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Seek and Ye Shall Find

Seek, and Ye Shall Find

Thoughts have a taste. Each thought is accompanied by an energy according to its origin. If the thought comes from God, it brings peace and joy and promotes prayer. If it comes from the enemy, it brings confusion and does not harmonise with prayer. Sometimes thoughts which come from God may be completely contrary to our psychological state. Yet they bring life and energy of the Spirit, and our prayer receives wings.

Ask, and It Shall Be Given You

‘The seed is the word of God.’ However, this seed is not of this world and therefore, when it falls in the good earth of the deep heart, it becomes ‘the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth’. ‘It is sown in weakness,’ but ‘it is raised in power and incorruption.’The texts of this book are the fruit of these Sunday meetings and are presented in the form of questions and answers: ‘Ask (with desire) and it shall be given you (of the abundance of the love of him that speaketh).’

Born from on High

The present book contains chapters St Sophrony wrote on the theological and ascetic basis for Christian life. He writes about the Christian life of married couples and of those called to monasticism. Themes which are central to his thought, such as personhood, and repentance, are looked at again here, but as ever with fresh and in­ spiring insight.

Mariam, The Mother of the Lord and Mother of Our Life

The fall of our forefather did not bring to nought God’s will for the creation of His reasonable creature. For centuries God looked down from heaven to see if there was one person who would ‘do righteousness’ and cooperate with Him as His minister in the great work of the salvation of mankind. He needed someone whose spiritual state corresponded as closely as possible to the divine state, which is the prerequisite for grace to dwell in the heart of man. Such was the state of the Mother of God. Her utter purity and selfless love for God was commensurate with the unfathomable measure of grace that would come to dwell within her. When God perceived the supernatural humility and purity in the godly child Mariam, ‘He bowed the heavens and came down.’

Ζητεῖτε, καὶ εὑρήσετε

Οἱ λογισμοὶ ἔχουν γεύση. Ὁ κάθε λογισμὸς ἀνάλογα μὲ τὴν προέλευσή του συνοδεύεται ἀπὸ κάποια ἐνέργεια. Ἂν προέρχεται ἀπὸ τὸν Θεό, γεννᾶ εἰρήνη καὶ χαρά· προάγει τὸ ἔργο τῆς προσευχῆς. Ἐὰν πάλι προέρχεται ἀπὸ τὸν ἐχθρό, φέρνει σύγχυση καὶ δὲν ἐναρμονίζεται μὲ τὴν προσευχή. Ἐνδέχεται οἱ λογισμοὶ ποὺ προέρχονται ἀπὸ τὸν Θεὸ νὰ εἶναι παντελῶς ἀντίθετοι στὸν ψυχισμό μας. Ὡστόσο, μεταδίδουν ζωὴ καὶ πνευματικὴ ἐνέργεια, ποὺ δίδει φτερὰ στὴν προσευχή.

Ἡ ζωή Του ζωή μου

Tὸ βιβλίο His Life is Mine ἐκδόθηκε ἀρχικὰ στὰ ἀγγλικὰ τὸ 1977 (ἐκδόσεις A. R. Mowbray & Co. Ltd, Οxford) ἀπὸ τὸ ρωσικὸ πρωτότυπο σὲ μετάφραση τῆς Rosemary Edmonds. Σκοπὸς τῆς ἀγγλικῆς μετάφρασης ἦταν νὰ δοθεῖ ἡ εὐκαιρία καὶ στὸ ἀναγνωστικὸ κοινὸ τῆς Δύσης νὰ γνωρίσει τὴ θεολογία τοῦ ἁγίου Σωφρονίου.

Αἰτεῖτε, καὶ δοθήσεται ὑμῖν

Ἀφότου ἐγερθεῖτε τὸ πρωῒ καὶ πλύνετε τὸ πρόσωπό σας, προσφέρετε ἀμέσως εὐχαριστία στὸν Θεὸ «πάντων ἕνεκεν»· διαβάστε κάποιες ἀπὸ τὶς εὐχὲς τῆς Ἐκκλησίας· προσευχηθεῖτε αὐτοσχέδια ἀπὸ τὴν καρδιά σας καὶ στὴ συνέχεια προσευχηθεῖτε λίγο μὲ τὴν εὐχὴ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ. Τότε ἡ ἐνέργεια τῆς προσευχῆς θὰ σᾶς συνοδεύει ὅλη τὴν ἡμέρα καί, εἶμαι βέβαιος, ὅτι θὰ σφραγίζει μὲ εὐλογία κάθε ἔργο σας.

Μαριὰμ

Ἡ πτώση τοῦ προπάτορος δὲν ματαίωσε τὴ θεία βουλὴ γιὰ τὴ δημιουργία τοῦ λογικοῦ πλάσματος. Ὁ Θεὸς γιὰ αἰῶνες κατόπτευε ἀπὸ τὸν οὐρανὸ νὰ δεῖ, ἂν ὑπῆρχε κάποιος ἄνθρωπος «ἐργαζόμενος δικαιοσύνην», ποὺ θὰ συνεργοῦσε μαζί Του ὡς θεράπων Του στὸ μέγα ἔργο τῆς σωτηρίας τοῦ ἀνθρώπινου γένους. Ὁ Θεὸς χρειαζόταν κάποιον, τοῦ ὁποίου ἡ πνευματικὴ κατάσταση νὰ ἀντιστοιχεῖ ὅσο τὸ δυνατὸν περισσότερο στὴ θεία κατάσταση…

Cuviosul Siluan Athonitul

Fecioara Maria

Preasfânta Fecioară este numită Împărăteasa și Mireasa Mirelui. Ea a îmbrățișat mai întâi viața ascunsă în poruncile Lui, iar mai apoi pe Însuși Domnul slavei. Deși nu a păcătuit niciodată, a luat asupra sa o viață de răstignire desăvârșită, pentru a face loc înlăuntrul ei voii dumnezeiești și a cuprinde întreaga omenire în inima sa…

Nelumescul iubirii

Cântările bisericești de la praznicul Cincizecimii exprimă graiurile străine și cuvintele paradoxale ale Duhului, care covârșesc mintea întunecată a omului, dar dau mărturie despre realitatea înfricoșată a lui Dumnezeu. Așijderea, Duhul pune suspinele minunate ale izbăvirii înlăuntrul inimii celui ce este purtător al iubirii dumnezeiești…

Isihasmul

Isihasmul înseamnă biruința omului asupra patimilor sale, atunci când Duhul Se odihnește în cămara de nuntă a inimii lui. Este o nevoință ascetică cu caracter îndoit: pe de o parte, presupune dezbrăcarea și lepădarea de omul cel vechi, iar pe de altă parte, asumarea, îmbrăcarea și primirea plinătății omului celui nou…

TESTIMONIALS

The spiritual inheritance passed down from St. Silouan to St. Sophrony to Fr. Zacharias is invaluable as it speaks with such clarity to the needs of our time. That has been my experience - first as a seminarian, and now as a young priest. I routinely draw on the publications of the work of St. Silouan, St. Sophrony, Archim. Zacharias, & Archim. Peter - both for myself and for my pastoral work in the parish. The way these publications speak of the Gospel and the fulness of the life in Christ has been uniquely helpful to me personally and in my work as a priest.

I would also like to offer my thanks for the physical quality and overall appearance/aesthetic of the books themselves. The clothbound hardback with stamped text & logo makes for a superior look and feel for the books. The high-quality paper, uncrowded pages, and even the font, all contribute to the unparalleled reading experience. I appreciate that the books available in hardback will lay flat. Additionally, I have greatly appreciated recent publications - such as At the Doors of Holy Lent - that included two-color text and a ribbon bookmark. 

Fr. Anthony Saunders @St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church

Thank you for continuing to release Fr. Zacharias’s writings. They are incredibly encouraging personally and very helpful for pastoring. As a mission-planting priest, these books have enabled me to connect the hard work we are doing here with God’s desire for our salvation. I hope Fr. Zacharias is able to continue publishing for a long time.

Fr. Joel Wilson @Annunciation Orthodox Christian Church

I have read everything available from Archimandrite Zacharias, and yet every time I embark on reading his latest work, it's like I'm clinging to a tiny but precious thread that leads all the way to eternity. I am forever grateful for his wisdom and utterly penetrating insights into the nature of Orthodoxy and God's infinite love for His children, even when they turn away or don't realize His presence. More than ever, the world needs a voice like Archimandrite Zacharia's.

Robert David Vivian, Michigan USA

Archimandrite Zacharias books are like a good movie- I cannot stop reading them!!!!

Costakis Neocleous, Atlanta USA

I have recently purchased Christ, Our Way and Our Life from you and I am so very glad that I have. As an Anglican it is one of the most powerful works that I have ever read. Although I am only part way through, it has illuminated my thought with a clarity that I have not felt outside of Holy Scripture. I give my genuine thanks.

David, Staffordshire UK

PHOTO GALLERY

🚚 Yesterday afternoon we received the new stock of the republication of the classic edition of the book ***Saint Silouan the Athonite*** written by Saint Sophrony the Athonite.🗓️ Also we have limited stock of the Calendar for 2024.📬✈️🌍 We started shipping all the pre-orders and it will take us a few days until we catch up with the current orders.Thanks be to God.
Merry Christmas!We were a bit late with our 2024 Calendar this year but it will be with us very soon. Together with our calendar is coming the much anticipated book Saint Silouan in English. Undoubtedly it has been the most requested book these past few years. We had some obstacles with the republication but finally with God’s help and the prayers of our Saints Silouan and Sophrony we managed to bring it to life again.🔗Book: Saint Silouan -> https://essexmonastery.com/bookshop/saint-silouan-the-athonite/
🔗Calendar 2024 -> https://essexmonastery.com/bookshop/calendar-2024/About the arrival of the books:If there is no delay at the port of Dover, the books and the calendar will be with us this coming week. Otherwise we’ll have to wait until after Christmas to get them. Nevertheless you can pre-order them now for quick dispatch once our stock becomes available. This way we’ll have a bit of time to organise the shipping. You can estimate the arrival of your order sometime in January depending where you are in the world.
Our latest book gift wraps from last month plus our Christmas specials!
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Letters to his Family - Saint Sophrony's Letter 2, to his sister Maria. Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois 16th-17th September 1958.#sophrony #saintsophrony #essexmonastery #letters #orthodox #christianorthodox #quote #quotes #quoteoftheday #wisdom
Our recent gift wraps, wrapped with all our heart and full of joy 🥰
Letters to his Family - Saint Sophrony's Letter 39, to his sister Maria. The Old Rectory, Christmas 1968/1969.#sophrony #saintsophrony #essexmonastery #letters #orthodox #christianorthodox #orthodoxchurch #quote #quotes #quoteoftheday #wisdom
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