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On the Holy Fathers of Scetis and on Discrimination
St John Cassian

On the Holy Fathers of Scetis and on Discrimination is a short treatise on the supreme virtue of discrimination or discernment by St. John Cassian as found in the first volume of the English Philokalia. The Philokalic text is a Greek excerpt and summary made by St. Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain from St. Cassian's Latin classic The Conferences. In this beautiful and eminently practical guide for spiritual progress St. John Cassian produces the teaching of the Desert Fathers on the supreme value of discrimation as "the source, root, crown and common bond of all the vritues." Besides explaining how discrimination holds together all spiritual effort in proportion, he offers many practical counsels on how to acquire discernment.

Both Parts:  $5.00
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A Discourse on Abba Philimon

The Discourse on Abba Philimon is fifth offering in the Philokalia Series. The Discourse is a precious narrative included within the Philokalia because of its priceless passages on practicing inner prayer and watchfulness. This text, coming from the otherwise unknown Egyptian priest-ascetic Philimon no later than the early seventh century, contains the earliest citation of the Jesus Prayer in what has come to be considered its standard form: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me." This sacred word from the Abba has been cherished by Christians for centuries for is practical guidance on how to raise the heart and mind above the powerful allurements of the fallen world, or in the Abba's words: 'For through unceasing prayer and the study of the divine Scriptures the soul's noetic eyes are opened, and they see the King of the celestial powers, and great joy and fierce longing burn intensely in the soul; and as the flesh, too, is taken up by the Spirit, man becomes wholly spiritual.'

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Online Download:  $3.00
An Address on Vainglory and the Proper Upbringing of Children
St John Chrysostom
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This is a two (2) CD package or online download
Total Listening Time: 1 hour, 36 mins
      
Inspired and practical advice on Christian parenting. St. John Chrysostom sets the daily tasks of the upbringing of children in a grand vision of serving God and training spiritual athletes for Christ’s sake. This treatise has long been out of print in the English language.

Online Download :  $10.00
Ascetic Discourse by St. Neilos the Ascetic

St. Neilos the Ascetic, disciple of St. John Chrysostom and one-time city-prefect of Constantinople turned monk and Abbot, provides in 50 pages - the longest of all texts by far in Vol. 1 of the English Philokalia - a substantial rationale and vision for investing one's energies in the cultivation of the soul and the acquisition of heaven, rather than the care of the body and the pursuit of earthly glory and fame. Chocked full of spiritual interpretations of Old Testament texts, St. Neilos utilizes his vast knowledge of Scripture and vast life experience to promote the development of Christian spiritual life. This text is duly famous for its profound reflections upon the gravity and significance of being a spiritual father.

Price: Complete 50 page reading only $15

Complete 50 page reading:  $15.00
Evagrios the Solitary, On Asceticism and Stillness
Evagrios the Solitary

Evagrios the Solitary, sometimes known as Evagrios Ponticus, was a disciple of the Cappadocian Fathers, ordained reader by St. Basil the Great and deacon by St. Gregory the Theologian. He became a monk of the Egyptian desert, and is the most prolific author of the Desert Fathers. He exercised a tremendous influence on both Eastern and Western monasticism, and four of his writings were included by the Holy Fathers in the 1st Volume of the Philokalia. PNP offers for download Evagrios' treatise: On Asceticism and Stillness. In this beautiful and brief text Evagrios hymns the great virtues of solitude, and provides practical counsels on how to maintain and deepen inner quiet. He addresses issues of diet, personal interactions, clothing, possessions, hospitality, friendship, exile, restlessness, practical handiwork, unavoidable commerce, the contemplation of eternal things, illness, vigils, prayer, and the temptations of over attachment to locality. As a summation of his valuable counsel he writes, "Be like an astute businessman: make stillness your criterion for testing the value of everything, and chose always what contributes to it."

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Evagrios the Solitary, On Prayer: 153 Texts
Evagrius Ponticus
Evagrius the Solitary, sometimes known as Evagrius Ponticus, was a disciple of the Cappadocian Fathers, ordained reader by St. Basil the Great and deacon by St. Gregory the Theologian. He became a monk of the Egyptian desert, and is the most prolific author of the Desert Fathers. He exercised a tremendous influence on both Eastern and Western monasticism, and four of his writings were included by the Holy Fathers in the 1st Volume of the Philokalia. PNP offers for download Evagrius' seminal work On Prayer: 153 Texts as its first installment in the Philokalia Project- an effort to make the entire English Philokalia available in audio format - with permission. more information >
All 4 Tracks:  $8.00
Evagrios the Solitary, Texts on Discrimination
Evagrios the Solitary

Evagrios the Solitary's Texts on Discrimination is a masterful examination of the interior workings of the human heart in its battle for virtue and war against the demonic powers. Evagrios writes from long experience in this war, and provides concrete guidance to the spiritually thirsting who yearn to conquer their vices and turn their hearts more fully to the Lord. This work is composed of 23 distinct texts, begins with a description of the three demons which constitute the "front line" of spiritual assault, and pushes through them to a fuller demonology that unveils the wiles of the Evil One.

All 3 Tracks:  $7.00
Four Hundred Texts on Love
St. Maximos the Confessor
This offering, Four Hundred Texts on Love, is the second installment in the Philokalia Project, and is the most famous of the works of St. Maximos the Confessor. Here St. Maximos expounds the very essence of the Christian life - the way of love. He provides soul nourishment and direction in the imitation of Jesus Christ for both novices and the most experienced believers. This text in the Philokalia has been cherished by believers for over a millennium, and is offered with a special introduction by His Grace, Bishop Maxim, Hierarch of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church and an internationally renowned patristics scholar and Maximologist.  more information >
All 5 Tracks:  $10.00
Homily on the Ascension of the Lord and His Future Advent
St. Philaret of Moscow

The master preacher, St. Philaret of Moscow, here unpacks the deep meaning of the Glorious Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ, one of the mighty and saving acts of the Lord which is so neglected in contemporary theology and preaching. How has the Ascension of the Lord changed our life and world? Listen and you will discover the answer.

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Letter to a Young Widow
By St. John Chrysostom
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Total Listening Time: 41 mins
      
This precious and intimate letter of the great hierarch to a young woman, just 20 years old, on the occasion of her husband's untimely death establishes a beautiful vision for widowed life. Here is a majestic vision of the Kingdom of God and the value of marital love.

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On Guarding the Intellect: Twenty-Seven Texts
St. Isaiah the Solitary

The great battles of the spiritual war are noetic, that is, battles of the mind and heart. In this brief but penetrating text, which opens the majestic patristic literary collection the Church known as the Philokalia, St. Isaiah the Solitary guides the believer in the effort to purify the mind and heart, sanctify and adhere to the conscience, and learn to pray with watchfulness and without distraction born of passions.

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On Providence
St John Chrysostom
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This is a three (3) CD package or online download
Total Listening Time: 3 hours, 14 mins
      
Holy counsel on why a Christian should trust God in every detail of his or her life, and how to do it even in the midst of terrible suffering. This is the first time this treatise is available in the English language
Online Download:  $15.00
Three Audio CD's :  $20.00
On the Causes and Uses of Affliction
By St. Philaret of Moscow
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Total Listening Time: 19 mins
      
One of St. Philaret's masterful homilies on how God's love is expressed for us in our trials and tribulations turning our crosses into triumphs.
Online download :  $5.00
On the Eight Vices
St. John Cassian

This offering, On the Eight Vices, is the third installment in the Philokalia Project, and is a classic spiritual text on the nature of sin and how to overcome it. In this text St. Cassian begins with the most carnal of sins, gluttony, and proceeds to the most spiritual and hideous of all sins, pride. Along the way he unmasks the spirit of fornication, avarice, anger, sadness, acedia, and vainglory. He not only exposes these sins, but provides the believer inspired guidance on how to beat these sins and overcome them in this life. This text in the Philokalia has been cherished by believers for over a millennium, and is narrated for Patristic Nectar Publications by Mr. Jason Covarrubias.

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Online download:  $10.00
On the Holy Fathers of Scetis and on Discrimination
St John Cassian

On the Holy Fathers of Scetis and on Discrimination is a short treatise on the supreme virtue of discrimination or discernment by St. John Cassian as found in the first volume of the English Philokalia. The Philokalic text is a Greek excerpt and summary made by St. Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain from St. Cassian's Latin classic The Conferences. In this beautiful and eminently practical guide for spiritual progress St. John Cassian produces the teaching of the Desert Fathers on the supreme value of discrimation as "the source, root, crown and common bond of all the vritues." Besides explaining how discrimination holds together all spiritual effort in proportion, he offers many practical counsels on how to acquire discernment.

Both Parts:  $5.00
On the Mother and Brethren of Christ: A Homily on the Great Feast of the Holy Nativity of the Theotokos
St. Philaret, Metropolitan of Moscow

On the Mother and Brethren of Christ: A Homily on the Great Feast of the Holy Nativity of the Theotokos by St. Philaret, Metropolitan of Moscow. This sermon is the first of eleven homilies by St. Philaret on the Mother of God that PNP will be making available in the coming months. In these sublime homilies the master-preacher, St. Philaret, unfolds the nature of the intimate relationship that the Mother of God had with her divine Son, and that relationship which she continues to have through her Son with the entire mystical Body of Christ. This homily is available for download for $3.

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Pre-Communion Prayers / Post Communion Prayers from the Liturgikon
Fr Josiah
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Total Listening Time: 27 mins
      
These prayers are essential in the proper preparation for communion, and in the appropriate thanksgiving to be made after reception. In this format these prayers can be utilized by families and individuals driving on the way to and from church.
Online Download :  $7.00
Should Christians Go To Doctors
By St Basil
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Total Listening Time: 28 mins
      
In this age of materialism in which health care and the elongation of physical life have trumped soul care and the quest for eternal life, St. Basil provides direction on how to care for bodily health while remaining committed to seeking first the Kingdom of God and heavenly things. This material is excerpted from the Saint’s Long Rules.
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St. Diadochos of Photiki: On Spiritual Knowledge and Discrimination
St. Diadochos of Photiki

Patristic Nectar Publications presents a century of texts entitled On Spiritual Knowledge and Discrimination by the fifth century master of the spiritual life, St. Diadochos of Photiki. This publication, the latest in our continuing Philokalia project in which PNP is producing a complete audio version of the English Philokalia, is a treasure trove of guidance for deep prayer and the purification of the heart as well as presenting precious pearls on the significance of Holy Baptism, proper discernment of interior evil, and a guide for evaluating dreams.

All 4 Tracks:  $10.00
St. Hesychios the Priest: On Watchfulness and Holiness
St. Hesychios the Priest

This magnificent treatise has been cherished by readers of the Philokalia for its penetrating insight into the working of the human intellect and heart, and for its strategic guidance toward victory in the unseen warfare with the demons. St. Hesychios is a master of the Jesus Prayer, and guides the ascetic practitioner in the process of quieting the heart. This Holy Father holds up the spider as an example for all Christians as it successfully captures and feeds on its prey by practicing stillness. In the same way the Christian struggling to acquire watchfulness can discern the existence of demonic thoughts, apprehend them, and destroy them and the evil spirits behind them by calling upon the Name of Jesus Christ our God.

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All 8 Tracks:  $8.00
St. John of Damascus: On the Virtues and the Vices
St. John of Damascus

"Virtue can only be attained by unremitting effort." So writes the Damascene in this magnificent homily on the virtues and vices. This text provides a succinct summary of the spiritual and bodily senses, as well as the virtues of the soul and body, and the corresponding vices. St. John posits a schema to understand the working of the powers of soul and body, and how to conquer each vice with its corresponding virtue. The "golden seal" of this work is the promise that by excising vice and acquiring virtue the human person, fashioned in the image of God, will attain to the likeness of God for which he was originally created. This text builds on the foundational works of Evagrios, St. Mark the Ascetic, St. Maximos and probably also St. John of Sinai.

Online Download:  $5.00
St. Mark the Ascetic: No Righteousness by Works
St. Mark the Ascetic

"Sell everything and buy Mark!" (From a 14th century manuscript of St. Mark's works).  Such is what believers have thought about the value of St. Mark's works for the development of Christian piety over the centuries. This classic, On Those Who Think That They are Made Righteous by Works: 226 Texts, is the 2nd part of the Saint's most famous work- and is traditionally produced with On the Spiritual Law (offered last month by PNP). This collection of 226 potent texts provide practical spiritual guidance on how to cultivate true Christian virtue.

All 5 tracks:  $8.00
St. Mark the Ascetic: On the Spiritual Law - 200 Texts
St. Mark the Ascetic

"Sell everything and buy Mark!" This phrase found on a 14th century manuscript of St. Mark's works represents how precious his writings have been considered by believers for over a millennium. On the Spiritual Law: 200 Texts by St. Mark the Ascetic is the 6th offering in the Philokalia series. St. Mark the Ascetic, also known as Mark the Monk or Mark the Hermit, is a remarkable theologian and spiritual counselor. Eleven of his works are extant in the patristic tradition, and three of them were placed in the Philokalia. This work, On the Spiritual Law, was considered a gateway to the spiritual life by St. Symeon the New Theologian. Following the genre of "chapters" established by Evagrius the Solitary, St. Mark writes On the Spiritual Law in 200 brief chapters, designed for memorization. This work, together with its companion piece - On Those Who Think that They are Made Righteous by Works: 226 Texts - are St. Mark's most famous works.

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St. Nikephoros the Monk, On Watchfulness and the Guarding of the Heart
St. Nikephoros the Monk

St Nikephoros the Hesychast is known to us from the life of St Gregory Palamas. The saint was a convert from Roman Catholicism, and opposed the false-union policies of Emperor Michael VIII Palaeologos in the 13th century. St. Nikephoros settled on Mt. Athos, and became renowned for writing On Watchfulness and the Guarding of the Heart. This beautiful text is usually the first text recommended to beginners when setting off to read the Philokalia. It is an anthology of quotations from earlier holy fathers, such as Sts Anthony and Macarius the Great, St John of Sinai, and St Symeon the New Theologian. St. Nikephoros calls upon the aspirant to take custody of his mind, and seek to unite the mind with the heart by the use of the Jesus Prayer. By this, St. Nikephoros affirms, all the other virtues will arise.

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St. Thalassios the Libyan: On Love, Self-Control and Life in accordance with the Intellect
St. Thalassios the Libyan

This beautiful collection of 400 aphorisms on love, self-control and life in accord with the intellect is the only extant work of St. Thalassios, the Libyan abbot, close confidant of St. Maximos the Confessor, and the recipient of several of St. Maximos' theological treatises and personal letters. These sage and pithy teachings are full of precious wisdom for the development of a sturdy spiritual life and a fruit-bearing rule of prayer. St. Thalassios writes, "Maintain a regular level of ascetic practice and do not break your rule unless forced to do so. You will not find the rigours of ascetic life hard to bear if you do all things with measure and by rule." The saint's advice has many applications for contemporary urban Christians who want a deeper life with Christ. This treatise is found in Volume 2 of the Philokalia.

All 5 Tracks:  $5.00
The Life of St. Mary of Egypt
St. Sophronios
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Total Listening Time: 42 mins
      
This life of St. Mary, written by St. Sophronios, Patriarch of Jerusalem, is read in the 5th Week of Great Lent each year. The life of St. Mary bears witness to the immeasurably grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the great power of repentance.
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The Life of St. Photios the Great
By Fr Josiah
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Total Listening Time: 66 mins
      
St. Photios the Great, 9th century Patriarch of Constantinople, is known by the Church as one of the "Pillars of Orthodoxy." This holy hierarch, a man aflame with prayer, an illumined intelligence, and a churchliness which served his generation and those since as a touchstone of Holy Orthodoxy, is a model hierarch. He was also a magnificent missionary, and the scourge of the papal promoters of the filioque heresy and papal primacy. His light shines as brightly today as it did twelve centuries ago. This life of St. Photios was written by the recently glorified saint of Serbia, Justin (Popovich) of Chilije.
Online Download :  $12.00