“What can I say about those long-awaited days when the Superior of the Skete, Fr. Anthony, would serve? His every move, every word and exclamation reflected purity, meekness and reverence, and at the same time a holy feeling of majesty. I have never seen anywhere else such church services, although I have visited many monasteries and churches.” — excerpt from ELDER ANTHONY OF OPTINA
“… I know from the teachings of the Holy Fathers that every temptation or illness is sent to us by God as a cure for our infirm soul. For if our body suffers, God forgives our past and present sins and prevents us from sinning in the future. That is why we should wholeheartedly thank the Lord God Who is so merciful to us and turns everything to our benefit and permits us to be ill. Thus, we shouldn’t grumble. This is the reason why I am trying, with the help of God, to endure my illness meekly.… I have never had as much time for reading soul-profiting books as I have now in my prolonged illness, and therefore I wonder—how shall I thank my God for all He has granted me!”—from a letter of Elder Anthony
Join the animals at the Duckpond as they journey through Great Lent towards Pascha (Easter). Along with them, we learn that Lent is not about the rules, but about allowing...
The Paschal Triduum of Holy Friday, Holy Saturday, and Holy Pascha is a time of wonder and excitement for Orthodox children. The services engage everyone in the saving events of...
The saints of our Church, even the greatest elders and ascetics, were once children! On one summer day, in Konitsa of Epirus (Northern Greece), the young Arseny beheld the “Light...
First Week of Great Lent
The Hermitage of the Holy Cross will be closed in observance of the First Week of Great Lent from February 18 until February 26. We will reply to all correspondence and ship all orders as soon as possible beginning Monday, February 26.