Book Discussion Group


Grand Duchess Elizabeth

On February 2, 2014 we discussed “The Life of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth” by Lubov Millar.

Read about the edifying and spirited discussion here

Excerpt from a letter of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth:

“… In my life I had so much joy – in my sorrows so much boundless comfort, that I long to give a little of that to others. I could write pages and pages, and yet it is difficult to put on paper all I feel. I long to thank and thank every minute for all God gave me and long to bring Him my feeble gratitude by serving Him and His suffering children.”

View rarely seen photographs of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth from the British Archives.

Download copy of Life of Grand Duchess Elizabeth

The following is a list of past titles we have read:

 Touchstone / July 2005

“A few words, written with love and pain of heart, concerning the heresy of our times and true Orthodoxy commissioned by the Holy Convent of the Annunciation of the Theotokos, Oinussai, Chios, 1976”

Available for download at

Elder Joseph of Optina / October 2005

A Night in the Desert of the Holy Mountain / February 2006

Conversations with an Athonite hermit

Selected chapters available online at

Papa Nicholas Planas, 1851-1932: The Simple Shepherd of the Simple Sheep

June 2006

An example of the ‘living tradition’ of Orthodoxy (ref. HTM forward)

Saint Arsenios of Cappadocia / November 2006

Set against the backdrop of the ‘exchange of populations’ which witnessed over a million people forcibly expelled from Turkey to begin new lives as refuges in Greece.

Elder Ieronymous / September 2007

Audio file of discussion by Father Panteleimon available upon request

Tamama – The Missing Girl of Pontos / April 2007

Details six years of systematic national cleansing and genocide against the Greek population of the western part of the Black sea area, from 1912 to 1922, while the eastern part was occupied by the Russians.

‘Waiting for the Clouds’ is a movie based on the book that we screened at Saint Anna’s.

2008 Renovations at Saint Anna’s – no book discussion group dates

Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene / June 2009

The life and Martyrdom of the Holy Hieromartyrs Raphael, Nicholas and Irene of Lesbos. The Prologue written by Photios Kontoglou

Against False Union / October 2010

Audio file of discussion led by Metropolitan Ephraim at available upon request

Archbishop John Maximovitch, Orthodox Word / Sept 2011