This section of our website, About Orthodoxy, contains a wealth of information on the Orthodox Christian Faith, the Great Feasts and Fasts of the Church, and many of her greatest saints, including many that have shone forth in North America.
Orthodox Monasticism: Numerous feature articles on the essential role of monasticsm in the life of the Church. Includes videos, plus a special section on Mount Athos, Greece, which for a thousand years has been the spiritual and monastic center of Orthodoxy.
Feasts and Fasts: Dozens of pages with hundreds of helpful articles and resources on the Great Feasts, the practice of Fasting in the Orthodox Church, Great Lent, Holy Week, and the Paschal period, and much more.
Saints (Great Saints, All Saints of North America): These unique pages introduce numerous saints of the Church, with special emphasis to those who have shown forth in North America. Extensive special resource pages on St Herman of Alaska and St John of San Francisco crown this section.
Newsfeed: Features RSS subscriptions to several Orthodox news sources, plus select podcasts updated daily. Explore and subscribe to your favorites.
Especially for Inquirers: Scroll down this page for a broad selection of books and websites ideal for those new to Orthodoxy. Featuring titles and resources for seekers coming from a variety of backgrounds, whether Protestant, Roman Catholic, or non-Christian, this page provides numerous starting points for your journey. And be sure to contact Father Steven with questions and to join our Catechetical Classes.
Welcome to a very special section of our parish website,
especially for seekers and inquirers new to the Orthodox Christian Faith.
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Amen, Amen, AMEN!
Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokalamsk is one of the Russian Orthodox Church's most respected figures. His book, The Mystery of Faith, presents the Orthodox Christian Faith in a straightforward, topical format, and has been adapted for online ease of use. Whether you are a seeker or a longstanding Orthodox Christian (including cradle Orthodox!), we think you'll profit from this clear teaching on 'the faith once delivered to the saints'.
An Online Orthodox Catechism, by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev
Order the book, The Mystery of Faith, from Amazon.com.
Praying with Icons, by Jim Forest - Easy to read & helps one understand the importance of prayer & contemplation. Highly recommended for anyone looking to increase his prayer life and most especially to converts. Available new from amazon.com starting at $10.99.
Praying with the Orthodox Tradition, by Bishop Kallistos Ware - For anyone looking to develop discipline in prayer throughout the day. Bishop Kallistos' introduction is a classic text. Only $10 at amazon.com.
The Jesus We Missed ~ The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ, by Fr Patrick Henry Reardon - Fr Patrick takes us on a journey "through the Gospel narratives to discover the real Jesus." Profound insights into Jesus as he "grew in wisdom and understanding" and what it means that he "came to redeem and sanctify every aspect of every human life." Available new from amazon.con starting at $8.30. Available for Kindle and iPad.
The Twelve Great Feasts for Children (preschool age & up) by Sister Elayne (now Mother Melania) - About $7 per book or special prices if you buy a few all together. "We ordered the Nativity of our Lord & it was awesome. The kids enjoyed it." There is a special Three Day Pascha series covering Great and Holy Friday, Great and Holy Saturday, and Pascha Sunday, for $17.95.
The Way of a Pilgrim - This classic of Russian spirituality charms the reader into following along with an earnest pilgrim, as he seeks to learn how to "pray without ceasing," and grows in his practice of the Jesus Prayer. Simple, yet profound, this little book points the way to the Philokalia (the classic collection of Orthodox spiritual direction) and the way of humbly inviting Christ into one's heart. Amazon.com - Kindle Edition available.
Way of the Ascetics - This thin volume is a modern classic on the Orthodox spiritual and ascetical life. Distilled from the Philokalia and other much larger and more daunting compilations, Way of the Ascetics clarifies the path of theosis for the seeker after Christ. This should be in every Orthodox Christian's library, and is the ideal practical companion to any of the four books listed above. Paperback, 110 pages. $14.00 - St Vladimir's Seminary Press. • iBooks (epub) and Kindle (mobi) editions available.
Essence of a Spiritual Community
In this egalitarian and beautiful environment with its 2000 year history and traditions we are humbled and are able to let go of our egotistical nature and seek mercy from God. We praise and glory Him with prayers and hymns. We are surrounded with others who share our belief and quest to become united with Him and supported in His teaching that to love God we must love all those gathered with us as well as our enemies. In this gathering we feel connected and one with each other as well as God. We feel nourished, secure, and peaceful in our hearts. We experience a true sense of community that cannot be found in any other way except through our common relationship with God.
St. Cyril of Alexandria (ca. 376-444) writes the following about the reason we all come together in this place of worship:
These titles can also greatly help Orthodox Christians find words and examples to share our faith, and our conviction that the Orthodox Christian Church is the fullness of the Christian Faith, and the True Church founded by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Explore this catechetical series by Orthodox philosopher Clark Carlton.
Links point to his author page at Amazon. New editions are reputed to be in the works, so keep checking back:
From the JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY site:
If you are a non-Orthodox lay person interested in the Orthodox faith, our Network of current inquires and past converts will help you answer those pesky questions, and deprogram from the very issues that have troubled you.
If you are a non-Orthodox clergyman, professional, chaplain, missionary or person in a leadership position whose spiritual journey has led you to contemplate the Orthodox faith, JTO exists because we’ve been there! It is a well worn path to the Orthodox Church, and it requires reflection, fellowship, and a gut-wrenching search for the Truth.
No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, whether you are retracing the steps of the Ole’ Schism Trail, or newly introduced to the Orthodox faith, you can be sure that multitudes just like you have been on the same journey – with the same result.
Numerous topical sections especially suited for newcomers to Orthodoxy, including:
Home Page (Includes most recent links and additions)
Used by Father Steven in our Catechetical Classes...
Often used for Orthodox catechism classes, the series covers Doctrine, Worship, Bible and Church History, and Spirituality. The online version features easy to follow links to navigate by topic or read straight through. Printer-friendly format available. Order the books from SVS Press here.
If you have questions or are seeking further reading, please contact our pastor, Fr. Steven Kostoff.