St. John Maximovitch and the Dove

When I came to San Francisco to be close to the saintly Archbishop John Maximovitch, I heard a lot of fascinating accounts of his ascetic life. Frequently I visited St. Tikhon's Orphanage, founded by this Saint, and run then by his long-time assistant, Mrs. Maria Alexandrovna Shakhmatova (+1967). Archbishop John was a very busy man, and I did not dare to be often in his presence... The orphanage was no longer a place where children were sheltered....Within its walls was Archbishop John's tiny office, which was so small that even a bed would not fit, where he both lived and had his … [Read more...]

A Prayer by Elder Paisios

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 God. The following prayer of his was given to a convent which had asked the Elder for a prayer rule that could be used by the nuns in their evening vigils. This directive was given to the nuns during the final years of his life. The main emphasis of this prayer is his profound love for … [Read more...]

The Real Santa Claus

A Dedicated Servant of God More than 1,600 years ago, in the year 270 AD, St. Nicholas was born not far from Myra, in a land that is now part of the country of Turkey. In those days Orthodox Christians were persecuted for their faith. It wasn't easy to be a Christian. Many of them were tortured and executed because they believed in Christ. Nicholas was taught by his parents to love the Lord with his whole mind, heart, soul, and with all his strength. When they died he inherited their money. He used this to help the poor, the hungry, and the sick. Whenever he helped anyone he did it … [Read more...]

The Life of the Samaritan Woman Teaches Us to Preach the Gospel [AUDIO]

Christ is Risen! - The Sunday of the Samaritan Woman The evangelistic message of the Samaritan woman has an important message for Christians and it is this: It is possible to go to Church all your life and still not know God. We can be surrounded by a sea of Christian truth and still die because we really did not drink from the well of eternal life which is found in Jesus Christ. This podcast speaks to those who are like the Samaritan woman who was "religious," but lost. Listen here: [audio:http://audio.ancientfaith.com/nassif/sox042samaritanwoman_pc.mp3] … [Read more...]

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! Fr. Thomas Hopko on the Resurrection [AUDIO]

On this, the greatest of all Feast Days, Fr. Thomas explains what we, as Orthodox Christians, know for certain about Jesus Christ. Listen here: [audio:http://audio.ancientfaith.com/hopko/stt027pascha_pc.mp3] … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko: The Fifth Week of Great Lent [AUDIO]

On the fifth Sunday of Lent, we commemorate St. Mary of Egypt. By her example, we are reminded of the extraordinary power of repentance and God's mercy, by which even the greatest sinner may be transformed and sanctified. Fr. Thomas starts with a review of the Gospel reading of Mark for the Fourth Sunday of Lent and transitions to the 5th Sunday explaining how reigning with our Lord is dependent on suffering with Him. St. Mary of Egypt Fr. Thomas contrasts the story of the fallen, then raised Mary of Alexandria with that of another Mary-- the Theotokos. Listen here: The … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko on St. John of the Ladder [AUDIO]

Originally broadcast on March 11, 2008 Length: 13:24 It is at this point in our Lenten journey that the Church contemplates the instruction of St. John Climacus and his Ladder of Divine Ascent. Fr. Tom takes us step by step through this treasure and makes it practical for us non-monastics! [audio:http://audio.ancientfaith.com/hopko/stt_lent4_pc.mp3] Podcast courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio. … [Read more...]

Sunday of the Cross [AUDIO]

On the 3rd Sunday of Great Lent, we concentrate on the Cross of Christ and Fr. Tom helps us understand what it means to take up our cross. Listen here: [audio:http://audio.ancientfaith.com/hopko/stt_3rdlentcross_pc.mp3] Podcast courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio. … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko on Asking for Forgiveness [AUDIO]

Originally broadcast on March 11, 2008 Length: 13:24 Fr. Tom considers the act of asking for forgiveness, as well as who it is we hurt when we sin. [audio:http://audio.ancientfaith.com/hopko/stt007forgiveness2_pc.mp3] Podcast courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio. … [Read more...]

Elder Pophyrios: One Should Feel Sorry for the Person Wounded by a Criminal

Excerpt from the book Elder Porphyrios: A Spiritual Child Remembers by the late Constantine Giannitsioti, translated by Marina M.Robb. Painting on Home page: "The Prodigal Son" by Vincent Van Gogh (Detail) Elder Porphyrios, an Athonite monk, was a spiritual father and confessor in the center of Athens for over 30 years, helping thousands of people with his counseling and ministry. He is known as the monk who brought the Jesus Prayer to busy center of Athens, Omonia Square. December 2, 2013: The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, during its gathering today, moved to … [Read more...]