Category Archives: St. Anthony of Optina

Born: 9 March 1795, town of Romanov, Yaroslavl province, Russia
Reposed: 7 August 1865 at Optina Monastery
Feast: 7 August; 11 August (Optina Elders)

St. Anthony of Optina: You should be afraid not of cholera . . .

Icon of St. Anthony of Optina“You should be afraid not of cholera, but of serious sins, for the scythe of death mows a person down like grass even without cholera. Therefore, place all your hope in the Lord God, without Whose will even the birds do not die, much less a person.”

+ St. Anthony of Optina, Living Without Hypocrisy: Spiritual Counsels of the Holy Elders of Optina

Canon of St. Andrew: Where shall I begin to lament the deeds of my wretched life? . . .

Icon of St. Andrew of CreteWhere shall I begin to lament the deeds of my wretched life? What first-fruit shall I offer, O Christ, for my present lamentation? But in Thy compassion grant me release from my falls.

Come, wretched soul, with your flesh, confess to the Creator of all. In future refrain from your former brutishness, and offer to God tears in repentance.

+ The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, Mon 1.1-2
Text of the Canon

St. Anthony of Optina: Of course, it would be easier to get to paradise with a full stomach . . .

Lying in a Soft Bed“Of course, it would be easier to get to paradise with a full stomach, all snuggled up in a soft feather-bed, but what is required is to carry one’s cross along the way, for the kingdom of God is not attained by enduring one or two troubles, but many!”

+ St. Anthony of Optina

St. Anthony of Optina: No matter what bitterness has befallen you . . .

Photo of St. Anthony of OptinaNo matter what bitterness has befallen you, no matter what unpleasantness has happened to you, say, “I shall endure this for Jesus Christ!” and it will be easier for you. For the name of Jesus Christ is powerful. Through it all unpleasantness is calmed, and demons disappear. Your disappointments will also be calmed and you pusillanimity will be quieted.”

— St. Anthony of Optina