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Spiritual Life By Father Peter Farrington
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Spiritual Life is a collection of short thoughts and reflections by Father Peter Farrington, a priest of the Coptic Orthodox Church, about the Orthodox spiritual life. Father Peter has been a... More > member of the Coptic Orthodox Church for 22 years, and a priest since 2009. He writes extensively on theological and spiritual topics, and manages a blog which describes the Orthodox Christian spiritual tradition to a wide audience.< Less
The History of the Patriarchs of the Coptic Orthodox Church to 849 AD By Severus of El-Eschmounein
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The History of the Patriarchs of Alexandria is the Liber Pontificalis of the Coptic church. The first part of it is a compilation made, as we read in one of the prefaces at the head of the... More > manuscripts, by Severus, bishop of El-Eschmounein in upper Egypt, between Minieh and Asiout, based on Greek and Coptic documents which he found in the monasteries of his country, and which he translated with the help of some clerks. This history of the first centuries of the Coptic church is based above all on Eusebius and some primitive Acts, But from the seventh century on, and above all from the era of the Arab conquest, the history of the patriarchs becomes much more complete and more interesting. Here we have a series of real biographies written by contemporary authors, such as John the Deacon, in the time of the patriarch Michael I, and George, archdeacon and syncellus of the patriarch Simon.< Less
The Ascetic Discourses and Three Letters By St Philoxenus of Mabbugh
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Philoxenus (Syriac, Aksenaya) of Mabbog (died 523), was one of the best of Syriac prose writers, and a vehement champion of the Anti-Chalcedonian doctrine in the end of the 5th and beginning of the... More > 6th centuries. The years which followed the Council of Chalcedon were a stormy period in the Syrian Church. Philoxenus soon attracted notice by his strenuous advocacy of Non-Chalcedonian doctrine, and on the expulsion of Calandio in 485 was ordained bishop of Mabbog by his Non-Chalcedonian successor Peter the Fuller . It was probably during the earlier years of his episcopate that Philoxenus composed his thirteen discourses on the Christian life.< Less
The Syriac History of Zachariah of Mitylene By Zachariah of Mitylene
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The Syriac Chronicle of Zachariah of Mitylene is a very important source of information about the anti- Chalcedonian communion to the middle of the 6th century. It contains letters by many of the... More > patriarchs and leading figures of the resistance to Chalcedon, as well as documentary evidence of the basis of the long standing and principled objection to the Chalcedonian position. This translation of the Syriac Chronicle of Zachariah of Mitylene was produced by F.J. Hamilton and E.W. Brooks in 1899.< Less
Commentary on the Gospel of St John - Part II By St Cyril of Alexandria
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St Cyril of Alexandria is one of the greatest Fathers of the 5th century, well known for his contributions to the Christological debates concerning Nestorius, but his scriptural commentaries are less... More > well known, and are harder to obtain in English translation. This commentary is especially important because it allows us to gain an insight into St Cyril’s theology through the medium of his writing about the Gospel of St John. This translation of the Commentary on the Gospel of St John by St Cyril of Alexandria was first published in 1885 and was translated by H.P. Liddon.< Less
Commentary on the Gospel of St John - Part I By St Cyril of Alexandria
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St Cyril of Alexandria is one of the greatest Fathers of the 5th century, well known for his contributions to the Christological debates concerning Nestorius, but his scriptural commentaries are less... More > well known, and are harder to obtain in English translation. This commentary is especially important because it allows us to gain an insight into St Cyril’s theology through the medium of his writing about the Gospel of St John. This translation of the Commentary on the Gospel of St John by Sy Cyril of Alexandria was first published in 1874 and was translated by P.E. Pusey.< Less
The Letters and Life of Simon Stylites By C. Torrey and F. Lent
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These translations of the Letters and Life of Simon the Stylites are found in a Syriac manuscript in the context of the Syrian non-Chalcedonian community. Simon was therefore considered a figure of... More > some importance within the Syrian Church. He was also apparently considered to have rejected Chalcedon and therefore have been aligned with the anti-Chalcedonian movement. Torrey considers these anti-Chalcedonian letters of Simon to be forgeries, but are they? Further investigation of this interesting topic is required.< Less
The Philocalia of Origen By George Lewis
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The Philocalia or Philokalia of Origen is a compilation of selected passages from the writings of Origen made by St. Gregory Nazianzus and St Basil of Caesarea. Though he was controversial even in... More > his own life time, and some of his teachings came to be condemned by the Church, nevertheless Origen was an inspiration to many of the greatest Fathers and his writings deserve to be widely known, if studied with discretion. This translation of the Philocalia by Origen of Alexandria was first published in 1911 and was translated by George Lewis.< Less
British Orthodox Fellowship Handbook By Peter Farrington
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This is the Handbook of the British Orthodox Fellowship. It has been published to help you experience something of the Orthodox faith and life of the British Orthodox Church whether you are a member... More > of the British Orthodox Church, or of some other Christian community. Fundamentally, it is only by experiencing Orthodox faith and life for yourself that you will gain a personal appreciation of its power to transform the lives of British people. The British Orthodox Fellowship exists to support individuals as well as small groups. You may pray the prayers in this volume on your own, or you may be part of a small community of other enquirers who pray them together. Some of these praying communities may eventually become the nucleus of future British Orthodox churches, whilst others will remain as British Orthodox Fellowship groups, allowing members to pray Orthodox prayers, and experience something of the transforming power of Orthodox Christianity and Spirituality.< Less
Patristic Study By H.B. Swete
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Patristic Study is an excellent introduction to the writings of the Fathers of the first Christian centuries. Professor H.B. Swete describes and catalogues all the important authors of the East and... More > West, and though this volume does not cover the Fathers of the Oriental Orthodox communion after Chalcedon, nevertheless since it concentrates almost exclusively on the univeral Fathers of the centuries before Chalcedon it is of great value and use to students of the Oriental Orthodox churches. This work was first published in 1902< Less