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A Word from the Holy Fathers

Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg) and Ancient Faith

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A Word from the Holy Fathers
A Word from the Holy Fathers

A Word from the Holy Fathers

Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg) and Ancient Faith

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Reflections on Orthodoxy in its Patristic and Monastic Heritage

Latest Episodes

Glory to God Who Has Shown Himself to Us: St. Ephrem and St. John on the Nativity

In a broadcast for the Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of the Lord Jesus Christ, we reflect on two hymns of St. Ephrem the Syrian and a portion of a homily by St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco on the glory of the night of Christ’s full revelation.

14 MIN2014 JAN 10
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Glory to God Who Has Shown Himself to Us: St. Ephrem and St. John on the Nativity

Remembering the Mother of God: St. Cyril on the Theotokos and the Incarnation

In this season of Christ’s incarnate coming in the flesh, we take a moment to reflect, through the words of St. Cyril of Alexandria, on the role of the Virgin Theotokos in the nativity of the true God, Jesus Christ.

12 MIN2013 NOV 23
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Remembering the Mother of God: St. Cyril on the Theotokos and the Incarnation

The Coming of the Lord - St. Leo the Great

Archimandrite Irenei examines a sermon by St. Leo of Rome, normally read in the season of Pascha, yet which sheds great light on the coming of the Lord, and the pastoral message to be gleaned from the intense theological disputes about Christ’s natures that raged in the early Church.

13 MIN2013 NOV 15
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The Coming of the Lord - St. Leo the Great

St. Nicholas Cabasilas on the Assurance of the True Body and Blood

In every age, there is the temptation to doubt the Mysteries of the Church—to question how it is that the faithful should remain secure in believing that Christ makes Himself truly present in Body and Blood at the Holy Table. In this week’s episode, Archimandrite Irenei examines an extended text by Nicholas Cabasilas on the substance of our faith in the Mystical Supper.

12 MIN2013 NOV 9
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St. Nicholas Cabasilas on the Assurance of the True Body and Blood

Abba Poemen the Great: On Softening the Hardest of Hearts

In this week’s broadcast, Archimandrite Irenei examines three sayings by Abba Poemen ("The Shepherd") of Egypt on the means by which the hardest heart can be softened by the Lord.

14 MIN2013 OCT 25
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Abba Poemen the Great: On Softening the Hardest of Hearts

St. John the Dwarf: A Life of All the Virtues

What has a man whose obedience once caused a barren stick to blossom forth a tree in the desert to tell us today about the life of virtue? Is it possible for man today to partake of all the virtues? In this week’s broadcast, Archimandrite Irenei examines two sayings of Fr. John the Short of Egypt on the accessibility of all the virtues through the foundation of the love of neighbor.

11 MIN2013 OCT 19
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St. John the Dwarf: A Life of All the Virtues

St. John Chrysostom on the Charity of Fasting

In this week’s broadcast, Archimandrite Irenei offers a reflection on a selection of sayings of St John Chrysostom on the pastoral nature of fasting as an act of charity. In what sense does our fast minister to our neighbor?

12 MIN2013 OCT 11
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St. John Chrysostom on the Charity of Fasting

St John of the Ladder on Seeking a Suitable Way of Life

St. John of the Ladder, whom we normally read during Great Lent, is a Father who offers practical guidance to Christian life of every moment. In this week’s broadcast, Archimandrite Irenei explores a series of passages from Step 1 of St John’s Ladder to Paradise, on the specific issue of the universal calling of the Christian life, coupled with the need for each person to seek out a suitable way of life for the spiritual struggle to be exercised.

12 MIN2013 OCT 4
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St John of the Ladder on Seeking a Suitable Way of Life

St. Cyprian on Cain, Abel, and True Self-Sacrifice

What are we to make of the Genesis account of Cain and Abel? In this broadcast, Archimandrite Irenei examines a portion of St Cyprian of Carthage’s treatise on the Lord’s prayer that shows forth Abel as the first martyr, the example of true self-sacrifice. And it is a lesson with a practical aim: the quenching of anger and hatred, and the discovery of a life offered more wholly to God.

15 MIN2013 SEP 27
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St. Cyprian on Cain, Abel, and True Self-Sacrifice

Defeating the Slavery of “Bad Habits”

Among the greatest struggles in the Christian life are the "little things"—the day-to-day "bad habits" by which we continually fall, and which seem to trap us in our sin. Is there a way out? In this week’s episode, Archimandrite Irenei examines the Fathers on sin as habits, how these habits enslave us—and most importantly, how we can overcome our shackles and progress toward the Kingdom.

13 MIN2013 SEP 20
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Defeating the Slavery of “Bad Habits”

Latest Episodes

Glory to God Who Has Shown Himself to Us: St. Ephrem and St. John on the Nativity

In a broadcast for the Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of the Lord Jesus Christ, we reflect on two hymns of St. Ephrem the Syrian and a portion of a homily by St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco on the glory of the night of Christ’s full revelation.

14 MIN2014 JAN 10
Comments
Glory to God Who Has Shown Himself to Us: St. Ephrem and St. John on the Nativity

Remembering the Mother of God: St. Cyril on the Theotokos and the Incarnation

In this season of Christ’s incarnate coming in the flesh, we take a moment to reflect, through the words of St. Cyril of Alexandria, on the role of the Virgin Theotokos in the nativity of the true God, Jesus Christ.

12 MIN2013 NOV 23
Comments
Remembering the Mother of God: St. Cyril on the Theotokos and the Incarnation

The Coming of the Lord - St. Leo the Great

Archimandrite Irenei examines a sermon by St. Leo of Rome, normally read in the season of Pascha, yet which sheds great light on the coming of the Lord, and the pastoral message to be gleaned from the intense theological disputes about Christ’s natures that raged in the early Church.

13 MIN2013 NOV 15
Comments
The Coming of the Lord - St. Leo the Great

St. Nicholas Cabasilas on the Assurance of the True Body and Blood

In every age, there is the temptation to doubt the Mysteries of the Church—to question how it is that the faithful should remain secure in believing that Christ makes Himself truly present in Body and Blood at the Holy Table. In this week’s episode, Archimandrite Irenei examines an extended text by Nicholas Cabasilas on the substance of our faith in the Mystical Supper.

12 MIN2013 NOV 9
Comments
St. Nicholas Cabasilas on the Assurance of the True Body and Blood

Abba Poemen the Great: On Softening the Hardest of Hearts

In this week’s broadcast, Archimandrite Irenei examines three sayings by Abba Poemen ("The Shepherd") of Egypt on the means by which the hardest heart can be softened by the Lord.

14 MIN2013 OCT 25
Comments
Abba Poemen the Great: On Softening the Hardest of Hearts

St. John the Dwarf: A Life of All the Virtues

What has a man whose obedience once caused a barren stick to blossom forth a tree in the desert to tell us today about the life of virtue? Is it possible for man today to partake of all the virtues? In this week’s broadcast, Archimandrite Irenei examines two sayings of Fr. John the Short of Egypt on the accessibility of all the virtues through the foundation of the love of neighbor.

11 MIN2013 OCT 19
Comments
St. John the Dwarf: A Life of All the Virtues

St. John Chrysostom on the Charity of Fasting

In this week’s broadcast, Archimandrite Irenei offers a reflection on a selection of sayings of St John Chrysostom on the pastoral nature of fasting as an act of charity. In what sense does our fast minister to our neighbor?

12 MIN2013 OCT 11
Comments
St. John Chrysostom on the Charity of Fasting

St John of the Ladder on Seeking a Suitable Way of Life

St. John of the Ladder, whom we normally read during Great Lent, is a Father who offers practical guidance to Christian life of every moment. In this week’s broadcast, Archimandrite Irenei explores a series of passages from Step 1 of St John’s Ladder to Paradise, on the specific issue of the universal calling of the Christian life, coupled with the need for each person to seek out a suitable way of life for the spiritual struggle to be exercised.

12 MIN2013 OCT 4
Comments
St John of the Ladder on Seeking a Suitable Way of Life

St. Cyprian on Cain, Abel, and True Self-Sacrifice

What are we to make of the Genesis account of Cain and Abel? In this broadcast, Archimandrite Irenei examines a portion of St Cyprian of Carthage’s treatise on the Lord’s prayer that shows forth Abel as the first martyr, the example of true self-sacrifice. And it is a lesson with a practical aim: the quenching of anger and hatred, and the discovery of a life offered more wholly to God.

15 MIN2013 SEP 27
Comments
St. Cyprian on Cain, Abel, and True Self-Sacrifice

Defeating the Slavery of “Bad Habits”

Among the greatest struggles in the Christian life are the "little things"—the day-to-day "bad habits" by which we continually fall, and which seem to trap us in our sin. Is there a way out? In this week’s episode, Archimandrite Irenei examines the Fathers on sin as habits, how these habits enslave us—and most importantly, how we can overcome our shackles and progress toward the Kingdom.

13 MIN2013 SEP 20
Comments
Defeating the Slavery of “Bad Habits”
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