyr’s relics by night and hid them until the end of the persecution. Later, they were brought to Egypt and placed in a church dedicated to St Menas southwest of Alexandria.

The saint received grace from God to work miracles, and to help those in need. St Menas is noted for healing various illnesses, delivering people from possession by demons, and as a protector, especially during times of war. …

The Mystagogy blog also recounts how St. Menas saved numerous pious Christians from an ambush by the Turks in the 19th century, and how the intercession of St. Menas helped to turn the tide in World War II.

Pray for us, St. Menas!

On Loving One’s Enemies

[T]he true church of Christ embraces in her bosom those God-bearing souls who know God and His love unto death, and who fulfil His commandment. When accused, they do not defend themselves; being reviled, they bless; being persecuted, they suffer it. They return good for evil in imitation of Christ ‘the author and finisher of our faith.’ We, the faithful, are given the blessing to live alongside these Saints of God, and to communicate with them and be saved from error through their prayers.

Archimandrite Zacharias


Request for Help: Holy Trinity Monastery

Apparently, Holy Trinity Monastery on Jordanville, New York is in dire financial straits, and needs funds urgently to make repairs to its facilities, lest the State of New York begin imposing massive and ruinous fines.

Please consider making a donation. This is one of the oldest monastic institutions in the United States, and has produced many treasures of Orthodoxy since its formation–not the least of which is the Prayer Book sitting right now in my home altar.

Donations can be sent to the Monastery directly from the Monastery’s website.

Also, the ROCOR Fund for Assistance is raising funds for the Monastery as well, and will match the first $50,000 raised.