Saint Silouan, the Athonite

Author: Sofronij (archimandrita),Archimandrite Sofroniĭ

Publisher: RSM Press

ISBN: 9780881411959

Category: Religion

Page: 504

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Part I is a remarkable account of St Silouan's life, personality and teaching. Part II consists of St Silouan's writings, which he had laboriously penciled on odd scraps of paper, expressing an authentic personal experience of Christianity identical with that of the early Desert Fathers.

Mount Athos, the Sacred Bridge

Author: Dimitri Conomos,Dimitri E. Conomos,Graham Speake

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039100644

Category: Religion

Page: 250

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Most of the papers included in this volume were first presented at a conference convened by the Friends of Mount Athos at Madingley Hall, Cambridge, in 2003. Mount Athos is the principal surviving centre of Orthodox monasticism and the spiritual heart of the Orthodox world. The aims of the conference were to draw attention to the historic importance, the spirituality, and the religious legacy of the Holy Mountain and to shed light on the contribution made by Athonite monasticism not only to worldwide Orthodoxy but also to Christianity at large. Many of the papers focus on particular individuals who from the fourteenth century to the twentieth have exemplified the spiritual traditions of Athos and whose memory as spiritual fathers, confessors, and ascetics continues to inspire their successors today.

The Patristic Witness of Georges Florovsky

Author: Georges Florovsky

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567603563

Category: Religion

Page: 392

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Georges Florovsky (1893-1979) was one of the most prominent Orthodox theologians and ecumenists of the twentieth century. His call for a return to patristic writings as a source of modern theological reflection had a powerful impact not only on Orthodox theology in the second half of the twentieth century, but on Christian theology in general. Florovsky was also a major Orthodox voice in the ecumenical movement for four decades and he is one of the founders of the World Council of Churches. This book is a collection of major theological writings by George Florovsky. It includes representative and widely influential but now largely inaccessible texts, many newly translated for this book, divided into four thematic sections: Creation, Incarnation and Redemption, The Nature of Theology, Ecclesiology and Ecumenism, and Scripture, Worship and Eschatology. A foreword by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware presents the theological vision of Georges Florovsky and discusses the continuing relevance of his work both for Orthodox theology and for modern theology in general. The introduction by the Editors provides a theological and historical overview of Florovsky theology in teh context of his biography. The book includes explanatory notes, translation of patrisitc citations and an index.

Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration

Author: John Chryssavgis,Bruce V. Foltz,Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 0823251446

Category: Nature

Page: 487

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Can Orthodox Christianity offer unique spiritual resources especially suited to the environmental concerns of today? This book makes the case that yes, it can. In addition to being the first substantial and comprehensive collection of essays, in any language, to address environmental issues from the Orthodox point of view, this volume with contributions from the most highly influential theologians and philosophers in contemporary world Orthodoxy will engage a wide audience, in academic as well as popular circles--resonating not only with Orthodox audiences but with all those in search of a fresh approach to environmental theory and ethics that can bring the resources of ancient spirituality to bear on modern challenges.


Author: Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou

Publisher: Patriarchal Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist Essex, UK


Category: Religion

Page: 470

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The truly charismatic monk flees any honour as fire, knowing that it will extinguish the flame of love for God burning in his heart and stop the current of the divine will from flowing through him and guiding him. He would rather do everything to remain hidden from the eyes of this world so as not to be seen by men, but to be under the gaze of God’s eyes alone, ‘who seeth in secret and rewardeth openly.’ Neither does he seek consolation or support from this world but puts his only hope in the Lord, ‘which hope he has as an anchor of his soul’, leading him into that which is ‘within the veil.’

A History of the Athonite Commonwealth

Author: Graham Speake

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1108425860

Category: History

Page: 308

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Explores the role played by Athos in the spread of Orthodoxy and Orthodox monasticism throughout Eastern Europe and beyond.

At the Doors of Holy Lent

Author: Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou

Publisher: Patriarchal Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist Essex, UK


Category: Religion

Page: 362

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During the period before the Triodion and the Sundays which mark its beginning, the Church sets forth before our eyes various lessons through the Gospel readings: the grateful Leper, the Blind Man of Jericho, Zacchaeus, the good and faithful Servant of the ‘Talents’, the Canaanite woman, the Publican, the Prodigal Son and the Righteous on Judgment Day. Through some word, or deed, or attitude, these people all attracted God’s gaze upon them. They became the target of His visitation and traversed centuries in an instant. These suffering souls, who had withered away either because of sin or because of not knowing the true God, came into the presence of the Lord and ‘a spiritual sun, the name of which is persona’, began to rise in them. Their attitude and their words are concrete examples of a right presentation before the Holy of Holies. In this way, the Church guides us, knowing the struggle which we are encouraged to undertake in order to find our deep heart, so that we may also become persons in the sight of our Creator and Judge, and targets of His visitation. Yet, the Church also knows our desire not to fail to enter into the presence of the Risen Lord. The path is trodden. The constant principles are laid out with clarity, and we must keep them in our conscience as our polar star, as pearls of great price. We must embrace them so that they may render our labours fruitful not only during Great Lent, but also throughout our lives.


Author: Archimandrite Ephraim of Vatopaidi,Nikolaos Loudovikos,Zacharias Archimandrite,Peter Archimandrite,Hieromonk Nikolai Sakharov,Georgios I. Mantzaridis,Gabriela Nun



Category: Religion

Page: 104

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I think that fr Sophrony’s theology has greatly contributed, in our times, to edify a Christian anthropology, which while respecting the Patristic tradition, at the same time expresses itself in a uniquely personal contemporary way. And even more than that: St Sophrony became himself a living flame of God’s Grace, by realising in himself this analogical consubstantiality described above. (From the Editorial) Contents: 1. The Dialogue of Elder Sophrony with his generation within his biography of Saint Silouan, ARCHIMANDRITE ZACHARIAS, 2. Theology as a Spiritual State in the life and the writings of St Sophrony the Athonite, ARCHIMANDRITE PETER, 3. Godforsakenness according to St Sophrony the Athonite, ARCHIMANDRITE EPHRAIM, 4. St Sophrony’s ‘Testament’: The Trinity as a model for monastic community, HIEROMONK NIKOLAI SAKHAROV, 5. The experience of temporality according to St Sophrony, GEORGIOS I. MANTZARIDIS, 6. Ecstasy as Descent: The Palamite and Maximian bedrock of the theology of St Sophrony, NIKOLAOS LOUDOVIKOS, 7. St Sophrony’s image of Christ in a liturgical perspective, NUN GABRIELA

Gifts of the Desert

Author: Kyriacos C. Markides

Publisher: Doubleday

ISBN: 030742359X

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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In Kyriacos C. Markides’s newest book, Eastern Orthodox mysticism meets Western Christianity as the internationally renowned author takes readers on a deep journey back in time to unveil the very roots of authentic spirituality. In his previous book The Mountain of Silence, Markides introduced us to the essential spiritual nature of Eastern Orthodoxy in a series of lively conversations with Father Maximos, the widely revered charismatic Orthodox bishop and former abbot of the isolated monastery on Mount Athos. In Gifts of the Desert, Markides continues his examination of Easter Orthodox mystical teachings and practices and captures its living expression through visits to monasteries and hermitages in Greece and America and interviews with contemporary charismatic elders, both male and female. Markides’s pursuit of a deeper understanding of Orthodoxy takes him to the deserts of Arizona and a stay at a new monastery in Sedona; to the island of Cyprus and a reunion with Father Maximos; on a pilgrimage to holy shrines aboard a cruise ship in the Aegean Sea; and finally to the legendary Mount Athos, home to more than two thousand Orthodox monks. Markides relates his journey and reflections in a captivating style while providing important background material and information on historical events to give readers a highly accessible, in-depth portrait of a tradition little known in the West. Gifts of the Desert will appeal to a wide range of people, from Christians seeking insights into their religion and its various expressions to scholars interested in learning more about the mystical way of life and wisdom that have been preserved on Mount Athos since the fall of the Byzantine Empire and the Great Schism that separated the Eastern and Western Churches. Perhaps most important, however, is the bridge it offers contemporary readers to a Christian life that is balanced between the worldly and the spiritual.