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  1. Alexander  Schmorell  Saint of the German Resistance

    Alexander Schmorell Saint of the German Resistance

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    At the height of World War II, a small band of students in Munich, Germany, calling themselves the White Rose, exposed the Nazi régime’s murderous atrocities and called for its overthrow. Among them was Alexander Schmorell, a talented young man of Russian descent who, deeply inspired by his Orthodox Christian faith, was willing to sacrifice his life as a testimony to his faith in God that had taught him to love beauty and freedom, both of which the Nazis sought to destroy. Arrested and convicted of treason, Alexander and several compatriots were confined in Stadelheim Prison to await their execution. The prison, then, became Alexander’s “Golgotha”. For three months, he prepared himself and his family for the inevitable end. A Catholic priest who visited the prisoners remarked that Alexander had “set a course for heaven.” The short chapter below is excerpted from Alexander Schmorell: Saint of the German Resistance As Alexander languished in prison, his inner peace unfolded further, contrasting sharply with the mood expressed in letters he had written during the winter prior to his arrest, complaining that “bleakness and sadness have become my constant companions,” and that “dreadful disquiet is the prevailing characteristic of my life,” with no respite of calm. Now, after having spent over four months in prison, and almost three months on death row, he was moved to write the following letter to his sister. Icon of St Alexander Schmorell Icon of St Alexander, painted by Priest Alexij Lemmer for his glorification in 2012. July 2, 1943 My dear, dear Natasha: You have surely read the letters I have written to our parents, so that you are fairly well posted. You will perhaps be surprised when I tell you that I am day by day becoming calmer inwardly, even joyous and glad, and that my mood is nearly always better than it used to be when I was free! How does this happen? I’ll tell you at once. This whole terrible “misfortune” has been necessary to show me the right way—and therefore it has actually not been a misfortune at all. Above all, I am glad, and grateful to God for it, that it has been granted to me to understand this sign from Him, and thereby to find the right way. For what did I know before this of faith, of true, deep faith, of truth, of the ultimate and only truth of God? Very little! But now I have progressed so far that I am happy and calm and confident even in my present situation—come what may. I hope that you have experienced a similar development and that you too, after the deep sorrow of separation, have reached the point of thanking God for everything. This misfortune was necessary; it opened my eyes—not only my eyes but also the eyes of all those whom it has befallen, our family included. I hope that all of you have likewise understood correctly this sign from God. My sincerest greetings to all, but greetings especially to you from Your Shurik Cover of the newly published book on St Alexander Schmorell Cover of the newly published biography of St Alexander of Munich. During her imprisonment by the Gestapo, Natasha had nearly lost sight in one eye as a result of a retinal detachment. Having received news of this, Alexander asked for permission to write a letter home without waiting for the requisite number of weeks to elapse. In a short note dated July 11, ever solicitous of the welfare of others, he urged his parents to make sure that his sister received the best of care. He cautioned against going to the medical clinic at the university—“I know how they work there”—and expressed hope that Natasha is being treated by Professor Wessely: “He is the best eye specialist.” Alexander advised Natasha to follow her doctor’s prescribed treatment exactly to make sure that it is successful. A few days earlier, on July 8, unbeknownst to Alexander, the senior prosecutor in Munich had advised the chief prosecutor of the People’s Court in Berlin that the day of the executions of Alexander Schmorell and Professor Kurt Huber was set for Tuesday, July 13. Willi Graf, however, was still required for further questioning, and his execution was postponed. Early on the morning of July 13, Alexander received the official order of execution. It was to take place at 5 p.m. that afternoon, with Alexander going first, followed by Professor Huber. Alexander picked up his pen one last time to write his loved ones a letter of farewell. Learn More
  2. Sweetness of Grace

    Sweetness of Grace

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    From the author of The Scent of Holiness, The Sweetness of Grace is a collection of stories derived from conversations with Orthodox nuns, monks, and laypeople, along with experiences of Orthodox life in South Korea, Greece, and North America. Those who enjoyed Everyday Saints will enjoy these similar stories from other parts of the Orthodox world. Constantina R. Palmer is from New Brunswick, a quaint province on Canada’s Atlantic coast. She lived in Thessaloniki, Greece for almost six years, during which time she received a Master’s degree in theology from Aristotle University, studied Cretan style iconography, as well as Byzantine chant. Not one to simply learn from books she also spent significant time at a number of women’s monasteries throughout northern Greece. Currently, she lives with her husband, an Orthodox priest, in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada, serving the only Orthodox parish on the island of Newfoundland. She is also a social worker. Learn More
  3. Hear me. A Prayer Book for Orthodox Young Adults (second edition revised)

    Hear me. A Prayer Book for Orthodox Young Adults (second edition revised)

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    The very popular prayer book for Orthodox youth, Hear Me, has now been revised to include more prayers, answer more questions, and tackle additional difficult subject matter that our young people are constantly faced with. Learn More
  4. Liturgy of Death

    Liturgy of Death

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    “For the Orthodox Church, the time has arrived not to reform the liturgy of death, nor to modernize it (God forbid!), but simply to rediscover it. Father Alexander Schmemann was a prolific writer, brilliant lecturer and dedicated pastor. Former dean and professor of liturgical theology at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, he passed away in 1983 at the age of sixty-two. Father Alexander Schmemann’s insight into contemporary culture, church life, and liturgical celebration left an indelible mark on the Chrisitian community worldwide. Learn More
  5. Field. Cultivating Salvation

    Field. Cultivating Salvation

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    The spiritual harvest requires a heart that is harrowed by repentance, softened by compunction, and irrigated by tears. SAINT IGNATIUS (BRIANCHANINOV) was one of the leading spiritual writers of nineteenth century Russia. He became a monk in 1831 and the bishop of the Caucasus and the Black Sea in 1857. He devoted much of his life to writing spiritual works, his most famous being known in English translation as the Arena, which has been continuously in print for almost half a century. He reposed in 1867 and was canonized in 1988. The Field is the inaugural English translation of the first volume of his Collected Works. Learn More
  6. Echoes of Scripture In The Gospels

    Echoes of Scripture In The Gospels

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    The claim that the events of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection took place "according to the Scriptures" stands at the heart of the New Testament's message. All four canonical Gospels declare that the Torah and the Prophets and the Psalms mysteriously prefigure Jesus. The author of the Fourth Gospel states this claim succinctly: in his narrative, Jesus declares, "If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me" (John 5:46). Yet modern historical criticism characteristically judges that the New Testament's christological readings of Israel's Scripture misrepresent the original sense of the texts; this judgment forces fundamental questions to be asked: Why do the Gospel writers read the Scriptures in such surprising ways? Are their readings intelligible as coherent or persuasive interpretations of the Scriptures? Does Christian faith require the illegitimate theft of someone else's sacred texts? Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels answers these questions. Richard B. Hays chronicles the dramatically different ways the four Gospel writers interpreted Israel's Scripture and reveals that their readings were as complementary as they were faithful. In this long-awaited sequel to his Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul, Hays highlights the theological consequences of the Gospel writers' distinctive hermeneutical approaches and asks what it might mean for contemporary readers to attempt to read Scripture through the eyes of the Evangelists. In particular, Hays carefully describes the Evangelists' practice of figural reading―an imaginative and retrospective move that creates narrative continuity and wholeness. He shows how each Gospel artfully uses scriptural echoes to re-narrate Israel's story, to assert that Jesus is the embodiment of Israel's God, and to prod the church in its vocation to engage the pagan world. Hays shows how the Evangelists summon readers to a conversion of their imagination. The Evangelists' use of scriptural echo beckons readers to believe the extraordinary: that Jesus was Israel's Messiah, that Jesus is Israel's God, and that contemporary believers are still on mission. The Evangelists, according to Hays, are training our scriptural senses, calling readers to be better scriptural people by being better scriptural poets. Learn More
  7. Ancient Faith Psalter

    Ancient Faith Psalter

    $34.95

    This is a Psalter organised according to the cycle of daily readings according to the monastic practice of the Orthodox Church. Therefore the psalms are not in the regular numeric order 1 to 150. Rather they are grouped in order of 20 sections (called kathismata). Learn More
  8. Faith Encouraged

    Faith Encouraged

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    Devotional Guide to Being Orthodox on Purpose. In the style of his podcasts Fr Barnabas offers reflections for each workday of the year to inspire us to live out our faith in the real world everyday. Read these brief thoughts for a shot of encouragement to live each day as Orthodox on purpose. Learn More
  9. On Earth We're Just Learning How To Live

    On Earth We're Just Learning How To Live

    $24.95

    During his long life, Fr. Valentin has had innumerable experiences of God’s mercy and has met a great many others who have experienced God in profound and at times miraculous ways. He has recorded these experiences in this book for the sake of younger generations, in order to strengthen their faith, and in order to derive teachings on how to live as true Christians: with prayer, love for others, hope in God, humility, repentance, and forgiveness. Learn More
  10. Diary 2017 - Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia

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