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THE GERONTAS – The Spiritual Father (or Elder)
Guidance for the Orthodox Spiritual Life

LINKS: Resources for Readers, Liturgists, Clergy and Spiritual Fathers
LINKS: Educational Resources for Chanters

The Spiritual Father (Gerontas, Starets, Elder)

Finding a Spiritual Father

What is the Role of a Spiritual Father?

The Spiritual Father in Orthodox Christianity


The Orthodox Mindset (Greek: Phrónema)

Acquiring an Orthodox Christian Mind

Acquiring an Orthodox Mindset: Introduction

Phronema the Lifeblood of Orthodoxy - By Bishop Thomas Joseph and Peter Schweitzer

BOOK: Thinking Orthodox: Understanding and Acquiring the Orthodox Christian Mind [Amazon]

Domestic Prayer



The Fasting Rule of the Orthodox Church [archived page]

Fasting - Orthodox Wiki

Fasting in the Orthodox Church

Orthodox Fasting - Questions & Answers - Orthodox Church in America

On Abstaining From The Eucharist


A Note on Frequency of Confession, Absolution and Communion [PDF flyer]

Preparation for ConfessionThe same article prepared as a PDF flyer
An expanded PDF version of the same article: Confession and Fasting During the Great Lent

The General Confession

The Canon of Repentence to Our Lord Jesus Christ

Canon of Supplication to the Most Holy Mother of God at the Confession of a Sinner

Preparation for Holy Communion

Preparation for Holy Communion - YouTube

Church Rules for Confession and Holy Communion

The Canons and Pre-Communion Prayers

The Cell Rule Canons (I): The Original Cell Rule Canons: The Canon of Compunction to Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Thanksgiving Canon to the Theotokos, and the Canon to the Guardian Angel. Following the 6th Ode is the Akathist to Sweetest Jesus and the Akathist to the Theotokos.

The Cell Rule Canons (II): Alternate Cell Rule Canons: The Canon of Repentance to Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Small Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos, and the Canon to the Guardian Angel.

The Order of Preparation for Holy Communion

The Post-Communion Prayers


Observing the Great Feasts and Other Holy Days

The spiritual way - John Chryssavgis [PDF]

Acedia: the lost name for the emotion we’re all feeling right now