We have a Sts. Theophan the Recluse and Ignatius Brianchaninov Study Group at St. Nicholas. The group was meeting on Sunday morning after Liturgy, but we will restart the group virtually in February of 2022.
If you would like to join the group, use the contact form on this site and select “webmaster only” as the recipient.
Here you can find materials used by the group.
Past and Upcoming Readings (roughly in order):
- Introduction to the Study Group (please read first)
- Jesus Prayer 101 by St. Theophan
- Some Supplements:
- The Path of Prayer: Four Homilies on Prayer by St. Theophan:
- Unseen Warfare
- Homily on the Meeting of the Lord by St. Theophan. We will be looking at this when the group meets again.
Some summary texts on important topics:
- The Prayer Rule
- The Essence: Being Within
Here are a list of books in the order in which we will study them with Amazon links. Before you order these, please do the following first:
- Do you shop on Amazon? Then the next time you do, start by clicking on this Amazon link first.
- Or go to smile.amazon.com instead, and select St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Saratoga, CA as your charity. Then every time you use the smile site instead of the regular Amazon site, you make a donation to the church with every purchase!
Then click on the links below to order the books:
- The Spiritual Life and How to be Attuned to it by St. Theophan
- The Field: Cultivating Salvation by St. Ignaty
- Kindling the Divine Spark by St. Theophan (Only available used at the moment)
- The Arena: Guidelines for Spiritual and Monastic Life by St. Ignaty
- The Path to Salvation by St. Theophan: This is his magnum opus!
- The Refuge: Anchoring the Soul to God by St. Ignaty
- On the Prayer of Jesus by St. Ignaty