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The Ladder of Divine Ascent, or Ladder of Paradise , is an important ascetical treatise for monasticism in Eastern Christianity written by St. John Climacus in ca. AD 600. The Ladder of Divine Ascent, which obtained an immense popularity and has made its author famous in the Church, is addressed to anchorites and cenobites and treats of the means by which the highest degree of

How should we understand the Eternity? What is that – after-death sufferings? Can God give a life to him, who, as He knows, will go to the eternal torments? Do our passions remain in action after the death? Are there any real means to help the departed? What is the influence of the pray on the after-death state of a soul? Nobody can remain indifferent

Orthodox Christianity itself— what is it and its historic roots? The first is a category important for all Christian people: doctrine. Did she maintain the truth of God as given by Christ and His Apostles? Second, what about worship? Is there a discernible way in which the people of God have offered a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to Him? Third, consider Church government. What

The conversation with God is called prayer. The soul, while uniting with God in prayer, simultaneously is united with the whole spiritual world — with the angels and saints. During prayer a Christian pours out his soul before God: he glorifies Him for His great perfection, thanks Him for His mercy and goodness, and makes requests for his needs. Hence there are 3 main forms

“He who follows me, walks not in darkness," says the Lord. /John 8:12/ By these words of Christ we are advised to imitate His life and habits, if we wish to be truly enlightened and free from all blindness of heart. Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. I would rather

Every person is familiar with his inner voice which on occasion accuses and oppresses him, and on occasion brings him joy. This small subtle voice, an inborn feeling, is called conscience. Conscience by its nature is a spiritual instinct, which more clearly and quickly differentiates between good and evil than does the mind. He who listens to the voice of his conscience will never regret

Death is a catastrophe for man; this is the basic principle of the whole of Christian anthropology. Man is an amphibious being, both spiritual and corporeal, and so he was created by God. Body belongs organically to the unity of human existence. The preaching of the Resurrection as well as the preaching of the Cross was foolishness to Gentiles: St. Paul had already been called

The First Word of Christian Symbol of Faith is “I believe.” All of Christian confession is based upon faith. God is the first object of Christian belief. Thus, Christian acknowledgment of the existence of God is founded not upon rational grounds, not on proofs taken from reason or received from the experience of our outward senses, but upon an inward, higher conviction which has a

Sources of Christian Doctrine: 1. Purity of Teaching 2. Dogmas. 3. The Sources of Dogmas. 4. Sacred Scripture. 5. Sacred Tradition. 6. The Catholic Consciousness of the Church. 7. Dogmas and Canons. 8. The Works Of The Holy Fathers. 9. The Divine Services // From the first days of her existence, the Church of Christ has ceaselessly been concerned that her children should stand firm

The Second Apology is supposed to have been written as a supplement to the First Apology of Justin Martyr, on account of certain proceedings which had in the meantime taken place in Rome before Lollius Urbicus as prefect of the city, which must have been between 150 and 157. The Apology is addressed to the Roman Senate. The Second Apology was meant to expose the