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A Little Corner of Paradise<br /> by Archimandrite Ioanichie Bălan A Trace in the Sand <br />by Efrosyni Zisimou Robinson Ascent to the Summit
     
Back Years of The St. Herman Calendar Beginnings of a Life of Prayer <br />by Archimandrite Irenei Cancer, My Love
Cancer, My Love
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Christ the Eternal Tao <br />by Hieromonk Damascene Contemporary Athonite Ascetics<br/> Vol. 1  <br />by Archimandrite Cherubim</span> Contemporary Athonite Ascetics<br/> Vol. 2 <br />by Archimandrite Cherubim
Not until now has the ancient wisdom of Lao Tzu been presented alongside the otherworldly revelation of Jesus Christ in a way that encompasses the full significance of both. Avoiding the common pitfalls of religious syncretism, CHRIST THE ETERNAL TAO shows Lao Tzu’s Tao Teh Ching as a foreshadowing of what would be revealed by Christ, and Lao Tzu himself as a Far-Eastern “prophet” of the Incarnate God.

   Inspired by Fr. Seraphim Rose’s early studies of the Tao Teh Ching, this book draws from the unpublished translations and teachings of Fr. Seraphim’s Chinese philosophy teacher, Gi-ming Shien, in order to uncover the esoteric core of the Tao Teh Ching. Then, through the transmission of mystics of the ancient Christian East, Lao Tzu’s teaching is brought into a new dimension, exploding with new meanings.

   Part I contains a “New Testament” of the Tao Teh Ching, which looks at Christ through the eyes of Lao Tzu and presents the Gospel in Lao Tzu’s own intriguing way. Part II unfolds the history of the revelation of God, from the creation of man, through the fall, primordial civilization, Lao Tzu, Confucius, and the ancient Hebrews, and finally to God’s Incarnation in Jesus Christ and His ultimate revelation of His Being as Three Persons. Part III offers practical advice from Eastern Orthodox teachers on how to unite oneself to Christ the Incarnate Tao/Logos and acquire His Divine Grace (in Chinese, Teh).

   Much more than a mere study in comparative religion, CHRIST THE ETERNAL TAO uses Lao Tzu’s intuitive realizations as a springboard by which to catapult the spiritual seekers of our day all the way into the mystical depths of Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

552 pages, illustrated, full-color cover, paperback
   
Diamonds on the Bosphorus <br />by Aliki Kafetzopoulou Door to Paradise Earthly Angel, Heavenly Man
Door to Paradise
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Eternity in the Moment <br />by Sorin Alpetri Every Sigh Can Be a Prayer Father Herman: Alaska's Saint <br />by F.A. Golder

Elder Arsenie (Papacioc) of Romania (1914–2011) was a witness of the eternal truth of Christ, given by God to contemporary man. A man of deep prayer, he also possessed experiential knowledge of the ways of the world. Before going to the monastery, he had been a gifted athlete, a talented sculptor, a soldier, a mayor, and a prisoner of the Romanian Communist regime. Prison became a spiritual academy for him, and after his release he dedicated his life to God as a monastic. For the next six decades he would labor as a monk—in prison and out of prison. He became a beloved spiritual father, counseling the nuns of the Techirghiol Monastery and the multitude of faithful who flocked to his monastic cell. Drawing on his knowledge of the spiritual life and the workings of the world, he was able to guide people to a life in Christ, marked by activity, not philosophizing and speculation.

Every endeavor of his life was characterized by an intensity of purpose and an uncompromising confession of the truth: a knowledge that within each moment we make our choice for eternity. During his long years in prison, he had profound experiences of grace, which helped him realize the power of suffering and sacrifice for Christ. As he himself said, “We must sacrifice not what we have, but what we are.”

This comprehensive biography, compiled from the elder’s own words, the recollections of his spiritual children, and the 3,500 pages of files kept by the Romanian secret police, includes many of Fr. Arsenie’s counsels and spiritual maxims.

288 pages, paperback, illustrated.

Every Sigh Can Be a Prayer is a compilation of teachings on the spiritual life by the Romanian elder Fr. Arsenie Papacioc. A confessor, man of prayer, and preacher of the Faith who lived up to our times, Fr. Arsenie well understood the trials and complexities of contemporary life. His answer to our weakness and instability is a positive asceticism, based on a “state of awareness of God’s continuous presence.” Fr. Arsenie calls us to a life of watchfulness, of continuous attention: “We must be grateful or present in a state of awareness. That’s why I say that every moment is a taste of eternity and every sigh can be a prayer. This provides much greater benefit than many prayers or prostrations done mechanically.”

Few people live life as fully as did Fr. Arsenie. Before his entry into monasticism at the age of thirty-two, he had been an athlete, artist, chemist, mayor, soldier, and political prisoner. Leaving behind all his worldly success, Fr. Arsenie dedicated himself to Christ as a monk and priest for over sixty years. He spent a total of fourteen years in the infamous Romanian prisons, being arrested over forty times in his life. Prison was a spiritual academy for him, a place where he learned of the intricacies and depths of man’s soul, of the intrigues of the demons, and of God’s presence in the intense suffering he experienced. After his release from prison, he spent a decade in various parishes and monasteries around Romania, bringing people back to the Church and feeding the faithful with his God-inspired wisdom. This book gathers his teachings—the fruits of a long life of prayer, watchfulness, and suffering for Christ—from interviews, talks, and letters. His words are a vigorous call, waking us from our sleep, to a deep engagement in all that we do in our life in Christ.

176 pages, paperback, illustrated.

 
Fr. George Calciu God's Revelation to the Human Heart <br />by Fr. Seraphim Rose Great Martyr Tsar Lazar of Serbia: His Life and Service <br />by Fr. Daniel Rogich
Fr. George Calciu
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Little Russian Philokalia, Vol. I: St. Seraphim of Sarov Little Russian Philokalia, Vol. V: St. Theodore of Sanaxar Marriage and Virginity according to St. John Chrysostom <br />by Archpriest Josiah Trenham
     
Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age <br />Fr. Seraphim Rose On Earth We’re Just Learning How to Live On the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ <br />by St. Philaret of Chernigov
     
On the Providence of God <br />by St. John Chrysostom Orthodox Dogmatic Theology <br />by Fr. Michael Pomazansky Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future <br />by Fr. Seraphim Rose
     
Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives <br />by Ana Smiljanic Shepherd of Souls <br />by Archimandrite Ioannichie Balan St. Herman Calendar 2023
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St. Herman of Alaska: His Life and Service The First Created Man <br />by St. Symeon the New Theologian The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios <br />by Dionysios Farasiotis
   

This powerful memoir tells the story of a Greek youth who, out of a desire to know the truth empirically, began to experiment in yoga, hypnotism, and various occult techniques. Eventually drawn back to the Faith of his forefathers—Orthodox Christianity—he visited the ancient monastic republic of Mount Athos in his native Greece, where he was brought to a knowledge of the Truth of Jesus Christ by the saintly Elder Paisios (1924–1994). Nevertheless, believing he had only found “part of the truth” on the Holy Mountain, he chose to give the “same opportunity” to Hindu yogis that he had given to Elder Paisios and other Orthodox monks. Thus, at the age of twenty-five, he embarked on a trip to India, where he undertook his search in the ashrams of three famous gurus, one of whom was worshipped as a god. His experiences in India, along with his subsequent encounters with Elder Paisios on Mount Athos, are recounted in the present book in vivid detail.

Popular in Greece since its first publication there in 2001, The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios is a page-turning narrative of both outward adventures and inward struggles. What stands out most in this book, however, is the radiant image of Elder Paisios, possessed of divine gifts, laboring in prayer for his fellow man, and overflowing with unconditional love. Through this, one sees the uncreated Source of the elder’s love and of the author’s spiritual transformation: the true God-man Jesus Christ, Who honors man’s personal freedom while drawing him, through love, into everlasting union with Himself.

Softcover, 320 pages

The Love of God <br />The Life and Teachings of St. Gabriel of the Seven Lakes Monastery The Mystery of the Wonderworker of Ostrog <br />by Protopresbyter Radomir Nikchevich The Northern Thebaid: Monastic Saints of the Russian North
     
The Orthodox Veneration of the Mother of God <br/>by St. John Maximovitch The Orthodox Word #335 Print Edition The Place of Blessed Augustine in the Orthodox Church<br />by Fr. Seraphim Rose
 

Vol. 56, No. 6 (335) November-December, 2020

St. Therapont of White Lake and Mozhaisk

This issue of The Orthodox Word begins with a new chapter from the upcoming second volume of The Northern Thebaid, on St. Therapont of White Lake and Mozhaisk. St. Therapont was a fellow ascetic of the renowned St. Cyril of White Lake. He began his monastic life in Moscow, and then moved to the wilderness areas of the Vologda region, where he founded a monastery. He was summoned by Prince Andrew of Mozhaisk to found another monastery in the prince's realm, where the saint reposed in 1426.


This article is followed by the fourth and concluding part of the life of New Hieromartyr Andronicus of Perm, and the issue concludes with the Orthodox Word index for 2020.

 
The Purple Mantle <br />by Aliki Kafetzopoulou The Royal Passion-Bearers of Russia: Their Life and Service The Soul After Death <br />by Fr. Seraphim Rose
     
Thoughts for Each Day of the Year <br />by St. Theophan the Recluse Vol. 1: Elder Leonid of Optina <br />by Fr. Clement Sederholm Elder Anthony cover
     
Vol. 4: Elder Ambrose of Optina <br />by Fr. Sergius Chetverikov Vol. 6: Elder Sebastian of Optina <br />by Tatiana Torstensen Elder Anatole cover
   

The Elders of Optina Monastery have had a tremendous impact on Russian society, calling forth a nationwide blossoming of sanctity. During the course of a century, their prophecy and God-illumined counsel attracted spiritual seekers from far and wide.

One of the last Optina Elders was Elder Anatole (Potapov) (1855–1922), a disciple of the great Elder Ambrose and a contemporary of Elder Nektary. After his period of discipleship in the Optina Skete, he spent his years of eldership at the Church of the Vladimir Icon in Optina Monastery. There he confessed and gave counsel mostly to the crowds of lay pilgrims who flocked to Optina in order to unburden their souls and find resolutions to their problems. He was known as “the Consoler.” In the words of Archpriest Sergius Chetverikov, “His brisk, joyfully loving, and humble way of addressing the people reminded one of St. Seraphim of Sarov. One could clearly sense in him the spirit and power of the first great Optina Elders.”

Elder Anatole lived to see the advance of godlessness that overtook Russia during the revolutionary period; and, through his clairvoyant insight, he was able to help believers survive spiritually during those calamitous times.

Elder Anatole the Younger of Optina is the eighth volume in the series of Lives of the Optina Elders published by the St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood.

208 pages, illustrated, paperback, $14.00
ISBN 978-0-938635-63-5

Elder Nikon cover We Shall See Him as He Is <br />by Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov