Contemporary Orthodox Elders
Patristic Nectar Publications is pleased to present a seven part lecture series entitled : Contemporary Orthodox Elders. This series by Father Josiah seeks to unfold the nature of spiritual direction and eldership in the Church, and examines the lives of influential elders who have served Christ and who are either still living or have reposed in the Lord within the last 50 years. Each of the seven presentations surveys the life and teaching of one particular elder. These great elders from Romania, Greece, England and America are majestic love gifts from the reigning Christ to His Flock on earth, and their radiant witness serves as a clear guide for all who wish to enter into the Kingdom of God.
First lecture is free.
All 7 Elders: $20.00
Father Epiphanios of Athens: $0.00
St. Porphyrios of Attica: $4.00
Father Sophrony of Essex: $4.00
Father Cleopa of Sihastria: $4.00
Father Aimilianos of Simonopetra: $4.00
St. Paisios of Mt. Athos: $4.00
Father Ephraim of Arizona: $4.00
Holy Orthodoxy and Abortion
Bishop Basil of Wichita
Each year in January the Orthodox Church in America commemorates the Sanctify of Life. This is done each year around the date of the infamous Supreme Court decision of January 22nd, 1973, Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion in America. Since that time the lives of some 60 million unborn children have been sacrificed on the altar of "a woman's right to choose". Each year in our nation more and more citizens are rising up against this barbarism, gathering throughout the country to peacefully protest, and many bishops and priests are speaking out against the abortion holocaust in their parishes, dioceses, and publicly. The sermon you are about to hear was delivered by His Grace, Basil, Bishop of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese in North America. Bishop Basil serves as the Secretary of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops in the United States. It is a stentorian call to the defense of unborn life, and a model homily for clergy desirous of preaching on the sanctity of life. Patristic Nectar Publications offers this homily with the blessing of its author.
Prayer of the Heart in an Age of Technology and Distractions
Father Maximos is the Presidential Research Scholar at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA. He is an Athonite monk, one-time Professor at Harvard Divinity School, accomplished author and translator, and lectures internationally in both academic and parochial venues.
All 7 Lectures: $20.00
Lecture 1: Introductory Remarks on Prayer: $0.00
Lecture 2: Distractions: $4.00
Lecture 3: History of the Philokalia: $4.00
Lecture 4: The Buried Seed: $4.00
Lecture 5: The Practicing the Jesus Prayer: $4.00
Lecture 6: Logismoi - Taking Custody of Your Thoughts: $4.00
Lecture 7: Prayer of the Heart: $4.00
A Heart for God: Lessons from the Life of the Holy King and Prophet David
Christians are indebted to no one in the Old Testament more than to the Holy Prophet and King, David. He alone, amongst all the believers in the ancient covenant, is described by the Lord as having a “heart for God.” David’s sin, in infamy 2nd only to that of Adam, has been meditated upon by believers, as has David’s deep repentance- which has provided an image for countless penitents to imitate over the centuries in order to find peace with God. In these ten lectures Father Josiah surveys the entire life of King David- from his early rise as a humble shepherd, to his years in hiding from Saul, to the magnificent covenant that God cut with him which provided the prism through which believers have come to understand He Who is the ultimate Son of David, the true King of Kings who reigns on David’s throne at the right hand of the Father; the one’s whose heart is gentle and perfect: Jesus Christ the Lord.
All ten lectures are available for download for $20 (or individually for $3 each)…lecture 1 is free for download.
All 10 Lectures: $20.00
Lecture # 1 The Rise of a Humble Shepherd: $0.00
Lecture # 2 Killing Giants: David and Goliath: $3.00
Lecture # 3 Hunted: David and Saul: $3.00
Lecture # 4 Soul Friendship: David and Jonathan: $3.00
Lecture # 5 Davidic Covenant and Coronation: $3.00
Lecture # 6 The Wars of the King: $3.00
Lecture # 7 Sin and Repentance: $3.00
Lecture # 8 Suffering in Family and Kingdom: $3.00
Lecture # 9 The Sweet Psalmist of Israel: $3.00
Lecture # 10 The Last Days of the King: $3.00
Loving God Without Fear
Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg), Ph.D.
Loving God Without Fear is a free three part lecture series by Father Irenei (Steenberg), Ph.D., author of “The Beginnings of a Life of Prayer”. Father Irenei, a onetime fellow of Oxford University and Chair of Theology and Religious Studies at Leeds in the United Kingdom, is currently director of the Ss. Cyril and Athanasius Institute for Orthodox Studies and an Archimandrite in the Western American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church in America.more information >
All 3 Lectures: $0.00
The Desert Fathers
The Desert Fathers hold a foundational place in the Church's understanding of the authentic Christian life. The Desert Fathers and Mothers are the world's "true evangelicals"...those whose lives were completely formed by the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. The contours of their lives demonstrate the freedom that Jesus Christ gives to His followers who take Him at His word and submit all to His cause. In the recesses of the Egyptian desert these saints possessed life, and that abundantly. From the Gospel explosion, which was St. Antony's life written by St. Athanasios the Great, through several hundred years of Saints populating the deserts of Egypt, Syria, Palestine, and even Persia, Gaul, Britain and Ireland the Desert Fathers have provided a touchstone by which all future generations are able to measure Christian virtue. The principles of spiritual life expressed in their lives and sayings continue to inspire devotion to the Holy Trinity today. These five lectures are offered as an introduction to the lives and teachings of the Desert Saints, and with the hope that they will inspire further study in the Evergetinos.
All 5 Lectures: $10.00
Lecture 1 The Desert Fathers as Paradigms of Christian Living (Free Download): $0.00
Healing Our Diseases: The Church as a Spiritual Hospital
Healing Our Diseases: The Church as a Spiritual Hospital" is a ten part lecture series dedicated to a close examination of the therapeutic nature of the Christian faith according to the teachings of the Holy Scriptures and the Church Fathers. This series begins with a lecture entitled Jesus Christ the Healer, and continues with lectures dedicated to "Sin as a Disease," "The Church as a Spiritual Hospital", and "The Spiritual Father as a Physician of the Soul." The last six lectures are dedicated to the diagnosis and recommended treatment plan for six common spiritual pathologies: self-love, anger, gluttony, despondency, avarice, and pride. In this series Holy Orthodoxy is revealed for what it is at its heart: a means for acquiring divine power and grace for the healing of our diseases of soul and body, and not a barren ideology.more information >
All 10 Lectures: $20.00
Lecture 1- Jesus Christ the Healer: $0.00
Lecture 2- Sin as a Disease: $3.00
Lecture 3- The Church as a Spiritual Hospital: $3.00
Lecture 4- The Spiritual Father as a Physician of the Soul: $3.00
Lecture 5- Overcoming the Disease of Self Love: $3.00
Lecture 6- Overcoming the Disease of Anger: $3.00
Lecture 7- Overcoming the Disease of Despondency: $3.00
Lecture 8- Overcoming the Disease of Gluttony: $3.00
Lecture 9- Overcoming the Disease of Avarice: $3.00
Lecture 10- Overcoming the Disease of Pride: $3.00
An Orthodox Catechism
An Orthodox Catechism is a two part series developed by Fr. Josiah to provide a broad introduction to Orthodox Christianity. The sixteen lectures in this series have been utilized in parish practice over the course of almost two decades to prepare more than 300 catechumens for reception into the Orthodox Church as well as enrich Orthodox individuals who wished to learn more about the basic tenets of their faith.
Not having an official Orthodox Catechism in the English language, many parishes and pastors scramble to put together a basic catechism that will adequately expose the inquirer and catechumen to the contours of Orthodox faith and life. It is hoped that this series will aid priests and parishes in preparing catechumens to be received into the Church, as well as edify Orthodox individuals seeking a better understanding of their faith.
For those seeking to become Orthodox, Catechism is a process of full-orbed Christian formation in which the Orthodox Christian life is inculcated in the learner through participation in divine services, prayer, study, community assimilation, and practice. At the heart of the catechetical process are the catechetical lectures delivered to the catechumens by the priest or the catechist. It is toward this goal of providing a usable introduction to Holy Orthodoxy that the sixteen lectures entitled An Orthodox Catechism have been developed by Fr. Josiah.
These sixteen lectures are presented to catechumens in two parts. Part One: God, Man, Church are eight lectures traditionally delivered during the Nativity Fast. Part Two: The Holy Mysteries are eight lectures delivered during the Great Lent as catechumens are being prepared for reception into the Church on Great and Holy Saturday.
Lectures included in Part One: God, Man, Church:
Lectures included in Part Two: The Holy Mysteries:
Purchase Part One and Part Two together for $35
Purchase Part One or Part Two individually for $25 each
All Lectures - both Part 1 and Part 2: $35.00
All Lectures - Part 1 only: $25.00
Part 1 / Lecture 1: The True God: $0.00
Part 1 / Lecture 2: The Human Being: $3.00
Part 1 / Lecture 3: Sin: $3.00
Part 1 / Lecture 4: Jesus Christ, the Son of God: $3.00
Part 1 / Lecture 5: Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World: $3.00
Part 1 / Lecture 6: Repentence and Faith: $3.00
Part 1 / Lecture 7: The Holy Spirit: $3.00
Part 1 / Lecture 8: The Church and the Mother of God: $3.00
All Lectures - Part 2 only: $25.00
Part 2 / Lecture 1: The Mystery of Holy Baptism: $0.00
Part 2 / Lecture 2: The Mystery of Holy Chrismation: $3.00
Part 2 / Lecture 3: The Mystery of the Holy Eucharist: $3.00
Part 2 / Lecture 4: The Mystery of Holy Confession: $3.00
Part 2 / Lecture 5: The Mystery of the Holy Priesthood: $3.00
Part 2 / Lecture 6: The Mystery of Holy Matrimony: $3.00
Part 2 / Lecture 7: The Mystery of Holy Unction: $3.00
Part 2 / Lecture 8: The Mystery of Death & the Funeral: $3.00
Soul Cleansing: The Mystery of Confession
Soul Cleansing: The Mystery of Confession is a five lecture series in which the Holy Sacrament of Confession is examined from many angles: theological and practical. The five lectures are entitled: The Meaning and Institution of Confession; Preparation for Confession: The Importance of Self-Examination; Spiritual Medicine: The Curative Power of Penance; The Father Confessor; and Answers to Objections. Confession regenerates the human soul, and is the milieu in which "the rubber meets the road" in Christian transformation. The confessed life is a life that is filled with the love of God, and the joy of change for the better. The embrace of regular and heart-felt confession can open the door to God's Kingdom for us all.
All 5 Lectures: $10.00
Lecture 1: $0.00
The Beatitudes, or the blessings, pronounced by our Lord Jesus Christ upon His faithful followers constitute the opening salvo in our Savior’s most famous teaching: The Sermon on the Mount. In these eight lectures each beatitude, one by one, is unveiled revealing the universal character of an authentic Christian. Those who inculcate these sacred dispositions manifest the face of Jesus Christ to the world. By incarnating the qualities of Jesus Christ our Savior, that is, poverty of spirit, mourning, gentleness, hunger and thirst for righteousness, mercy, purity of heart, peacemaking, and the joyful acceptance of persecution - believers become the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We hope you will be greatly challenged and inspired by these lessons on authentic Christian character, the kind of character that manifests the presence of the Kingdom of God on the earth.
All 8 Lectures: $20.00
Lecture 1 Blessed are the Poor in Spirit: $0.00
Lecture 2 Blessed Are Those Who Mourn: $3.00
Lecture 3 Blessed are the Meek: $3.00
Lecture 4 Blessed are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness: $3.00
Lecture 5 Blessed are the Merciful: $3.00
Lecture 6 Blessed are the Pure in Heart: $3.00
Lecture 7 Blessed are the Peacemakers: $3.00
Lecture 8 Blessed are the Persecuted: $3.00
C. S. Lewis: Advice on Faithful Christian Living in a Secular Age
Father Andrew Cuneo
November 22nd, 2013 was the 50th anniversary of the repose of C. S. Lewis. Oxford and Cambridge Universities held commemorative colloquia. Westminster Abbey unveiled a memorial to Lewis in Poet's Corner. Memorials were held throughout the world. Father Andrew Cuneo, an Orthodox Christian scholar-pastor, completed the first and only Oxford doctorate on the subject of C. S. Lewis. In this lecture that follows, delivered as the keynote address at the annual St. Andrew Banquet in Riverside, Ca., Fr. Andrew unveils Lewis' edifying counsel on fidelity to Christ when the culture has abandoned God.more information >
Orthodox Unity: Overcoming the Curse of Jurisdictionalism
by Fr. Josiah Trenham
This lecture by Fr Josiah has been delivered in various venues throughout the country and an earlier version of the lecture was published in the St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly (Vol. 50, No. 3, 2006). The lecture is a theological commentary on the un-canonical arrangement of the Orthodox Church. It is a honest and bold attempt to articulate the evils of jurisdictionalism, and a call to canonically normalize post-haste before further negative consequences afflict the life of the Church in America.
A Conversation on the Philokalia with Special Guest, Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware)
In this 35 minute face-to-face video interview Fr. Josiah discusses the sacred Orthodox spiritual texts known as The Philokalia with one of the three translators of the Philokalia into English and the only one still living: His Eminence, Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware). Metropolitan Kallistos is a leading authority on the Philokalia, and will introduce the listener to its riches as well as revealing behind the scenes information about the English translation itself.
Orthodox Theology in America Today
Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg)
We are pleased to offer the following interview with Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg) entitled "Orthodox Theology in America Today." Father Irenei is the pastor of the St. Tikhon Church (ROCOR) in San Francisco, an internationally recognized scholar of patristics, former head of the Dept. of Theology at the University of Leeds (UK), founder and director of the patristics site www.monachos.net, prolific author, and director of the Ss. Cyril and Athanasius Orthodox Institute.more information >
Taking Every Thought Captive to the Obedience of Christ: Reflections on Multiculturalism and Feminism in Antichrist Culture
By Fr Josiah
Father Josiah Trenham speaks about holding every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. His speech was delivered at a retreat at Holy Cross Orthodox Church In Yakima, Washington on the weekend of December 9-11, 2011.
Islamic Sharia Law in America: An Orthodox Christian Perspective
By Fr Josiah
This is a 72 minute long lecture given at the St. Barbara Orthodox Monastery in Santa Paula, Ca. The lecture provides a general survey of what Christian life is like under Islamic rule for the past 14 centuries and the current judicial and financial trends in the West today. This lecture reflects upon the growing intersection between Islam and the West, with a special focus on the Islamic request of Western governments to be governed by Islamic Sharia law instead of Western law. What is Sharia law? Why are Muslims asking for it to be applied in the West, and how should Americans respond? Why are Muslims in the West forming a growing Islamic identity instead of assimilating to their new countries?
God's Statesmen: Pious Christian Kings
By Fr Josiah
The 8 lecture series God's Statesmen: Pious Christian Kings is a presentation of the lives of eight saintly Kings of the first Christian millennium: Ss. Constantine the Great, Theodosios I, Justinian the Great, Alfred the Great, Boris of Bulgaria, Vladimir of Kiev, Stephen of Bulgaria, and Edward the Confessor of England. These kings established a model of godly political rule for Christendom, and continue to provide a shining witness of faith in Jesus Christ. In the political realm corruption is so often the norm, but these great kings of the past demonstrate that holiness is possible even in politics. By the example of these kings Christians are able to gauge what is really valuable in a political leader.
The first lecture, St. Constantine The Great, is a complimentary gift and available below.
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Part 1: Holy Emperor St Constantine the Great: $0.00
Part 2: Holy Emperor St Theodosios I: $1.99
Part 3: Holy Emperor St Justinian the Great: $1.99
Part 4: King St Alfred the Great : $1.99
Part 5: St. Boris of Bulgaria : $1.99
Part 6: St. Vladimir: Grand Prince of Kiev : $1.99
Part 7: St. Stephen, King of Hungary : $1.99
Part 8: St. Edward the Confessor : $1.99
Do This and You Shall Live: An Exposition of the Ten Commandments for the 21st Century
This ten lecture series is designed to show how the Law of God directs all people to Christ, manifests His beauty and holiness, and reveals God's will for His people in every place and time. In these lectures twenty fundamental theological principles concerning God's Law are expounded, each of the Ten Commandments is explained in its original meaning and contemporary application, and special emphasis is given to the unique challenges faced by 21st century believers, who dwell in a post-Christian and secularized context. Download Lecture 1 for free below.
All 10 Commandments : $15.00
The 1st Commandment: $0.00
The 2nd Commandment : $2.00
The 3rd Commandment : $2.00
The 4th Commandment : $2.00
The 5th Commandment : $2.00
The 6th Commandment : $2.00
The 7th Commandment : $2.00
The 8th Commandment : $2.00
The 9th Commandment : $2.00
The 10th Commandment : $2.00
The Doctrines of Demons: A History of Early Heresy
By Fr Josiah
In this series of 7 lectures, Father Josiah examines the major heresies of the first four centuries of Christian history, explaining the mind of the Church about the errors of each heresy, commenting upon how each heresy survives in some form today, and articulating the true faith in contrast.
The first lecture (available at no charge), Heresy according to the Scriptures and the Church Fathers, is the introductory lecture in a seven-part lecture series entitled The Doctrines of Demons: A History of Early Heresies. This initial lecture provides our listeners with a theological overview of the concept of heresy according to the Scriptures and the Holy Fathers of the Church. As the Christian faith is the greatest good on the earth, so heresy is the greatest evil in the world leading to the everlasting ruin of human persons. As the Christian faith enlightens mankind through the preaching of the Gospel, the true faith at the same time exposes error and heresy, castigating it as such in order to protect the faithful from harm and recalling those who have sadly embraced the doctrines of demons. This complimentary gift is available below.
The remaining lectures, 2 through 7 can be purchased for $1.99/each, or all 7 for
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Lecture 1: Heresy according to the Scriptures and the Church Fathers: $0.00
Lecture 2: Early Judaizing and Gnostic Heresies: $1.99
Lecture 3: The Heresy of Arianism: $1.99
Lecture 4: The Heresy of Donatism: $1.99
Lecture 5: The Heresy of Pelagianism: $1.99
Lecture 6: The Heresy of Manicheanism: $1.99
Lecture 7: The Heresy of Jovianism & Heresies concerning Marriage and Virginity: $1.99
Orthodox Worship and the Divine Liturgy
By Fr Josiah
This series of 10 lectures propounds the fundamental theological principles which underline Orthodox Christian worship, and then unpacks the mysteries of the Holy Liturgy with patristic commentary. The first lecture titled, "Fundamental Truths Of Orthodox Worship" covers the 25 foundational principles of traditional Christian worship derived from the Holy Scripture and the unbroken traditions of the Church. This complimentary gift is available below. The remaining lectures, 2 through 10 can be purchased for $1.99/each, or all 10 for $18 $15, and are available online as shown below.
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Lecture 1: "Fundamental Truths of Orthodox Worship" (Free online download): $0.00
Lecture 2: "Preparation for the Holy Liturgy and The Prothesis" (online download) : $1.99
Lecture 3: "The Great Litany, the Amen, and the Antiphons”- The Liturgy of the Catechumens Pt. 1 (online download) : $1.99
Lecture 4: "Hesychia, the Little Entrance, Readings, and Homily” - The Liturgy of the Catechumens Pt. 2 (online download) : $1.99
Lecture 5: "The Catechumens, the Cherubic Hymn, and the Great Entrance”- The Liturgy of the Faithful Pt. 1 (online download) : $1.99
Lecture 6: "The Angel of Peace, the Kiss of Love, and the Creed”- The Liturgy of the Faithful Pt. 2 (online download) : $1.99
Lecture 7: “The Holy Anaphora- The Holy of Holies of the Divine Liturgy”- The Liturgy of the Faithful Pt. 3 (online download) : $1.99
Lecture 8: “The Memory of the Saints, the Diptychs, and the Our Father””- The Liturgy of the Faithful Pt. 4 (online download) : $1.99
Lecture 9: "Holy Things are for the Holy- Holy Communion”- The Liturgy of the Faithful Pt. 5 (online download) : $1.99
Lecture 10: "Let us go forth in peace- The Dismissal”- The Liturgy of the Faithful Pt. 6 (online download) : $1.99