Articles

Arriving at the Last True Rebellion

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 "...Escape from brainwashed minds and pollution. Leave the earth to all its sin and hate, find another world where freedom waits..." -Black Sabbath, Into the Void I was born into brokenness. I have never known the type of family you read about in books or see in movies. My parents were both very young and separated before I took my first breath of air.[...]

From Revolution to Restoration

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When I was quite young, my mother abandoned my younger sister, kid brother and I for a life of Drug Addiction, and just a few years later my father began his new life with his second wife and her children.  Being so young, I could understand very little of what was transpiring, but I did know that I was living in a broken home. The burden of three little one[...]

Our Ascent is Unending

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"'I seek for truth.'  Happy is he who places the accent on the last word: 'Truth.'  It is far worse with those who proudly emphasize the word 'seek,' and are full of vanity because of their position among those continually tending towards truth - 'Ever learning and never attaining to the knowledge of the truth.'" (2 Tim. 3:7) +Fr. Alexander Yelchaninov, F[...]

The Start

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I was not raised in the Christian faith. My mother can take an online quiz and it tells her that she is "a believer." And to this day, I have no idea what my father believes about religion in general. As a child, I read the nativity story on Christmas as we sat around with extended family. This only happened a few times. And other than that, my early childho[...]

The Opening of the Senses

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By Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov Printed in Issue 6* PEOPLE become capable of seeing spirits by a certain alteration of the senses, which is accomplished in a way that is unnoticeable and inexplicable to a person. He only notes in himself that he has suddenly begun to see what before this he had not seen and what others do not see, and to hear what before[...]

Saint Febronia: Beauty Bathed in Blood

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The following is a true account of a woman who gave her life for the sake of truth and for God. On the 25th of June in the year 305 AD this woman suffered the greatest torture ever imaginable and this we warn the reader that what they are about to experience might be shocking or upsetting. Please understand that those who love the truth don’t fear what peopl[...]

Overdose

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From Issue 4 part one: Monk Ephraim In the year of 1425 a monk was taken captive and tortured to death in his monastery in Greece for being a Christian. He was slowly tortured to death over a period of a year. After each episode his wounds were allowed to heal, and then he was subjected tonew and worse punishments. Finally they executed him. He was hun[...]

Through Closed Doors

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From Issue 8   In may of 1980, the singer /poet Ian Curtis of Joy Division hung himself in his Manchester, England home the day before he was to depart for their big U.S. tour. On the same day in Washington State, Mt. St. Helen’s erupted, and a young man prepared for high school graduation, and the turmoil that his life would soon become… The d[...]

St. Moses the Black of Scete

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Commemorated August 28th. Saint Moses Murin the Black lived during the fourth century in Egypt. He was an Ethiopian, and he was black of skin and therefore called “Murin” (meaning “like an Ethiopian”). In his youth he was the slave of an important man, but after he committed a murder, his master banished him, and he joined a band of robbers. Because of[...]

What Saint John Taught Me...

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By an Orthodox Subdeacon From Issue 16 This article was written by a subdeacon who had the blessing of serving with Saint John as a child as well as having the Saint as a family friend and mentor. These are his reflections, looking back at the greatest things Saint John revealed to him about the spiritual life. I look down from my perch in the choir lof[...]