Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Read-Along: The Epistle to the Hebrews

Dear Students and Friends,

Our first Read-Along this year is in the book, "The Epistle to the Hebrews, High Priest in Heaven," by Fr Lawrence Farley.

Join us virtually as we study Hebrews with the help of teacher Lee at St Luke Church. You may get the book here on Amazon and then complete the lessons (posted on the Read-Along tab at the top of this website) to go along with the book.

Current lessons cover chapters 1-4 in Hebrews. You'll be blessed by this holy epistle. Please read along with us!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Virtual Book Club for "The Struggle for Virtue"

Dear Students and Friends,

If you are reading the book, "The Struggle for Virtue" by Archbishop Averky, you can join in an ongoing discussion of the book on Goodreads sponsored by Holy Trinity Publications! The "virtual book club" has just started, so grab the book, start reading, and post your comments to the club!

Here's what Holy Trinity Publications says about their club:

"Holy Trinity Publications invites you to join us in reading and discussing The Struggle for Virtue: Asceticism in a Modern Secular Society by the ever-memorable Archbishop Averky of Syracuse and Holy Trinity Monastery. We've began reading and will cover each short chapter over the course of one week. Our book club is hosted onGoodreads, a social networking site designed for readers to share their love of books. It's very easy to become a member if you're not already registered.

Struggle for Virtue is available in paperback or ePub editions directly from Holy Trinity Publications or from any good bookstore or online bookseller. The Kindle edition must be ordered from Amazon.

We hope you'll join us for this mutually enriching study of one of the 20th centuries most prolific Russian fathers!"
May your reading be blessed!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Welcome back to the School of the 70!

Dear Students and Friends,

Welcome back to the 2014-2015 term!

We will begin by studying Asceticism. We will be reading out of two main books. Questions and discussion (via comments) will be posted weekly.

Our two books are:

  • Way of the Ascetics, by Tito Colliander. St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1960.
  • The Struggle for Virtue: Asceticism in a Modern Secular Society, by Archbishop Averky (Taushev). Holy Trinity Publications, 2014.

What is asceticism? Is it just for monks and clergy, or is it for "ordinary people," too? The answers may surprise you.

To participate, acquire the two books listed above. Questions and discussion will be posted this Friday, September 5, and each Tuesday and Friday through the end of October.

While you wait for the books to arrive, please check out these definitions of asceticism:


  • What does asceticism mean to you?
  • What does the Church say about asceticism?

Come back on Friday for questions and discussion!