A Modern-Day Monk Living in the Clouds

There are a variety of kinds of Orthodox Christian monasticism. Some monks live in monasteries with hundreds of fellow monastics; some live in small sketes; others live in extreme isolation as hermits.

Throughout the history of the Church, there have even been a variety of types of hermits who live out their solitude in different kinds of extreme locations: sealed in their cells, locked up in tombs, hidden in a cave in the middle of the desert.

A particularly famous type of hermit is the “stylites” or pillar-dwelling monk. Stylites were particularly popular in late antique Syria, where they exercised great spiritual authority and attracted thousands of pilgrims.

In the Republic of Georgia, a modern-day monk is returning to those ancient practices, living atop the Katskhi Pillar, itself a site of monastic life centuries ago. Check out the YouTube video above, which is an extended clip from a documentary currently seeking full funding before final production. As the description puts it:

In the Republic of Georgia, a monk has been rebuilding an ancient chapel and hermitage atop a 140 foot rock outcrop near the village of Katskhi. He hopes to become the first Stylite there since the Ottoman Turk invasion six hundred years ago. This film is the prologue for “The Stylite”, a feature length project still in development.

More information about the film is available here.

Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network.  You can find the Orthodox Christian Network on Google+.

written by
Seraphim Danckaert is Director of Development at OCN. He holds…
Related Posts

Greetings in the Lord!

With the support of people like you, the Orthodox Christian Network is making a measurable difference in reaching the younger generations. Here are just a few facts about our ministry’s success:

The Orthodox Christian Network is the largest Orthodox Internet presence in the world—by far! Our programs are shared with 500,000 OCN Facebook fans every day. 74% of them are 35 or younger. 38% are 24 or younger.

Help us take advantage of this tremendous success and expand our ministry over the summer. With one week left, we’ve almost reached our Summer Fundraising Goal! But we need your support TODAY to reach $15,000

Donate to our 10 Cent A Day Campaign and your gift will go toward reaching 10 new people around the world. 100% of your donation goes to mission, with 0% to overhead.

On behalf of all of the Orthodox Christian Network, we thank you for 20 years of support for our beloved ministry.

Rev. Dr. Christopher Metropulos, Orthodox Christian Network Executive Director

     Click Here »