Resources on healing in the Orthodox Church






Links to Books


The Orthodox Church - book by Bishop Kallistos (Timothy) Ware in its entirety.  This book is a basic text for understanding the history and teaching of the Church.

My Life in Christ - book by St. John of Kronstadt

Writings of St. Nektarios of Aegina


Orthodox Resources

Conciliar Press - communicating historic Orthodox Christianity to today's world through the internet, printed page, icons, music and media.

The Handmaiden - this journal from Conciliar Press is geared toward women, but men will enjoy their articles on living the Orthodox Christian life.

Early Church Fathers - this site include writings from the early Church Christian Fathers

This website deals with the role of suffering and depression from an Orthodox Christian perspective.   The Orthodox Safety Council is a non-profit organization providing safety resources for the Orthodox church . We provide “safe environment” programs, education, and accountability for Orthodox parishes seeking to protect their communities from sexual misconduct or abuse.  Early church fathers, monasticism, and a host of resources for the Orthodox Christian.

Orthodox Psychotherapy - book by Metropolitan Heirotheos Vlachos

This online version of the book, Orthodox Psychotherapy book describes the fall of man, the darkening of man's nous and the process of healing in the Orthodox Christian Church.

The Prologue by Ohrid - Lives of the Saints by Bishop Nikolai Velimirović

The lives of the saints in a daily format.  The four volume set is online and a very useful tool for daily devotion.  Focusing on the lives of the saints and reading the "reflection" section warms the heart and helps keep our mind on the path that leads to healing in Christ.

Orthodox Christian Cassettes - tapes that help us understand our humanity in Christ.

Ancient Faith Radio - 24 hour Orthodox Christian Radio, downloadable broadcasts

Voice of Orthodoxy - Icons in Sound

Running the Race - blog by Dana Chrysler about her journey through cancer and into life.

Links to Counseling and Psychology Resources

American Association of Christian Counselors
Institute of Medicine, Psychology and Religion (IMPR)

National Association of Christian Recovery
An organization dedicated to help Christians who struggle with alcoholism, addiction, codependency and abuse.

Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion (OCAMPR) -this site is a gateway to resources for those recovering from addiction.  It has mental health providers, resources for youth and their families.


(Against) Pornography and Obscenity

Enough is Enough - Organization dedicated to fighting obscenity.

Legal Definitions of Pornography and Obscenity - This information is quite interesting.  There are laws that aren't being enforced.

Definitions of Pornography and Obscenity


Freetobeme - this site helps gender confused youth and those that struggle with homosexual feelings.

Higher Calling - website dedicated for recovery from sexual addiction

Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity (ISSI) -National Association of Research and Treatment for Homosexuality



Sacrament of Marriage - Bishop Alexander (Mileant)

The Sacrament of Marriage - Fr. John Meyendorff



Prayer of granting holy prayer - from St. John of Kronstadt

Akathist to Jesus, a Light for those in Darkeness -



"The anger of a friend toward a friend, and the anger of parents toward their children - and of God toward men - is not a storm that uproots the tree, but a wind that strengthens the tree, and rids it of rotten fruit, so that the healthy fruit will increase in number and beauty." -- St. Nicholai of Zica


"True hope seeks the Kingdom of God alone and is convinced that everything earthly that is necessary for this transitory life will unfailingly be given. The heart cannot have peace until it acquires this hope." -– St. Seraphim of Sarov


Solitary Life
"There are many who live in the mountains and behave as if they were in the town, and they are wasting their time. It is possible to be a solitary in one’s mind while living in a crowd, and it is possible for one who is a solitary to live in the crowd of his or her own thoughts." -– St. Amma Syncletica


After the Struggle comes Joy

"In the beginning there is struggle and a lot of work for those who come near to God. But after that there is indescribable joy. It is just like building a fire: at first it is smoky and your eyes water, but later you get the desired result. Thus we ought to light the divine fire in ourselves with tears and effort." -– St. Amma Syncletica


On Pain of  Heart - Elder Paisios

"First of all, Elder Paisios tells us that, for love to blossom in the heart, we must pray with pain of heart. Once he was asked, "We pray, Elder, and our thoughts go here and there. Why?"

"Because it is prayer without pain!" replied the Elder. "To pray with the heart, we must hurt. Just as when we hit our hand or some other part of our body, our mind (nous) is gathered to the point we are hurting, so also for the mind to gather in the heart, the heart must hurt."

On Love - Elder Paisios


Suffering Unjustly and Suffering for Sins

"Those who suffer trials unjustly imitate Christ; and those who face hardships due to their sins are blessed, because they are forgiven their sins in this life.





Church Fathers

Library of the Early Church Fathers

The Desert Fathers (Vitae Patrum) compiled by Heribert Roswedye in 1628.  This collection gives us great insight into the life, teaching and ethos of those who fled to the desert to seek Christ.

St. Ephraim the Syrian Library


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