Book Notes: Prayers by the Lake, on Fasting

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

Today is Clean Monday, the official beginning of Great Lent for Orthodox Christians. So I kept this fascinating chapter on fasting for the occasion. My scan is not the best, but I think it’s easy to guess the chopped words on the left. Sorry about that.

Also, to see it bigger, right click and open in a new window, then you can change the zoom.







Thoughts for your weekend: Digital detox

Jean Claude LarchetThe 2nd international conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care
was held in Crete on June, 18-21, 2018.

During the first day of the conference,
the renowned theologian Jean-Claude Larchet
gave an important conference
on the necessary abstinence from social media.


Why don’t we fast during the week of the Publican and the Pharisee?

publican and pharisee

Why don’t we fast
during the week
of the Publican and the Pharisee?

By cancelling the Wednesday and Friday fast during the week of the Publican and the Pharisee, the holy Church desires to keep us from pharisaical self-complacency, when the formal observation of Church rules (fasting, prayer rule, and church attendance) becomes the goal of spiritual life. The holy fathers teach that all this must be fulfilled, but it must be seen as a means for acquiring spiritual fruits.

Click on the picture to read the whole article, so fascinating!