Book Notes: Prayers by the Lake

Prayers by the LakePrayers by the Lake,
by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
Written in 1921-1922
Translated by Archimandrite Todor Mika
and Fr Stevan Scott
Published in 2010
by the Diocese of New Gracanica
and Midwestern America
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Prayers by the Lake is a very powerful century (a collection of 100 texts). These texts are at the same time prayers/meditations/poems. They are spiritually very intense.
Little by little, you can discern how the texts are organized, especially as the author Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich (who wrote the famous Prologue of Ohrid) starts following Creation, and then following the Life of Christ.

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Book review: Letters to Saint Olympia, by Saint John Chrysostom

Letters to Saint Olympia

Letters to Saint Olympia,
by Saint John Chrysostom
Written between 404-407
Translated by David C. Ford
Published on 2/1/2017
by St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press
172 pages
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Saint John Chrysostom wrote these 17 letters during his very last exile. They are addressed to Olympia, a widow who embraced a life of asceticism and was ordained a deaconess.  She was very instrumental in her local church, but having to face many pressures, and feeling the pain of John’s exile, she suffered from a disease which we often think to be proper to our modern times.

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