Life of Holy Apostle James, the Lord’s Brother

November 5 (October 23 old calendar). He is called ‘the Lord’s brother’ because he was the son of righteous Joseph, the betrothed of the most holy Mother of God. When Joseph was dying, he shared out his goods among his sons and wanted to leave a share to the Lord Jesus, the Son of the…

How to Form an Orthodox Conscience

 How to Form an Orthodox Conscience  by Father Alexey Young An Orthodox Christian conscience is created by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ acting within us. It is difficult to form this conscience. But once a Christian acquires it, an alarm is sounded in his heart and mind whenever he comes close to improper…

A Child’s Lent Remembered

  Fr. Mark posted this a few years back [and every year], and I really liked how it gives a little more perspective on taking Lent seriously. -Rebekah Moser   “A Child’s Lent Remembered”   An excerpt from Ivan Shmelyov’s “Anno Domini”, a wistful recollection of life in his pious, old-fashioned, well-to-do home in pre-Revolutionary…