Vol. 1 The Serbian People as Servant of God
One might get the impression that this series is only of interest to Serbs, but it is not true. This first volume contains 99 brief meditations by St. Nikolai Velimirovic on the action of God’s Providence in the history of the Serbian people. Serb’s frequently define themselves by their faithfulness to their Orthodox faith. And this makes the work useful to all who seek to live as Orthodox Christians in a difficult world. Add to that, St. Nikolai’s reputation as a “Golden Tongue.”–The only saint since St. John Chrysostom to be given this title. His writings are deep, insightful and yet simple–thereby accessible and useful to the very learned and the simple–such a rare quality for any writer to cultivate. This first volume is certainly addressed to Serbs to remind them of their history and their destiny as servants of God. Here is a destiny we all need to tie ourselves into.
Vol. 2 The Faith of Chosen People
This volume reflects on the Nicene Creed, phrase by phrase. It is an excellent book for an inquirers class or for any catechism class. Certainly it is addressed to adult Orthodox Christians in the mellifluous voice of the Golden-tongued St. Nikolai. This book is also written in a series of meditations intended to inspire and provide apologetic tools.
Vol. 3: The Mystery and Meaning of the Battle of Kosovo
What kind of a people defines themselves and their meaning by a military defeat? This volume focuses on the Life, Testament and the moral and spiritual Victory of Tsar Lazar. Written by St. Nikolai Velimirovich and St. Justin Popovich.
Vol. 4 The Struggle for Faith
Writings by St. Nikolai Velimirovich and Archim. Justin Popovich. Five essays by St. Nikolai and six by Fr. Justin. Full of Wisdom, and thus satisfying to the hungry soul.
Vol. 5 Prayers by the LakeBy St. Nikolai Velimirovich
Until recently this was the crown of this series. It has long been popular. St. Nikolai gives a series of 100 meditations written by Lake Ochrid in the year 1921-22. They are full of wisdom and insight.
Here is a little bite:
“I once watched a chicken on top of a blackboard running around inside a circle that had been drawn on it with white chalk. I watched him for a long time as he ran to and fro and hesitated to jump over the white line, which he probable perceived to be a living creature or a high wall.
“This is like my soul, I said in sorrow, when she thinks she is cut off from her freedom either by some mighty giants or by frightful towering walls. In actual fact, between her prison and her freedom there exists only an imaginary line thinner than a hair….”
It would be a shame to miss this one.