Tuesday, 25 October 2016 22:17

News Update from Our Bookstore

NEW IN THE BOOKSTORE

 

The Jesus Prayer and its Application
by Archim Arsenios Katerelos

The new book titled «The Jesus Prayer and its application», by the respected and beloved Elder, Arsenios Katerelos – a very familiar Spiritual Father, Preacher and author in our Homeland – constitutes an invaluable aid for a Christian’s introduction to the art of the precious “Jesus Prayer”. The Archimandrite Elder Arsenios has deposited the sacred experiences and the teachings of the Elders, Saint Paisios the Hagiorite and Isaac the Lebanese, near whom he had learnt the monk’s way of life, enriched with the teaching of the holy Fathers, but also with the discretion that has been based on his own hesychastic experience.

 

Spiritual Counsels V: Passions and Virtues
by Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

The Holy Hesychasterion of the Evangelist John the Theologian in Souroti, Greece, has released the fifth volume in a series on the teachings of Elder Paisios of Mt. Athos. As in previous volumes, this one is written in the question/answer format and contains the Elder’s wisdom along with colorful and practical examples from everyday life.

Here is a brief outline as contained in the book’s Introduction:

Passions: Part 1: Self-love (the ‘Mother of all Passions’)

Part 2: Pride (the passion which cast man out of Paradise)

Part 3: Judging Others (from pride, which is distorted and full of injustice)

Part 4: Envy, Anger and Sorrow

Virtues: Part 1: Humility (the exalted virtue on which all others depend)

Part 2: Love (for God, our fellow man and all creation)

Part 3: Nobility and philotimo [thankful and selfless love for God and others]

Part 4: Simplicity, faith, spiritual joy and discernment

Of the virtues discussed, spiritual joy stands out in that is effects ourselves and others and motivates us to struggle even harder for the Lord:

“In order to reach the state wherein you cannot contain the joy, nor express it, you need to be vigilant about three things: act simply; don’t overly occupy yourself with others; say the Jesus Prayer. If you do these things, the time will come when you will feel so much joy you will tell me ‘My Little Grandpa, I have gone crazy…what is this I’m feeling?’”

Because Elder Paisios draws on his experiences of living ‘in the world’ (carpenter, military radio operator) as well as what he learned from his interaction with people ‘living in the world’ who came to him for help, his words are easy for us to understand and accept. His style is disarming and practical, not ‘preachy’, intellectual or distant. He does not try to make everyone a monk but rather a humble, spiritual person who loves God and strives to know and keep His commandments.

THE OTHER 4 VOLUMES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE BOOKSTORE:

  • With Pain & Love
  • Family Life
  • Spiritual Awakening
  • Spiritual Struggle

 

Christian Morality
by St. Nicodemos the Hagiorite

St. Nicodemos the Hagiorite (1749-1809) is best known, together with St. Macarios of Corinth, for two of the greatest collections of spiritual and mystical writings in the Orthodox Church, The Philokalia and The Evergetinos, as well as his compilation of Church Canons, The Rudder. However, many scholars and religious writers consider his Χρηστοήθεια, a treatise on Christian morality, his finest work, both from the standpoint of its refined style and with regard to its meticulous discussion of Christian ethics and morals, which he draws from Scripture, the Church’s canonical and Patristic witness, the spiritual precepts underlying its hagiography, hymnography, and iconography, and the highest philosophical traditions of the ancients. The annotated translation of the book and a useful index, coming from translators who also worked on the first complete English translation of the four volumes of the Greek text of The Evergetinos, are complemented by a beautiful cover and handsome, two-color printing on fine, acid-free paper.

 

COMING SOON

 

Tears of Repentance
by Athanasios Katigas

Athanasios Katigas of Sykies (suburb of Thessaloniki, Greece), answered the divine call to a life of repentance after the fervent prayers of his quadriplegic childhood friend Savvas, and the sound instruction of a lay preacher, Panagiotis Panagiotides. Thanasi used the therapeutic discipline of our Church, to free himself from the nets of human passions by practicing strict obedience under his seasoned spiritual father Triantafyllos Xeros. Thanasi's love for Christ did not permit him to leave our Lord at home (as most of us do), but he took Him along on his daily route as a Cab driver. Thanasi's zeal for the word of God initiated hundreds of spiritual conversations, awakenings and transformations in his cab, with clients from all walks of life. Thanasi's genuine simplicity, a simplicity likened to the fishermen of Galilee served as pure oxygen for hundreds of souls that shared the space of his taxi, some battered and gasping for air from the oxidants of the secular lifestyle. In "The Tears of Repentance", printed multiple times in Greece, and hailed by dozens of Bishops, Thanasi relives some of the most intriguing personal and life changing encounters in his 25 year taxi career.

The translation rights were assigned to St. Nicodemos Publications and by the joined effort of Fr. N. Palis/C.Zalalas and not a few volunteers, the Anglophone readers will highly rejoice and find much encouragement in their own journey by contemplating on the power of Christ's word who often bypasses trained theologians "choosing the foolish things in the world to shame the wise" (Cf. 1 Cor. 1:27).

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