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Thoughts on Spiritual Reading

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week – Thoughts on Spiritual Reading “…When you read a worldly magazine or newspaper, it is light and agreeable reading, you easily believe in everything in it.    But if you take up a religious publication or book to read, especially one relating to church matters, or sometimes when you begin reading prayers–you feel a weight upon your heart, you are tormented by doubt and unbelief, and experience a sort of darkness and

When Christ is in Our Heart, We are Contented With Everything

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week – When Christ is in Our Heart, We are Contented With Everything “…These current catastrophes are so terrible for us, because they have come upon us because we are not firm in the Faith, and because we are not enduring them for the sake of Christ. For that reason, we have no hope of receiving crowns for them….” Excerpted from St.

“…man is a wayfarer who is wending his way in the sway of time and mortality towards immortality and eternity.” Saint Justin Popovich

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week: “…man is a wayfarer who is wending his way in the sway of time and mortality towards immortality and eternity.” Saint Justin Popovich Adult/Family: “The ever-living personality of God-human Christ is precisely the Church. The Church is always personality, God-human body and spirit. The definition of the Church, Her life, Her purpose, Her spirit, Her plan, Her ways, all these are given

Selected Sayings of Saint Anthony of Optina

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week: Selected Saying of Saint Anthony of Optina The World The affairs of the world are so numerous that they could hardly be completed in a hundred years, and so important that they will not allow any kind of delay. To our misfortune, only God-pleasing works can be set aside without fear, some until morning, some until next year, and some even until old age, for

The Nativity of Christ

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week: The Nativity of Christ “We are approaching, beloved brethren, the world-saving feast of the birth in the flesh of our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ.    For several days before the feast, the holy Church will celebrate this wondrous mystery in the spiritual hymns of her daily services. These hymns remind us of our divine birthright, and the squandering of our sonship through

Without Christ, Everything is in Vain

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week – Without Christ, Everything is in Vain “Fasting, prayer, alms, and every other good Christian deed is good in itself, but the purpose of the Christian life consists not only in the fulfillment of one or another of them.    The true purpose of our Christian life is the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God. But fasting, prayer, alms and

Why Our Intention to Correct Ourselves and Lead a Holy Life Remains Without Results

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week – Why Our Intention to Correct Ourselves and Lead a Holy Life Remains Without Results “The first and foremost reason why our intention to correct ourselves and lead a holy life remains without result lies in the fact that our intention is often too vague and indefinite…. Another reason why our good intentions fail, is because we do not hold firmly enough to

In All Things Give Thanks

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week – In All Things Give Thanks Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving! Glory to God for everything! In All Things Give Thanks Manuscript Uncut Mountain Supply A Message from Maria Spanos I am passionate about our Orthodox Christian faith and seek to help others learn as much as they can about it. My purpose here is to share online resources that help

Prayer for One Another

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week – Prayer for One Another The love of the Elder Paisios for the whole world is well known. The Elder has helped a whole host of people before and after his physical death. But the question is from where did he receive his ability to help people and to perform miracles? He received this heavenly power through his fervent prayers to

On the Slavery of Habits

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week – On the Slavery of Habits Every Christian person struggles constantly with the fact that despite the desire often very sincere to live a Godly life, to live in a holy way, we find ourselves constantly repeating patterns of sin, patterns of impure thought, of action, of behavior, word and deed…. But so often we don’t see our little habits here and there, as