Place Your Hope in the Lord
The Poetic Spiritual Life of Father Lazar
Written and compiled in Serbian by Abbess Jelena of the Chelija Piperska Monastery, Translated into English by Milena Taylor
164 pp., $12.99 USD
A man of few words but great compassion, Father Lazar of Serbia and Montenegro sought neither attention nor accolades, yet became a revered spiritual leader not only for his monastery but for those both within, and without, the walls of his monastery. The words and actions of this modern-day spiritual father, born of an unfailing hope in Christ, cut through the din and clatter of a turbulent world. Those willing to listen - to Father Lazar's own words and the words of those shepherded by him - have an opportunity to enter the empathy that he had for all people.
Father Lazar was a twentieth century holy man and abbot of the famous Ostrog Monastery in Montenegro, a pilgrimage destination for thousands from around the world. He also was the founder of Ostrog’s skete Jovan Do, where he was buried after his death in 2000, and a spiritual father to the nuns at the Chelija Piperska Monastery.
For a lovely photo tour of the Ostrog Monastery where Father Lazar was abbot, visit the website of the Metropolia of Montenegro. Don't worry if you can't read the text. (OCTS is here to bridge those language barriers through our publications). For now, just click through the photos and enjoy!
Just released for Lent 2016!
The Singing Heart
A Book of Quiet Reflections
Written in Russian by Ivan Ilyin,
Translated into English by Alexandra Weber
190 pp. ,$15.99 USD
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Ivan Ilyin was a great Russian thinker and a lifelong seeker of truth. A writer, publicist, political scientist, and literary critic by profession, he described this book in the following manner: "It is dedicated not to theology, but to quiet philosophical praises to God... I am attempting to weave together a fabric of new philosophy, which is thoroughly Christian in spirit and style, but is completely free of pseudophilosophical 'theologizing' in the style of Berdyaev-Bulgakov-Karsavin... This is a simple, quiet philosophy...born from the most important organ of the Orthodox Christian... a contemplative heart."
His book is essentially a collection of reflections on human nature and morality; the beauty of nature and its relationship with man as created being and God as creator; man's duties, responsibilities, and destiny in life; and the interplay of heart, mind, and soul. These reflections from a "singing heart" are beautifully written in a language steeped in love for Russia and the Orthodox faith, and provide a glimpse into the soul of a man who refused to be beaten by the cruelty of his time but found beauty in the darkest of days. In the words of his student R.M. Zile, this is a man whose every word is marked by one creative goal - "in everything to see and to show the light of God."
Read gems from the The Singing Heart here.