Spiritual Reading for Great Lent

A good discipline to develop during Great Lent is to devote oneself to more spiritual reading. First, one should devote more time to reading Holy Scripture.

Many other great books and spiritual classics are also available online.

Here are some links to good reading material – in case you don’t have enough to read!

Here they are,  from various sources on the web:

New Testament (pdf download from the Eastern Orthodox Bible)

Old Testament (Brenton’s Translation of the LXX)

Old Testament (New English Translation of the LXX)

The Apostolic Fathers (Vol. 1) Kirsopp Lake, translator

The Apostolic Fathers (Vol. 2) Kirsopp Lake, translator

The Early Christian Fathers (Bettenson)

The Philokalia — The Complete Text

St. John of Karpathos

St. Mark the Ascetic

The Paradise of the Holy Fathers (Vol. 1)

The Paradise of the Holy Fathers (Vol. 2)

Life of St. Antony by St. Athanasius

Life of St. Mary of Egypt by St. Sophronius

Vitae Patrum : Lives of the Desert Fathers

Selections from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers

St. Gregory of Narek

Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith by St. John of Damascus

The Path to Salvation by St. Theophan the Recluse

The Conversation in the Snow with St. Seraphim of Sarov

The Way of the Ascetics by Tito Colliander

Letters of Elder Macarius of Optina

Indication of the Way into the Kingdom of Heaven by St Innocent of Moscow

A Treasury of Russian Spirituality by G. P. Fedotov

A History of Monastic Spirituality by Luc Bresard

Father Kosmos – Apostle of the Poor

The Jesus Prayer by Fr. Lev Gillet

The Struggle with God by Paul Evdokimov

The Deep Meaning of Fasting by Matthew the Poor

The Glory of God Hidden in His Creatures by Olivier Clement

Martyrdom: Death and Resurrection by Olivier Clement

The Face of Christ in the Old Testament (Selections) by George Barrois

The Message of the Bible (Selections) by George Cronk

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3 Responses to Spiritual Reading for Great Lent

  1. [...] take a break from the philosophy of science and think about Lent. With full permission from Orthocath, below is his post on readings that will both help improve your Lenten observance and help deepen [...]

  2. Else says:

    What a fantastic list! Thank you for sharing it!

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