TOP 12: audio
We are about to launch a new version of the library. In this regard, we recall that it was popular on the old site. The last time it was about the library, now – about the audio archive.
The audio archive is especially important for us, after all, with it began the usa-health-online.com: from the way Vadim Shcherabakov and Vladimir Berhin started collecting and uploading Orthodox audio to the network.
We'll see what was especially interesting and necessary for you in the audio archive.
12. Hegumen Nikon (Sparrows)
Hegumen Nikon is one of the main devotees of the 20th century. His pure patristic teachings (sobriety, repentance, struggle with passions) are especially important for us – “ordinary laymen”, because they were pronounced in our era, to people like us.
The audiobook “We have repented” was very popular – a collection of letters by Abbot Nikon. Recently, we have laid out the recital of his “Selected Letters”.
11. The Philokalia chosen by the laity
Philokalia – a collection of ascetic, mystical, theological texts of the Fathers – probably the most authoritative book of Orthodoxy after the Bible. At the beginning of the 20th century, a squeeze for laymen was made from five volumes of the collection. Excerpts are systematized by topics: love, repentance, humility, fasting, etc.
10. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Of course, there is Dostoevsky in this line – a great writer and a no less great Christian thinker. Extremely bold study of human nature, the most accurate description of the position of modern man – these are his achievements. Dostoevsky, like no one else, has shown that in this position a man is waiting with meekness for Christ.
9. Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
Now a somewhat strange dispute has flared up around love / dislike for the Lord. Well, the users of the usa-health-online.com love him and have always loved – above all, preaching.
Sermons and conversations are central to the heritage of Anthony Surozhsky. Vladyka is best known for his word, the preaching of the Gospel to modern people, at the same time very simple, understandable to everyone, but also deep.
As it is known, Vladyka Anthony did not preach on a piece of paper – this was the custom from the very beginning of his ministry in England. Having a poor knowledge of English, Anthony of Sourozh once read a prepared sermon at the beginning of his ministry. It turned out very boring. He was advised to improvise. “But it will be ridiculous,” said the great future preacher. "This is good, it means people will listen," was the answer. Since then, Anthony Surozhsky always spoke himself, without pre-prepared text.
That sermon is the main part of the heritage of Anthony Surozhsky: lively, sincere and at the same time very deep. The sermons of Vladyka Anthony conveyed to modern people the Orthodox faith in its patristic purity, evangelical simplicity and depth.
We recently laid out the recital of his last conversations – "Confidence in things invisible."
8. St. John Chrysostom
A monk who dreamed of the world becoming a huge monastery – a community of brothers held together by love. “I often prayed that the need for monasteries was over, and there came a good order in the cities so that no one ever had to flee into the desert. (…) That is precisely what has perverted the whole universe, that we think that only monastics need a greater severity of life, while others can live lightly, ”says John Chrysostom.
He chose to serve in the world, became famous in Antioch as a preacher (whence the nickname Chrysostom), was invited to Constantinople by the metropolitan bishop. There, Chrysostom arranges a whole charitable system: hospitals, shelters, etc. Chrysostom exposes the well-being of “Christian society”, recalls the era of persecution: “security is the greatest persecution of piety, worse than any persecution. Nobody understands, does not feel danger, – safety creates carelessness, relaxes and lulls the soul, and the devil kills the sleeping ”. These words are also relevant for our era – do we preserve the memory of Soviet persecution?
Chrysostom struggled with the conciliation of the Church, its likening to the world, turning into a power structure: “Christians in particular are forbidden to correct those who fall into sin with violence,” he said, “our war does not make the living dead, but dead, because it is full of meekness and humility … I drive not by deed, but in a word, and I am pursuing not heretics, but heresy … I am accustomed to enduring persecution, not persecution, being persecuted, not persecuting. So Christ conquered him crucified, not crucifying, not striking, but accepting punches. ”
By its uncompromising struggle – with the vices of power, the clergy and the whole society, the protection of the poor, the bold and radical implementation of (personal, social, political) evangelical ideals – St. John Chrysostom made himself powerful enemies: the Empress and the Pope of Alexandria, who removed him from the pulpit of Constantinople and put him in exile where John Chrysostom died. Here, as nowhere else, the paradox of the Christianization of the world is visible: the “Christian” empire and the “Christian” clergy persecuted the great righteous. True Christians are always persecuted.
Numerous sermons sv. John Chrysostom is devoted mainly to ethical and exegetical themes, which he reveals in the true gospel spirit of love and brotherhood. First of all, John Chrysostom is a teacher of a righteous life, a renewed life in the Church, in Jesus Christ. Chrysostom, like no one else, showed the identity of dogmatic truth and moral life: life in good as life in Christ. Zlatoust's sermon is also relevant for us, because for the first time it sounded in noisy big cities, where “Christians”, who forgot about the era of persecution, fought for money and power, and the Church seemed dead …
7. Paisiy Svyatrets
– Tell us something, Geronda.
– What will I tell you?
– What does your heart tell you?
– My heart tells me this: "Take a knife, cut me into pieces, give them to people and then die."
It is from such brief and “simple” instructions that the legacy of Paisii Svyatogorts is perhaps the most esteemed old man of our time (he died in 1994).
6. Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov
Father Dmitry's sermons are “simple” (in the best sense of the word), “emotional” (in the best sense of the word), “immediate” (in the best sense of the word). This is the message of Christ in the midst of a great city. We just give a randomly taken excerpt from Father Dmitry’s sermon:
“We cannot influence this world with you. I can not get my parishioners to put their phones on the vibration, it is unrealistic. We have to endure that the phone is ringing in the temple in the middle of a sermon. But we can influence our reaction. I can scream about it, I can find it, I can throw it out of the temple by the ear, but I can bear it. And I weigh: which is better? From what I read in the Gospel for 45 years, I know that it is better to suffer, however difficult it may be. And every hour, every moment, a person must control what is inside him. And everyone chooses for himself what he has in his soul, to keep inside himself: either the grace of God, or, there, a feeling of revenge, or an idiotic sense of justice. Here is such a small person, and very so fair. And all my justice is exclusively for me. If they let me forward, this is fair, and if they say “you were not standing here,” then this is unfair.
We must always remember that we are Christians, and all our reactions to this life must be Christian. Well, is it good to live all the time in some kind of insults, in some discontent, in endless condemnation and eternal irritation? Well, are you happy about this, that everything around is not so that everything around is bad? Not. And what does it depend on? A depends on the point of view. Point of view from which you look – is it placed in heaven or in hell? Nobody punishes a person, just during the whole life each person chooses heaven or hell – this is an exclusively personal choice of a person. Whom that love. Do you want to live like a spider in a jar, in this endless squabbling – at home, at work, in vehicles, in dreams that also do not give rest, in front of the TV, where are the spiders, too, and you in this tangle? Or with Christ on Mount Tabor? ”
5. St. Ignatius (Bryanchaninov)
In Russia, St. Ignatius is probably the most revered of the church writers. Unprecedented clarity, sobriety, clarity, "chastity" of his spirituality, if I may say so, these are the features of his writings. All of this, of course, is the fundamental trait of Orthodox spirituality as such – seeking Christ, and not trouble; truths, not charms; genuine, not passionate.
Let us quote from the saint, where he “opened up” more than usual:
“How will I call you? How can I tell you about my brethren? How shall I give them the name of the Wanderer, dodging under the roof of my soul, dilapidated under the roof, having come to final destruction, open to gusty winds, to rain and snow, under the roof, only fit for the dumb fodder? What did you find in my heart, to which alternating sinful thoughts came alternately, entered it unhindered, found in it, as in a manger, as in a trough of pigs, tasty food of various passionate feelings? It seems to me: I know the name of my guest! but, looking at my impurity, I fear to utter a name. One unpredictable utterance of a great and all-holy name can be condemned! How much more terrible is the presence of Nameuemago!
But you are present! Your immeasurable goodness led You to a nasty sinner, so that a sinner, knowing the dignity and purpose of a person, tasted the most experience, saw a sensation, like the good God (Psalm XXXIII, 9), left the path of lawlessness, left the beloved blat of stinking passions, took care of acquiring purity of repentance, made your temple and dwelling.
How can I call the wandering one of me, the Wanderer soaring in me? How to call chudnago Guest, prishedshago comfort me in my exile, to heal from the disease incurable, remove iz abyss dark, bring on the Lord's green pasture, instruct the paths pravyya and holy, prishedshago again impenetrable veil which hitherto that spread out before mine eyes, covered me a great eternity and my God? How shall I call the Mentor, who proclaims to me a teaching about God, a new teaching and, at the same time, an ancient, Divine teaching, and not human? Will I call the Mentor the light? I do not see the light; but he enlightens my mind and my heart exceeded every word, above every earthly teaching, without words, with unspeakable speed, somehow strange — so express the inexpressible — with a touch to the mind, by action within the samago mind. Will I call him fire? – but He does not burn; on the contrary, it irrigates pleasantly and cools. He is a kind of cool voice (3 Kings. XIH, P2); but from Him 6, as from fire, all passion, every sinful thought. He does not utter any word, – he does not utter, and together he speaks, teaches, sings wonderful, mysterious, with inexpressible quietness, subtlety, changing, renewing the mind and the heart, listening to Him in silence, in a mental cage. He has no image, no appearance, nothing in Him is sensual. It is completely insubstantial, invisible, extremely thin: suddenly, unexpectedly, with unspeakable quietness, it is in the mind, in the heart, gradually spreads into the whole soul, into the whole body, seizes them, removes all sinful from them, stops the action of flesh and blood, connects the cut off parts of a human being in one, our whole being, which was scattered from a terrible fall, is whole, as a poor vessel is scattered from a fall. Who, seeing the creation, does not know the hand of the Creator, who has the power to create and build? ”
4. Clive Staples Lewis
Clive Staples Lewis is a native of Ireland, gained faith in adulthood. Tolkien's friend, who converted to Christianity, the author of the famous "Chronicles of Narnia" – classics of fantasy literature and the "Space Trilogy" – a similar work, but in a science fiction genre, as well as one of the best expositions of the Christian faith "Just Christianity."
Lewis is the author of many treatises and articles on various topics, surprising both in depth of thought and ease of reading: “Divorce” is a book that dispels many prejudices about the Christian understanding of Heaven and Hell; “Letters of Balamut” – “asceticism on the contrary”, the advice of a demon to his nephew – a novice tempter, a work written in a deceptively childish manner, but with striking force describing the spiritual path of the believer.
It seems that we have the largest collected works of Lewis in Runet, most of them are in audio format.
3. Professor Andrei Borisovich Zubov
Zubov’s lectures on religious studies can already be considered classical. His approach to the history of religion is distinguished by a systematic, sensitive and correct approach. Without violence and exaggeration, he tries to see the religious path of mankind in all its various forms as a path to Christ, and accordingly, a series of mistakes, distortions along the path.
2. Protodeacon Andrei Kuraev
Over the last year or two, the fame of Father Andrei went far beyond the church wall and acquired a somewhat ambiguous character. Let us give the floor to those who have loved and listened to it for many years before – our users:
"For the current generation with a secular education, which does not have proper catechesis and a normal concept of Christ and his Church, the lectures and books of Father Andrew are like a breath of Living Water."
“Everyone says that Father Andrei has a wonderful language, clear definitions and formulations, a thorough evidence base for any thesis – and this is true.”
“I am very grateful to Father Andrei for explaining faith on a highly intellectual level, allowing him to believe not blindly and fanatically, but intelligently and logically.”
“Wonderful interesting lectures! Thanks to Father Andrew! Even fascinated by parents and some friends. Now they ask to download and write more. ”
“Thanks to the Lord for sending us Kuraev”
"Who can compare with him?" Well, perhaps Osipov ”- that’s to Alexey Ilyich.
1. Professor Alexey Ilich Osipov
Lectures and books by Professor Osipov led to the faith of many, many; strengthened and clarified the faith of a huge number of Orthodox. His deep personal conviction in the truth of Christianity and good humor make his speeches so interesting and convincing. Alexey Ilyich inherits strict monastic spirituality – svt. Ignatius and Hegumen Nikon (as well as St. Fathers in general) – and how no one else can bring it to his contemporaries.
From the latest updates of our archive: two courses in Basic Theology – 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.
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