BackToTheGardenFairfax, Virginia – Eastern Christian Publications announces new and featured books, audio CDs and video DVDs as follows:

New and Featured Books

  • Back to the Garden - spiritual reflections on the readings from Genesis during the Great Fast by Father Jack Custer and others.
  • Tea with the Theotokos - 60 reflections on Mary, the Mother of God, and her role in salvation history by Marianne Sailus.
  • Journey Through the Great Fast - daily meditations from the Sundays before the Great Fast through Pascha from over 40 clergy and lay persons.
  • Hearts Afire: Volume II - Spiritual essays on "fulfilling our destiny' by Deacon Ed Kleinguetl.
  • Unfinished Business - a book of daily spiritual reflections for use during the Great Fast (Lent) by Marianne Sailus.
  • Liturgy of the Word: History of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom - Volume I - this is an English translation of the work of Father Juan Mateos, SJ, heavily edited, corrected and augmented by Father Steven Hawkes-Teeples, SJ.
  • The Journey Toward Unity: Volume I - 50 years of agreed statements and documents from the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Dialogue.
  • The Journey Toward Unity: Volume II - 50 years of agreed statements and documents from the International Orthodox-Catholic Theological Dialogue, and joint declarations of Popes and Patriarchs.


New from OLTV by the Uzhorod Seminary Choir

Audio CDs and Video DVDS are available for the following (members of the Uzhorod Seminary Choir recently gave numerous concerts in the United States to great acclaim):

  • CT50: Encore Hymns - 17 additional choral arrangements recorded during the recent Concert Tour plus “God Bless America” in English
  • CT51: Folk Songs - 16 folk songs from Transcarpathia along plus a dozen melodies for “Many Years”
  • CT52: Concert at St John, Uniontown
  • CD53: Concert at St John, Pittsburgh
  • CD54: Concert at St Thomas, Rahway
  • CD55: Concert at St Mary, Hillsborough
  • CD56: Concert at Epiphany of Our Lord, Annandale
  • CD57: Divine Liturgy at Mt St Macrina, Uniontown
  • CD58: Divine Liturgy at St Elias, Munhall
  • CD59: Divine Liturgy at St Thomas, Rahway
  • CT60: Divine Liturgy at St Mary, Hillsborough

Featured OLTV Lectures for Lent

  • AE17: Our Lenten Journey - talks on the Great Fast given by Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia at parishes during his US visit in 2010 (6 disks)
  • AE09: The Eastern Fathers on Involuntary Sin - talks by Father Maximos of of Holy Resurrection Monastery in St. Nazianz, WI (7 disks)
  • AE47: Churches of the Christian East - talks by Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia that introduce and explain the traditions of the Christian East that apply to both Orthodox and Catholic (9 disks)

The books are available on www.ecpubs.com and the CD/DVD recordings are on www.olfoundation.net, or by telephone at (+1) 703-691-8862.


Teachings of Christ

'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." (John 6:53-54 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold." (Proverbs 3:13,14 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

No one has to be embarrassed over his sinful state. ‘There is no man who, while living, does not sin,’ and the more sinful the man, the stronger will be God’s help in leading him out of his sinful mire. But the help of God comes only when the sinner repents with heartfelt contrition and has the will to reform. Not seeing in himself enough strength of soul to break away from sinful deeds, he asks for God’s help. This is where the mercy of God, Who does not wish the death of the sinner but wants him to be converted and live, is often evident.… If the voice of conscience awakens in us a feeling of remorse or repentance, then we must pray fervently to the Guardian Angel of our human existence that he may keep us from corrupt downfalls and help us ‘serve God with fear and trembling.’

Elder Macarius of Optina