Where Do I Begin?
Since we all learn and engage in different ways, we've assembled some of our favorite resources here for listening, reading, and watching.
Ultimately though, the Orthodox faith is a life experience – one that encourages us to participate with the Holy Trinity in our salvation and transformation. We encourage you to join us for Divine Liturgy on Sundays and to participate in our various education classes, fellowship gatherings, and ministry groups!
"Be the Bee":
What is Orthodox Christianity?
"Be the Bee" is the official YouTube channel of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese's Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministries. They have produced over 100 short, entertaining videos exploring the foundations of Orthodox Christianity. This playlist of 19 videos highlights the key topics of the faith.
"Coffee with Sister Vassa" Video podcast
“Coffee with Sister Vassa” is a brief, 10-minute program hosted by Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin, a nun of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and liturgiologist of the University of Vienna in Austria. The program offers an engaging reflection on the Orthodox Church calendar of the current week, including the lives of the saints, scriptural passages, the Orthodox liturgical tradition, and a light dose of humor.
"Orthodoxy Live" Call-in show and Podcast
"Orthodoxy Live" is a call-in show and podcast hosted by Ancient Faith Radio. Host Father Evan Armitas presides over Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Loveland, Colorado. We are pleased to add that he trained for the ministry at Saint Catherine, and we will always consider him to be a part of our family.
"The Morning Offering"
The Very Rev. Father Tryphon is abbot of the All Merciful Saviour Monastery in Vashon Island, Washington, outside of Seattle. His daily podcast, "The Morning Offering," provides meaningful support and authoritative guidance for a profitable spiritual life in today’s world. His podcasts are generally three to eight minutes long and a great way to start your day.
Introduction to Orthodoxy
Becoming Orthodox: a journey to the Ancient Christian Faith, by Peter Gillquist, Conciliar Press
Thirsting For God in a Land of Shallow Wells, by Matthew Gallatin
Introducing the Orthodox Church, its Faith and Life, by Anthony M. Coniaris, Light and Life Publishing Company, Minneapolis, MN.
The Orthodox Church, by Bishop Kallistos Ware, Penguin Books.
The Orthodox Way, revised edition by Bishop Kallistos Ware, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York.
Facing East: A Pilgrim’s journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy, by Frederica Mathewes-Green, Harper, San Francisco.
The Faith: Understanding Orthodox Christianity, by Clark Carlton, Regina Orthodox Press, Salisbury, MA.
Let Us Attend! A Journey Through the Orthodox Divine Liturgy, by Fr. Lawrence Farley
Growing with God
Thirty Steps to Heaven, by Archim. Vassilios Papavassiliou
Beginning to Pray, by Anthony Bloom.
Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe, by Stephen Freeman
Philokalia: The Bible of Orthodox Spirituality, by Father Anthony Coniaris
In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, by John Chryssavgis, Wisdom Press.
The Mountain of Silence, by Kyriacos Makrides, Image, Doubleday, New York.
Return: Repentance and confession, by Archim. Nektarios Antonopoulos
Living Prayer, by Metropolitan Anthony (Anthony Bloom), Templegate Publishers, Springfield, IL.
The Way of a Pilgrim, translated by Helen Bacovin.
The Orthodox Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson
The Explanation by Blessed Theophylact, Chrysostom Press (multiple volumes)
Elements of the Faith, an introduction to Orthodox Theology, by Christos Yanaras, translated by Keith Schram, T&T Clark, Edinburgh.
History and Life of the Church
The Great Church in Captivity, by Steven Runciman
The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, translated by Benedicta Ward, SLG, Cistercian Publications, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: Second Series, 14 Volumes, by Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, Philip Schaff, and Henry Wace (Jun 1, 1994)
Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers, by Christopher Hall, InterVarsity Press, 1998
The Lives of the Desert Fathers, translated by Norman Russell, introduction by Benedicta Ward, SLG, Cistercian Publishing.
Our thanks to St Spyridon Orthodox Church in Loveland, Colorado for the origins of this list. Please visit their web site for this and other great resources for discovering the Orthodox faith. http://www.stspyridons.org/ourfaith/