The above warning was given to me when I first met Orthodoxy in 1986. Today [2009] it is even more perilous, even more difficult to find the Royal Path. For one thing there is a far greater abundance of misinformation. And many materials are missing, and other materials are being rapidly rewritten. For another thing there are fewer than ever guides remaining on the Royal Path, especially who speak English. Hopefully this website will be a place where Newcomers to the Faith can keep at least one foot on solid ground, while they are "exploring."

blog owner: Joanna Higginbotham


jurisdiction: ROCA under Vladyka Agafangel

who did not submit to the RocorMP union in 2007


26 July 2015

About Lives of Saints

St. John Kronstadt Press

On the home page just to the right of the search box, is a drop-down menu.  

Select "Lives of Saints" from the drop-down menu.
and also "Collected Lives of Saints

SJKP is a safe place to find Orthodox reading materials.  I caution folks to avoid lives of neo-saints who are not yet canonized by the Sister Churches.  Some of them are pseudo-saints and never will be recognized by the Sister Churches.  You won't find any of them in the SJKP catalogue.

If you are considering ordering the two-volume Prologue of Ochrid, be aware that it has been put online in a few places.   You can go check it out and make sure you want to own the hardcopies.   Consider that for the same amount of money you could have 2 volumes from this 14 volume set – which in my opinion is a better investment:

Great Synaxaristes of the Orthodox Church
Volumes I thru XIV
each volume is $55 + $5 shipping = $60
Discounts are offered by some sellers if you purchase the whole set at one time.   Before spending the money on any whole set, maybe ask Fr. Gregory of SKJP for advice.

The Synaxarion collections are good for an overview of the different ways to sanctity from all walks of life.  World-Orthodoxy focuses on the saints who were obedient, guileless and non-judgmental even under abuse.  Super-corrects focus on confessors who fiercely judged the graceless enemy heretics.  Not all saints were martyred, many died peaceful holy deaths.  It is good to read a variety and not get focused on one kind only.

Also an important collection of lives is Russia's Catacomb Saints.  This book is out of print for reasons to do with deceitful shameful Church politics.  Please download a copy to help preserve this book, and print out a copy for your home library and parish library. 

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