THE CHURCH IS ONE

THE CHURCH IS ONE

The essay we present here is one of the most unusual and provocative treatments of a theological subject ever penned. It was written in 1844 or 1845 but did not appear in print until 1863‐three years after the author’s premature death. It is an all-the-more amazing document because Alexei Stepanovich Khomiakov, who wrote it, was a layman with no official theological standing. Despite the fact that by profession Khomiakov was...


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On Sufferings

“Sufferings for God and for His sake are more precious to God than any prayer or offering; and the smell of their sweat is better than any incense” —St. Isaac of Syria “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy” — Psalm 125:5 “And the Word was made flesh and He pitched up His tent and dwelt among us.” God the uncontainable condescended and became a man like unto...


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Why Show Respect To All?

“Remember that the Lord is in every Christian. When your neighbor comes to you, always have great respect for him, because the Lord is in him, and often expresses His will through him. “It is God which worketh in both to will and to do His good pleasure’ (Phil 2:13). Therefore, do not grudge anything to your brother, but do unto him as unto the Lord; especially as you do...


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Consequences of Avoiding the Mystery of Confession Form

He who is accustomed to give account of his life at confession here will not fear to give an answer at the terrible judgement-seat of Christ. It is for this purpose that the mild tribunal of penitence here below, may give an answer without shame at the terrible judgment-seat of Christ. This is the first motive for sincere confession, and, moreover, it must absolutely be made every year. The longer...


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Bear Illness Bravely

“Bear any illness bravely, and do not merely become despondent, but on the contrary, rejoice, if you can, in your illness. You would ask me what there is for you to rejoice at when you are racked all over with pain? Rejoice that the Lord has sent you this temporary chastisement in order to cleanse your soul from sins. ‘For whom the Lord loves He chastens’ (Heb. 12:6). “Rejoice in...


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