Orthodox Literary Growth Advocates, with its natural outgrowth, OLGA Press, was formed in response to a mutual desire to share with other hungry Orthodox what had taken us decades to uncover: Orthodox culture, instruction, formation—in English.
Why are these things—the bare basics, really—so hard to find in parish life?
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Coming from various jurisdictions and parts of the United States, our experiences were dishearteningly similar. We had started, organized, catalogued, and donated to individual church libraries. The shelves looked pretty, inviting, sometimes even impressive.
The books sit on the shelves unread.
Hungry Orthodox Christian Reader takes these books off the shelf and opens them up, sampling their varied contents for a general audience. Readers who hunger for greater understanding of Orthodoxy can find out what treasures lie hidden within those fat, strangely titled books, discover types of writings they may never have heard of, and gain an introductory familiarity with the Holy Fathers.
The book’s articles range from the second century to modern day, reflect a plurality of nationalities, and highlight their contemporary publishers and various formats. They are short enough for general consumption but long enough to provide a real taste and sense of the sources.
It is the hope of Orthodox Literary Growth Advocates that the solid Orthodox sources represented in this collection will no longer remain “hidden” and unknown but become mainstream, household, everyday reading, contemplation, habit, nourishment, and precious belonging for all English-speaking Orthodox.
St Olga was (is) brilliant and beautiful. After her husband, Grand Prince Igor, had been assassinated by the Slavs of Volhynie, she ruled the Principality of Kiev with wisdom and mercy. She cultivated peace among the Slavic tribes, centralized power (thereby securing safety from neighboring hostiles), and encouraged commerce and civilization. She accepted the Faith of Christ and traveled to Constantinople to receive Baptism. Returning with priests, sacred texts, and holy icons, she preached Christ throughout the land. Although her son Svyatoslav remained a pagan, she educated his three sons, of whom St Vladimir (July 15) became Equal to the Apostles and Enlightener of the Slavs. St Olga reposed in peace in 969 (July 11).
As St Olga nurtured the seeds of Christianity in Russia, so may she further the flowering of Orthodoxy in America!