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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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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Jonathan Jackson: Experiences from Greece

Jonathan Jackson: Experiences from Greece

Watch Now For Jonathan Jackson Greece is a place of ancient and modern Saints. In that way he describes his and his family experience by visiting Greece and Mount Athos in this part of his exclusive interview to Pemptousia. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK The Orthodox Christian...

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Abbot Damascene: Holy Mountain

Abbot Damascene: Holy Mountain

Watch Now “Athos is the motherland of orthodox monasticism in the world!”: In this part of his interview to Pemptousia, Archimandrite Damascene talks about his experience of his visits to Athos, the Holy Mountain. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency...

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In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [7]

In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [7]

Moving on now to more theological issues, one day I asked the Elder whether God Himself really had to be crucified in order for us to be saved. Wasn’t there another way? ‘Of course’, he said, ‘only the Lord knows these things. However it seems as if there was no...

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In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [6]

In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [6]

Let me now mention some other teachings and advice the Elder gave. Regarding the so-called ‘enlightened’ laywomen who supposedly see revealing visions, apparitions of Saints, talk all the time with Our Most Holy Lady and so on, the Elder, generally speaking, didn’t have a good opinion (unless it was an...

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In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [5]

In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [5]

For those whose parents are seriously ill, the Elder advised that they should do whatever good and kind deed they can for their parents, to care for them lovingly, to give them affectionate attention and treat them with the tenderness they would a baby, to look after them in every...

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