Archimandrite Luke holding an icon of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos

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Sixty-six years ago, the missionary need for a source of Orthodox spiritual nourishment in the English language brought Orthodox Life into existence. That same missionary spirit has now led us to move from a print to an online platform.
The three Magi on horseback approaching the cave of Christ's nativity

Keeping Watch by Night: Services of the Nativity Fast

By comparison to Great Lent, the Nativity fast may leave us feeling liturgically unmoored. But if we delve into the services of this season, we will find a great wealth of liturgical texts and commemorations that are beautifully and intrinsically tied to the coming birth of our Saviour.
Banner with icon of the Synaxis of the Holy Forefathers

Laying the Groundwork for the Salvation of Mankind

In light of the upcoming Sunday of the Forefathers, we offer this reflection on three Old Testament figures who prefigured and prophecied the coming Messiah, while preparing Israel for his coming: The righteous Abraham, the prophets Moses and Elijah.
Russian monk lighting candles in church.

A Scattered Life and an Attentive Life 

by St Ignatius (Brianchininov). "The habit of vigilance over the self protects one from an absent way of life, especially in the midst of loud worldly pleasures that surround one from every side. The attentive man remains alone within himself even in the midst of a crowd.