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We hope you enjoy the offerings of our bookstore and giftshop! Items are continuously being added, so check back frequently. Currently, the price of each item already includes shipping, handling and CA state tax (if appropriate). You will not be charged an additional fee for S&H during checkout. If you are ordering from outside the US, email us for international shipping rates. Thank you for visiting us!


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Book: The Orthodox Way, by Metropolitan KallistosBook: The Orthodox Way, by Metropolitan Kallistos

An excellent companion to Bishop Kallistos's book The Orthodox Church, this book discusses the spiritual life of the Christian and sets forth basic issues of theology as a way of life for the follower of Christ.

Book: The Priest's Service BookBook: The Priest's Service Book

The Priest's Service Book: Expanded and Supplemented: The Daily Offices

Book: The Religion of the Russian People, by Pierre PascalBook: The Religion of the Russian People, by Pierre PascalA lively study of Russian popular religion in the period of the great nineteenth-century novels, the last days of the Empire and the advent of the Revolution. Explores the Russian people's deep attachment to ritual and tradition.
Book: The Rest of the Bible, by Theron MathisBook: The Rest of the Bible, by Theron Mathis
An engaging and well-written introduction to all of the lesser known and read books of the Bible: the Readables, as St. Athanasius called them. Acquaint yourself with these books of Holy Scripture that the early Church Fathers accepted as canonical and which were universally accepted for the first 1,500 years of Christianity.
Book: The Royal Passion-Bearers of Russia: Their Life and ServiceBook: The Royal Passion-Bearers of Russia: Their Life and ServicePrice includes shipping.
Book: The Sayings of the Desert FathersBook: The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

`Give me a word, Father', visitors to early desert monks asked. The responses of these pioneer ascetics were remembered and in the fourth century written down in Coptic, Syriac, Greek, and later Latin. Their Sayings were collected, in this case in the alphabetical order of the monks and nuns who uttered them, and read by generations of Christians as life-giving words that would help readers along the path to salvation.


Book: The Scent of Holiness, by Constantina PalmerBook: The Scent of Holiness, by Constantina PalmerLessons from life in a women's monastery in Greece. Accessible and enjoyable.
Book: The Sign of the Cross: the gesture, the mystery, the historyBook: The Sign of the Cross: the gesture, the mystery, the history

“The book succeeds at translating the significance of the sign of the Cross into something personal and immediate.”

                                    -Publishers Weekly

Book: The Spiritual FatherBook: The Spiritual FatherPrayer to Find a Spiritual Father: "O Lord, who desirest not the death of a sinner but that he should turn and live, Thou who didst come down to earth in order to restore life to those lying dead through sin and in order to make them worthy of seeing Thee the true light as far as that is possible to man, send me a man who knows Thee, so that in serving him and subjecting myself to him with all my strength, as to Thee, and in doing Thy will in his, I may please Thee the only true God, and so that even I, a sinner, may be worthy of Thy Kingdom".
Book: The Truth of our Faith, by Elder Cleopa VOLUMES 1 AND 2Book: The Truth of our Faith, by Elder Cleopa VOLUMES 1 AND 2

Discourses from Holy Scripture on the Tenets of Christian Orthodoxy

  • Includes a short biography of the elder and a scriptural index
  • Enriched with 29 photos & icons

2 volumes
Book: The Watchful Mind: Teachings on the Prayer of the HeartBook: The Watchful Mind: Teachings on the Prayer of the Heart
Book: The Way to Nicaea, by Fr. John BehrBook: The Way to Nicaea, by Fr. John Behr

Professor Behr does not take refuge in easy answers and his Orthodoxy is radical not conservative... This is, therefore, a demanding book, requiring of its readers careful attention: but such attention will be richly repaid.

-- Andrew Louth, from the Foreword

Book: The Way, by Clark CarltonBook: The Way, by Clark Carlton
Archbishop DMITRI of Dallas:
"I recommend The Way to seekers of the truth, to Protestants or Roman Catholics who are trying to find their way to the Faith of the Apostles and to those Orthodox who have not fully understood why their Church makes the claims that it does."
Book: The World of the Desert FathersBook: The World of the Desert FathersA slim volume packed with ancient Christian wisdom.

These stories and sayings of the Desert Fathers, in a translation by Columba Stewart, give insights into a tradition where words have a resonance beyond their surface meaning. They are intended to lead the reader further along the way of Christ. Columba Stewart provides an introduction to each section to help us understand the world of the early monks.

Book: The Year of Grace of the LordBook: The Year of Grace of the LordThe Author:"A Monk of the Eastern Church" is the well-known pseudonym for Father Lev Gillet (1893-1980), who authored numerous volumes of biblical and spiritual reflections. United to the Orthodox Church in 1928, Father Lev Gillet was deeply imbued with Eastern monastic spirituality. In 1948 he was appointed chaplain to the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius, dedicated to the work of Christian unity.
Book: These Truths We HoldBook: These Truths We HoldWritten by a monk of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Monastery. These Truths We Hold is an extensive work, and is perhaps, one of the most complete English-language catechisms for those entering the Orthodox Faith or those who want to broaden their knowledge of what the Orthodox Church teaches. These Truths We Hold also makes a great group study book for the family or parish.
Book: Thirst for Love and Truth: Encounters of Orthodox Theology and Psychological ScienceBook: Thirst for Love and Truth: Encounters of Orthodox Theology and Psychological ScienceAuthor: Fr. Vasileios Thermos
Book: Thoughts for Each Day of the Year according to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of GodBook: Thoughts for Each Day of the Year according to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of Godby St. Theophan the Recluse. Translated from the Russian by Lisa Marie Baranov. Short writings on the daily readings (or Feast) arranged chronologically. Excellent food for thought on a daily basis, each one being one page or less. Scriptural and topical index. 307 pages, softcover.
Book: Toward a Eucharistic Vision of Church, Family, Marriage & SexBook: Toward a Eucharistic Vision of Church, Family, Marriage & Sex

THE AUTHOR describes this work as “an ‘apologetic’ essay that aims to ground sex and marriage in the Church’s understanding of the Eucharist.'” Sex and Eucharist in one essay?! Certainly, no other topics could seem more divergent, even opposed, yet LeMasters claims to see sex—and all aspects of human relationships—as essentially revealed and fulfilled in the Church gathered around Christ’s table. “What has sometimes been neglected in discussions of the Eucharist,” he says, “is its moral import for the daily lives of believers. Theologians have been long on the sacrament’s doctrine and liturgy, but what does the celebration of the Eucharist say about and require of those who take it?” Writing as an Orthodox Christian w

Book: Treasure-house of Mysteries: Explorations of the Sacred Text through Poetry in the Syriac TraditionBook: Treasure-house of Mysteries: Explorations of the Sacred Text through Poetry in the Syriac Tradition
Translated by Sebastian Brock. Excellent translation of the poems of the early Syriac tradition which explore the deeper spiritual meanings of the biblical text with great insight.
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