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Useful Servanthood

A Study of Spiritual Formation in the Writings of Abba Ammonas
Bernadette McNary-Zak, Nada Conic , Brother Lawrence Morey, OCSO, Richard Upsher Smith, Jr.

Useful Servanthood introduces English-speaking readers to Abba Ammonas, disciple and successor of Saint Antony of the Desert and a prominent figure of fourth-century Egyptian monasticism. As a directo ...

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Following the Footsteps of the Invisible

The Complete Works of Diadochus of Photikë
Cliff Ermatinger

Fifth-century Christianity was a theological battlefield. With the Messalian heretics and their experientialist spirituality on the one side and the intellectualist school on the other, representative ...

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Talking Back

A Monastic Handbook for Combating Demons
Evagrius of Pontus; Translated with an Introduction by David Brakke

How did the monks of the Egyptian desert fight against the demons that attacked them with tempting thoughts? How could Christians resist the thoughts of gluttony, fornication, or pride that assailed t ...

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Orthodoxy

Evolving Tradition
By David N. Bell

Orthodox Christianity—divided into two main groups: Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox—is now a world-wide phenomenon and one of the fastest growing Christian traditions in the United States. In t ...

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Nil Sorsky

The Authentic Writings
Translated, with an Introduction, by David Goldfrank.

Nil Sorsky (1433/34-1508), founder of the Sora Hermitage and initiator of ‘scete’ life in among Russian Christians, is closely identified with the Orthodox contemplative prayer known as hesychasm, ‘st ...

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Witness To Holiness

Abba Daniel of Scetis
Edited, with an Introduction, by Tim Vivian

Abba Daniel, priest, monastic superior and model of holiness in the austere world of desert monasticism, lived in the sixth century. Some dozen stories about him, and a few sayings attributed to him, ...

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The Wisdom Of The Pearlers

An Anthology of Syriac Christian Mysticism
Translated, with an Introduction, by Brian E. Colless

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The Blessing Of Blessings

Gregory of Narek's Commentary on the Song of Songs
Gregory of Narek; Translated by Roberta Ervine

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Saint Mary Of Egypt

Three Medieval Lives in Verse
Translated by Ron Pepin and Hugh Feiss OSB

The saintly austerities of Mary of Egypt so impressed early monks that they recorded her life to edify their brethren. Many versions circulated and the tale traveled from Palestine to Europe, from Gre ...

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Stewards Of The Poor

"The Man of God, Rabbula, and Hiba in Fifth-Century Edessa"
Translated, with an Introduction, by Robert Doran

The Man of God lacks the prodigious miracles and extravagant feats of asceticism typical of Syrian saints. He does nothing extraordinary, except live as a poor person, begging for his daily bread and ...

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Prayer

The Spirituality of the Christian EastVolume 2
Tomás Spidlík SJ; Anthony P. Gythiel, Translator

This second volume on Eastern Christian spirituality amplifies in depth the final two chapters of the earlier The Spirituality of the Christian East: A Systematic Handbook. Like Cassian in writing his ...

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Bearers Of The Spirit

Spiritual Fatherhood in the Romanian Orthodox Tradition
Nicolas Stebbing CR

Christians in various western traditions are re-discovering spiritual direction. Yet many have little experience of the living tradition of spiritual fatherhood. The book sets out to learn how Orthodo ...

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Ascetic Discourses


Abba Isaiah Of Scetis; Translated, with an Introduction and Notes, by John Chryssavgis and Pachomios (Robert) Penkett

Written in the fifth century, during one of the most formative periods of christian monasticism in Egypt and Palestine, The Ascetic Discourses show a strong influence of the Scripture, both Old and Ne ...

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A Life Pleasing To God

The Spirituality of the Rules of Saint Basil
Augustine Holmes, OSB

Basil the Great (330-379) is one of the most important figures in christian history and a theologian and spiritual teacher of ecumenical significance. At a time when the sources of their rich spiritua ...

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The Monastic Rule Of Iosif Volotsky

New Revised Edition
Edited and Translated by David M. Goldfrank

The life and Rule of Iosif Volotsky (1439/1440-1515) reveal many of the contradictory forces at work within the medieval muscovite church and russian monasticism: social reform amid noble privilege, m ...

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