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Extracts from the Texts on Watchfulness
Evagrios the Solitary
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A very short reading – five paragraphs by Evagrios the Solitary on watchfulness.

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Track 1: $1.00
On the Character of Men and the Virtuous Life - 170 Texts. A Work Attributed to St. Antony the Great
St. Antony the Great
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This magnificent text appointed by St. Nikodemos as the first work in the Philokalia was considered by St. Nicodemos to be authored by St. Antony while most Philokalic scholars today consider it to be of Stoic-Platonic provenance. As such it serves in its content and placement as a transitional piece between the best of Hellenic philosophy and asceticism and the burgeoning Christian asceticism of the 4th and following centuries.

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2 Tracks: $10.00
An Address on Vainglory and the Proper Upbringing of Children
St. John Chrysostom
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This text 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.

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An Address on Vainglory and the Proper Upbringing of Children: $10.00
Combo Special! 1) The Antichrist and Signs of the End of the World and 2) The Soul After Death
St. John of San Francisco
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In part one the saint distills for us the essential eschatological teachings concerning those events that are to unfold just prior to the Return of our Lord Jesus Christ in glory.  In part two is an illuminating sermon on the movement of the human soul after death.  St. John penetrates the mystery which enshrouds death, avoiding both the Latin error of purgatory on the one hand, and the Protestant error of instantaneous glorification on the other hand. He presents us with a simple explanation of the reason that Orthodox Christians pray for the departed as we do.

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Parts 1 and 2: $7.00
Combo Special! 1) Marriage: The Great Sacrament and 2) On Holy Virginity
Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra & St. Philaret of Moscow
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Part 1: Marriage: The Great Sacrament
The great Athonite elder, Aimilianos of Simonopetra, delivered this lecture on marriage as a young abbot. Here, from the heart and pen of one of the most influential monks of modern times, we have, perhaps, the most beautiful description of the married life ever written. Listeners will find their hearts enthralled and their vision for married life greatly expanded by this lecture.
      
Part 2: On Holy Virginity
St. Philaret is certainly one of the greatest Orthodox preachers of the last several centuries. In this homily we have a classic patristic presentation on the supremacy and glory of the state of consecrated celibacy, presented with the stature and cogency of the great and holy Fathers. This work is a mighty antidote to the anti-monastic and pleasure-loving disease in which contemporary man swims. This offering is included in the Ten Marian Homilies of St. Philaret and is reproduced here.

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Parts 1 and 2: $7.00
Homily on the Ascension of the Lord and His Future Advent
St. Philaret of Moscow
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The master preacher, St. Philaret of Moscow, 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.

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Homily on the Ascension of the Lord and His Future Advent: $3.00
Letter to a Young Widow
St. John Chrysostom
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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.

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Letter to a Young Widow: $7.00
On Providence
St. John Chrysostom
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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.

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All 63 Tracks: $15.00
On the Causes and Uses of Affliction
St. Philaret of Moscow
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A masterful homily by St. Philaret on how God's love is expressed for us in our trials and tribulations turning our crosses into triumphs.

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On the Causes and Uses of Affliction: $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
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In this sublime homily, 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.

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On the Mother and Brethren of Christ: $3.00
Pre-Communion Prayers / Post Communion Prayers from the Liturgikon
Father Josiah Trenham
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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.

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Pre-Communion Prayers / Post Communion Prayers: $7.00
Should Christians Go To Doctors
St. Basil the Great
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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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Should Christians Go To Doctors: $5.00
Ten Homilies on the Holy Virgin Mary
St. Philaret, Metropolitan of Moscow
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St. Philaret unfolds the unspeakable beauty and faith of the Holy Virgin Mary, and is not shy to posit difficult questions that non-Orthodox persons ask about our devotion to Our Lady. He provides penetrating answers from the text of Holy Scripture, and does so always with a single eye on the edification of the soul. The listener will feast royally on these homilies.

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All 10 Homilies: $20.00
Homily 1 - The Mother and Brethren of Christ - A Homily on the Nativity of the Mother of God: $3.00
Homily 2 - On Holy Virginity - A Homily on the Feast of the Presentation of the Mother of God: $3.00
Homily 3 - On the Necessity of the Incarnation - A Homily on the Feast of the Annunciation: $3.00
Homily 4 - On Obedience - A Homily on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God: $3.00
Homily 5 - On Silence - A Homily on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God: $3.00
Homily 6 - On Trial - A Homily on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God: $3.00
Homily 7 - The Foundation of God - A Homily on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God: $3.00
Homily 8 - On Grace - A Homily on the Dormition of the Mother of God: $3.00
Homily 9 - The Virgin Blessed by All Generations - A Homily on the Dormition of the Mother of God: $3.00
Homily 10 - On the Secret Grace of the Virgin - A Homily on the Dormition of the Mother of God: $3.00
The Life of St. Mary of Egypt
St. Sophronios
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The life of St. Mary bears witness to the immeasurably grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the great power of repentance. This life of St. Mary, written by St. Sophronios, Patriarch of Jerusalem, is read in the 5th Week of Great Lent each year.

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The Life of St. Mary of Egypt: $5.00
The Life of St. Photios the Great
Father Josiah Trenham
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St. Photios, the Great, 9th century Patriarch of Constantinople is known by the Church as one of the "Pillars of Orthodoxy" and 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.

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The Life of St. Photios the Great: $12.00
A Discourse on Abba Philimon
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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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A Discourse on Abba Philimon: $3.00
Ascetic Discourse by St. Neilos the Ascetic
St. Neilos the Ascetic
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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.

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Complete 50 page reading: $15.00
Evagrios the Solitary, On Asceticism and Stillness
Evagrios the Solitary
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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 choose always what contributes to it." 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.

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Evagrios the Solitary, On Prayer: 153 Texts
Evagrius Ponticus
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He 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.

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All 4 Tracks: $8.00
Evagrios the Solitary, Texts on Discrimination
Evagrios the Solitary
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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.

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All 3 Tracks: $7.00
Extracts from the Texts on Watchfulness
Evagrios the Solitary
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A very short reading – five paragraphs by Evagrios the Solitary on watchfulness.

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Four Hundred Texts on Love
St. Maximos the Confessor
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Four Hundred Texts on Love is the most famous of the works of St. Maximos the Confessor. 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.

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All 5 Tracks: $10.00
Letter to Nicolas the Solitary
St. Mark the Ascetic
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Written to a young and zealous Christian by St. Mark the Ascetic after he himself had retired to the desert, it focuses upon the method to defeat what St. Mark calls "the three giants of the demonic Philistines": ignorance, forgetfulness, and laziness. St. Mark provides the antidote to these core vices in the medicine of mindfulness of God, real spiritual knowledge, and true ardor. This text is full of practical wisdom for cultivating prayer, and especially is a treasure trove of counsel on how to develop an unceasing spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving so that the Christian might learn to say at all times with the Psalmist, "What shall I give to the Lord in return for all His benefits towards me?"

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On Guarding the Intellect: Twenty-Seven Texts
St. Isaiah the Solitary
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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 Guarding the Intellect: $5.00
On the Character of Men and the Virtuous Life - 170 Texts. A Work Attributed to St. Antony the Great
St. Antony the Great
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This magnificent text appointed by St. Nikodemos as the first work in the Philokalia was considered by St. Nicodemos to be authored by St. Antony while most Philokalic scholars today consider it to be of Stoic-Platonic provenance. As such it serves in its content and placement as a transitional piece between the best of Hellenic philosophy and asceticism and the burgeoning Christian asceticism of the 4th and following centuries.

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2 Tracks: $10.00
On the Eight Vices
St. John Cassian
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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.

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On the Eight Vices: $10.00
On the Holy Fathers of Scetis and on Discrimination
St John Cassian
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Besides explaining how discrimination holds together all spiritual effort in proportion, he offers many practical counsels on how to acquire discernment. This Philokalia 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 discrimination as "the source, root, crown and common bond of all the virtues." Besides explaining how discrimination holds together all spiritual effort in proportion, he offers many practical counsels on how to acquire discernment.

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St. Diadochos of Photiki: On Spiritual Knowledge and Discrimination
St. Diadochos of Photiki
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This text 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.

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

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2 Tracks: $5.00
St. Mark the Ascetic: No Righteousness by Works
St. Mark the Ascetic
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This classic is the 2nd part of the Saint's most famous work, “On the Spiritual Law”. This collection of 226 potent texts provide practical spiritual guidance on how to cultivate true Christian virtue.

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All 5 tracks: $8.00
St. Mark the Ascetic: On the Spiritual Law - 200 Texts
St. Mark the Ascetic
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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 – “No Righteous by Work” - 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
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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. 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.

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All 3 Tracks: $7.00
St. Thalassios the Libyan: On Love, Self-Control and Life in accordance with the Intellect
St. Thalassios the Libyan
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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 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. This treatise is found in Volume 2 of the Philokalia.

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All 5 Tracks: $5.00

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