Hungry Orthodox Christian Reader

Hungry Orthodox Christian Reader

by Orthodox Literary Growth Advocates


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Hungry Orthodox Christian Reader by Orthodox Literary Growth Advocates

This Reader is a sampler of books and types of Orthodox writings that are “hidden.” Although foundational, everyday, Orthodox reading and currently available in English, these sources are hidden through unfamiliarity or, surprisingly, a seeming too much familiarity. Many are hidden away in expensive, scholarishly-intimidating, multi-volume sets of books. Other staples of Orthodox reading have only recently arrived in English. Certain others are avoided as though proscribed: for priests only. Those obscured by ostensible over-familiarity—the services, for example, with their expansive beauty and depth—are simply taken for granted and too often become burdensome obligation.

The works collected in this Reader provide an encouraging glimpse into and introduction to these “hidden”—though widely available—texts and sources. The various selections deal not so much with what Orthodox believe, but rather how Orthodox believe. They point toward a more Orthodox culture, world view, way of life. The book is for hungry Orthodox: lifelong church members who feel there must be more to Orthodoxy than they perceive on Sunday morning; converts who seek the “fullness” they were promised; and “reverts” who left the Church because of hunger but now hungrily return.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996644105
Publisher: OLGA Press
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 387,317
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Coming from various parts of the United States and differing Orthodox jurisdictions, Orthodox Literary Growth Advocates (OLGA), with its natural outgrowth, OLGA Press, was formed to promote Orthodox literacy and culture in America.

Table of Contents



A View to Salvation

1. Spiritual Anthropology - St Symeon the New Theologian [†1022]

2. The Path to Salvation - St Theophan the Recluse [†1894]

A Different Way of Seeing

3. The Shepherd of Hermas - Hermas [c. A.D. 50–200]

4. The Unity of Christ’s Ideal - St Hilarion Troitsky [†1929]

A Different Way of Knowing

5. The Samaritan Woman at the Well - St Theophylact of Bulgaria [†c.1126]

6. The Mystery of Knowledge - St Isaac the Syrian [†c.700] via St Justin Popovich [†1979]

A Different Association

7. The Communion of Saints - Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) [1964 essay]

8. Valentine - Contemporary letter

9. Annunciation Canon - St John of Damascus [†c.749]

A Different Attitude

10. A Sower Went Out to Sow His Seed - St Gregory Palamas [†1359]

11. Glory Be to God! - St Ignatius Brianchaninov [†1867]

12. Weekday Hymnal - Church Hymnographers [?700–900]

Divine Service

13. Treatise on Prayer - St Symeon of Thessalonike [†1429]

14. Short Hours - Daily Office [?300–900]

15. Vesper Hymns - Octoechos [c.700–900]

Daily Nurture

16. Prologue of Ohrid - St Nikolai Velimirovic [†1956]

17. An Odd Chapter - Ancient Writers [c.100–800]

Daily Struggle

18. Self-Restraint - Desert Fathers [c.300–800]

19. The War of Thoughts - St Paisios the New [†1994]

20. Life of Saint Stephen the New - St Stephen [†766] via St Demetrius of Rostov [†1709]

Environmental Review

21. Life of Saint Niphon - St Niphon [†350] via St Demetrius of Rostov [†1709]



A Church Library

My Favorite Matins

Canon Basics

Reading Calendar for Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies





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