SAGOM Press

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SAINT ANTHONY'S GREEK ORTHODOX MONASTERY PRESS is dedicated to producing affordable high-quality editions of some of the most important works in the Orthodox Church. The monks operating SAGOM Press choose and edit the texts, design book layout, and oversee the printing and binding of each volume, laboring earnestly and with continual prayer, always asking the Lord that the abundant grace in the saints' writings will illuminate each reader's soul with spiritual inspiration and peace.

Printed Series are:

Orthodox Empirical Theologians Series

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Orthodox Empirical Theologians Series

THE HOLY FATHERS OF OUR CHURCH are empirical theologians. They acquired knowledge of God not by rational speculation but by direct experience. Their writings and lives are therefore excellent guides for the faithful, showing us the way to attain to similar experience and, ultimately, to salvation. This series presents reprints of the Holy Fathers' theological works and Lives in English translation, lightly edited to replace unfamiliar archaisms and to correct the translation of key theological terms against the original-language text.

The whole publication process—selection of the texts, editing, lay-out, printing, and binding—is overseen by monks at Saint Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery in order to make these texts available in printed editions featuring solemn, dignified language; minimal footnotes and prefatory material; and a spacious, single-column format.

The Orthodox Empirical Theologian Series publications are offered to the reader at affordable prices, encouraging every Christian to explore the rich heritage of our Holy Fathers.

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In the collection of the Spiritual Homilies, Saint Makarios describes the different effects of the grace of God within us. By continuing in the virtues and especially in prayer, Christ, seeing our good will, will grant our spirit to be thoroughly “mixed with the fire of the Holy Spirit” and, “becoming all light,” it will partake of the divine attributes. For Saint Makarios, the aim of the Christian life is none other than the acquisition, here below, of the experience of the Holy Spirit through undergoing that beautiful transformation which will give us a spiritual sensibility, whereby we shall be able to taste the presence of God at every moment of our lives.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-20-7

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"What is this that has happened to me, O friends, and initiates, and fellow-lovers of the truth? I was running to lay hold on God, and thus I went up into the Mount, and drew aside the curtain of the Cloud, and entered away from matter and material things, and as far as I could I withdrew within myself. And then when I looked up, I barely saw the back parts of God, although I was sheltered by the Rock, the Word that has made flesh for us. And when I looked a little closer, I saw ..."

The Five Theological Orations stand at the pinnacle of Orthodox Christian theology and are the texts which gained Saint Gregory, Archbishop of Constantinople, universal recognition and the title "the Theologian."

ISBN: 978-1-945699-03-0

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"The Creator of the Universe Himself, in His Beautiful and Good Yearning toward the Universe, is transported outside of Himself and so is drawn from His transcendent throne above all things, to dwell in the heart of all things."

These extraordinary texts offer the reader an entry into the highest purpose of divine praise: the enraptured soul's union with God Who is Infinite Love.

Of the translations of Saint Dionysios into English, none have captured the inspiring beauty of the original Greek text as has C.E. Rolt's time-honored edition.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-04-7

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These two letters, which are the earliest of Saint John Chrysostom's extant works, are addressed to a friend who had been a member of the ascetic brotherhood that Saint John and his friend Basil formed, soon after they had abandoned secular life.

The written appeal of the great golden-mouthed preacher of repentance, combined with the efforts of his fellow monastics, was not in vain. Theodore once more renounced the world and his matrimonial intentions and, renewing his vow to the Lord, retired into the hesychastic seclusion of their sacred monastic life in Christ.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-06-1

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"The graves will be opened, and in the twinkling of an eye, all the generations will awake and look aloft at the holy magnificence of the Bridegroom. Angels and Archangels, innumerable hosts will rejoice with great joy. The saints and the righteous and all who did not receive the seal of the serpent, the vile one, will make merry. The tormentor, with all the demons, bound by the Angels, and likewise all who received his seal, all the impious and sinners will be bound and led before the judgment seat."

ISBN: 978-1-945699-07-8

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Without adding anything more to the dogmas and to the doctrines expressed by earlier Fathers, the Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith sets out the essentials of the Christian Faith with such wonderful conciseness and clarity of expression, that the whole work can be regarded as the seal and crowning glory of the great Patristic era. An outstanding landmark in Christian tradition, for Orthodox Christians it is the most reliable source on everything concerning the dogmas of the Faith—the royal road of sound doctrine which leads to heaven. Treasured since antiquity as the criterion for Orthodox works, it remains as indispensable reading for every Christian today.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-08-5

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Beyond simply depicting the way of life adopted by the illustrious elders of the desert, Saint John Cassian systematically presents the order of combat against the leading passions—spiritual diseases dragging the soul to every sin and eventually into Gehenna. The remedy: unremitting noetic prayer and watchfulness. For as Saint John describes, "It is not an external enemy we dread. Our foe is shut up within ourselves. An internal warfare is daily waged by us." The Institutes, therefore, is a manual of transformation renewing the soul in God.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-09-2

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In his Confession and Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus, the only writings of his that have come down on us, Saint Patrick of Ireland describes with great humility the miraculous events that led him to become the apostle to the Irish. In these works, one can see the same Sacred Tradition in the West as in the East; for Saint Patrick was deemed worthy to receive noetic prayer, theoria, and ultimately theosis—gifts given by God to the empirical theologian to help His people.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-10-8

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One of the most beloved modern works of Orthodox Christian spirituality, My Life in Christ contains Saint John of Kronstadt’s intimate diary entries, which he called “Moments of Spiritual Serenity and Contemplation, of Reverent Feeling, of Earnest Self-Amendment, and of Peace in God.” Transmitting to his reader his sacred experience of spiritual love for God and His Church, Saint John’s short, powerful diary entries are perfect daily devotional reflections, guiding every Christian soul to like experience.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-12-2

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One of the most beloved modern works of Orthodox Christian spirituality, My Life in Christ contains Saint John of Kronstadt’s intimate diary entries, which he called “Moments of Spiritual Serenity and Contemplation, of Reverent Feeling, of Earnest Self-Amendment, and of Peace in God.” Transmitting to his reader his sacred experience of spiritual love for God and His Church, Saint John’s short, powerful diary entries are perfect daily devotional reflections, guiding every Christian soul to like experience.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-22-1

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Saint John Chrysostom’s brilliant eloquence made such a profound impression that he was often interrupted by the thunderous applause of his congregation. Often called the “Preacher of Mercy,” the “Illuminated Eye of Repentance,” and, quite simply, the greatest expositor of the Scriptures who ever lived, his homilies on the Gospel Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus are some of his most fiery and grace-filled sermons. They showcase the saint’s favorite theme of the necessity for all Christians to live in compassion and brotherly love, always bestowing spiritual and material alms on everyone in need.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-14-6

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The most eloquent of all the Fathers, Saint John Chrysostom’s preaching was based on Holy Scripture, whose honey he had gathered through much ascetical labor in solitude, contemplating the abyss of the mysteries of God, and battling against the devil and his demonic horde. From the grace of his experience of the warfare between man and the demons comes the powerful arsenal of these holy homilies showing Christians the way of salvation.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-15-3

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When Saint John Chrysostom labored throughout the night vigil in prayer while composing his incomparable Homilies on the Epistles of the Apostle Paul, his disciple Saint Proclus beheld Paul bent over and whispering into Saint John’s ear as he wrote. The Apostle’s mystical inspiration coupled to Saint Chrysostom’s grace-filled brilliance as a preacher produced the greatest commentaries on Saint Paul’s Epistles ever written.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-16-0

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Saint Cyril of Alexandria devoted a lifetime to the writing of exegetical works, with spiritual and moral commentaries explaining the details of Holy Scripture. His Commentary on Saint Luke is one of the most important and spiritually edifying works on the Gospel of the Evangelist Luke ever written.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-18-4

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Saint Cyril of Alexandria devoted a lifetime to the writing of exegetical works, with spiritual and moral commentaries explaining the details of Holy Scripture. His Commentary on Saint Luke is one of the most important and spiritually edifying works on the Gospel of the Evangelist Luke ever written.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-21-4

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Saint Benedict of Nursia wrote his Monastic Rule as a spiritual and practical guide for the holy monks of the twelve monasteries that he founded in sixth-century Italy. For Saint Benedict, the monastery is an image of the Church, and “a school for the Lord’s service” by means of holy obedience to the evangelical commandments. It is there, in great patience and dedication to the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, that monks are able to progress from virtue to virtue in order to attain His eternal Kingdom.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-19-1

Lives of the Saints

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The Life of Saint Makrina is Saint Gregory of Nyssa's beautiful and endearing portrait of his older sister who lived ascetically on their family on their estate. It was Saint Makrina's example and teaching that let her brother Saint Basil the Great to renounce a promising career and embrace the ascetic life. On Virginity is Saint Gregory's earliest work, in which he extols virginity as a means of attaining to the only true object of desire.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-05-4

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Born through the tearful prayers of his barren mother, who then dedicated her child to God, Saint Daniel embraced the monastic life at the age of twelve. Out of intense love for God, he later climbed up onto a pillar and remained there for nearly forty years until his death, enduring both heat and cold, and fierce attacks from demons. Many disciples gathered around his pillar, and the multitude of his miracles drew princes, patriarchs, and peasants seeking his counsel.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-11-5

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Renowned for his compassion, love, and almsgiving, Saint John the Merciful was chosen as Patriarch, governing the Church of Alexandria for ten years as a true shepherd, safeguarding it from pagans and heretics. He was a model of meekness, charity, and love for his fellow men. All the saints have been distinguished by mercifulness, but Saint John was completely dedicated to this wonderful virtue.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-13-9

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Palladius renders the magnificent portrait of a man who stood above the world in the realm of the eternal. Chrysostom’s austere ascetical struggles, his salvific preaching to the thunderous acclaim of his flock, and his elevation to the pinnacle of the Church as Archbishop of Constantinople, startlingly juxtaposes the treacherous intrigues of heretics plotting against him culminating in violence, mayhem, and murder on the night of Holy Pascha: the city in flames, the saint’s ruthless banishment, and his martyric death in exile. Few hagiographies are as gripping and spiritually edifying as Palladius’s portrayal of the greatest Shepherd of the Orthodox Church who ever lived.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-17-7

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The disciple of Saint Antony the Great, the Father of monasticism, Saint Hilarion lived in Gaza in great asceticism and ardent prayer to God, overcoming hordes of demons and conquering the influence of the passions. A divine teacher, a strict ascetic, an amazing wonderworker, many who were desirous of the spiritual life gathered around him, and Saint Hilarion became for Palestine what Saint Antony was for Egypt.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-23-8

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"If thou wouldest be perfect, go, sell all that thou hast and give to the poor, and come, follow Me, and thou shalt have treasure in the heavens" (cf. Matt. 19:21)

A young man heard these words in church one day, and without delay he set out to attain to the perfection of which the Savior spoke. In so doing he became a pattern for others to follow, a model of the fulfillment of Christ's commandments, and in the end he was able to say, "I no longer fear God, but I love Him, for 'perfect love casteth out fear'" (1 John 4:18)

ISBN: 978-1-945699-01-6

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You are holding in your hands perhaps the most inspiring narrative of the journey to ceaseless prayer of the heart.

ISBN: 978-1-945699-02-3