The Holy Monastery of Iviron is dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin

The Holy Monastery of Iviron is dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin

Monk Chariton of Karoulia   The monastery was founded in 980 by the Iberian noble and distinguished general John Thornic, who essentially enlarged and renamed the old monastery of Clementos granted to him by the emperor Basil II. Of this earlier monastery’s only part of the katholikon seems to have...

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Saint Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

Saint Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

Georgios Martzelos Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite was one of the greatest figures on Mount Athos in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was born on Naxos in 1749, and his baptismal name was Nikolaos. He received his elementary education on his native island, going on to the Evangelical...

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Saint Athanasios the Athonite

Saint Athanasios the Athonite

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   According to his biography, St Athanasios hailed from the east, from Trapezounta. After concluding his education- as a teacher of literature- while still very young he was touched by the Divine Grace. He forsaken the world and espoused monasticism under the guidance of his uncle...

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Variations in the Spiritual Life (Teachings from Athos)

Variations in the Spiritual Life (Teachings from Athos)

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Even though we’re in the season of winter, we had a fine day yesterday, with lots of sunshine. We felt the weather had taken a turn for the better, and then today it changed again and we’ve got turbulence. We can’t get out to do...

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How the monks on the Holy Mountain make kollyva

How the monks on the Holy Mountain make kollyva

I.M. Hatzifotis   Separate memorial services are not held for monks on the Holy Mountain. Together with the kollyva for the Saint, a small saucer of kollyva is prepared for the departed. Abbots over the last 100 years are commemorated, as are priest and monks over the last thirty. Kollyva...

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Archimandrite Agathangelos Mikhaïlidis-Xenofontinos (1908-1991)

Archimandrite Agathangelos Mikhaïlidis-Xenofontinos (1908-1991)

Elder Moses the Athonite Athanasios Mikhailidis, as he was known in the world, was born in 1908, in Cappadocia, in the village of Moutalaski, to Victoria and Michael Mikhailidis. The village that Blessed Savvas the Sanctified was from. As he himself said, his childhood was marked by great poverty, loss...

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Elder Symeon, Abbot of Grigoriou Monastery (+1905)

Elder Symeon, Abbot of Grigoriou Monastery (+1905)

Monk Moïsis   A man blessed by God, Spyridon Angelidis, as he was before his tonsure, was born in Tripoli in the Peloponnese in 1830. In 1852 he arrived at the Monastery of Ayiou Pavlou with three friends. According to Abbot Serafeim, who died in 1960: ‘Casting off all secular...

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Hieromonk Neofytos from Vatopedi (1876-3 April 1967)

Hieromonk Neofytos from Vatopedi (1876-3 April 1967)

Elder Moses the Athonite   Agathangelos Theokharoudis, as he was known before becoming a monk, was born in 1876 to his parents, Dimitrios and Anastasia, in Gomati, Halkidiki. In 1892, he arrived at the ancient and beautiful Vatopedan Kelli of the Great Martyr Prokopios, whose hand was kept there as...

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Elder Arsenios Spileotis (1886-1983)

Elder Arsenios Spileotis (1886-1983)

Elder Arsenios Spileotis (1886-1983), fellow struggler for more than 40 years with Saint Elder Joseph the Hesychast ( 1897-1959) It is not easy to describe in a few pages the life and works of a great ascetic of the might of blessed Elder Arsenios. He was born in Pontos. While...

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Monk Iakovos: “Holy Mountain’s Psaltic Tradition”

Monk Iakovos: “Holy Mountain’s Psaltic Tradition”

Watch Now  Monk Iakovos, Protopsaltis (First Chanter) of the Church of Protato, Karyes, Mt Athos, speaks on Holy Mountain’s Psaltic Tradition. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America originally commissioned by...

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