Through the Prayers of Our Holy Fathers

Fr. Stephen Freeman It is a phrase that is heard frequently in Orthodox services: “Through the prayers of our holy fathers, have mercy on us and save us!” The meaning of that phrase is enlarged and enlightened in the writings of the Elder Sophrony. The following excerpt is from his book, St. Silouan the Athonite.… Read More Through the Prayers of Our Holy Fathers

No Need To Fear The Antichrist

Christians throughout history have occasionally got onto an apocalyptic bandwagon, reading world events and deciding the end must be near.  Some of this is normative for Christians as Scriptures do contain some warnings about the end times.  World events seemed to indicate the world must be coming to an end:  The Christian Byzantine Empire thought… Read More No Need To Fear The Antichrist

Serbian Orthodox Church Glorifies Two North Americans

BELGRADE, SERBIA [OCA] Saints Sebastian and Mardarije At their regular session here on May 29, 2015, the members of the Holy Assembly of Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church announced the glorification of two clerics who served in North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries—Bishop Mardarije [Uskokovic] and Archimandrite Sebastian [Dabovich].  Both… Read More Serbian Orthodox Church Glorifies Two North Americans

Creamation: A Message from St. Nikolai Velimirovic (1956)

Creamation: A Message from St. Nikolai Velimirovic (1956) You ask me, why is the Orthodox Church against cremation. First of all, because it considers it violent. The Serbs still shudder with the crime of Sinan Pasha, who burned the dead body of St. Sava on Vrachar. Do people burn dead horses, dogs, cats and monkeys?… Read More Creamation: A Message from St. Nikolai Velimirovic (1956)