In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [4]

In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [4]

Among other things, I asked the Elder what I could do to love Christ? I thought that he’d tell me all sorts of things involving unceasing prayer, many prostrations, fasting and so on, but he simply said: ‘Love Christ’s Cross’. Indeed, looking upon the Saviour’s Cross you learn to gratefully...

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In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [3]

In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [3]

On many occasions, at the big feast of the province, instead of being the chief celebrant at the liturgy, as was his right, grandly wearing his monastic veil and expensive vestments and ordering his juniors about, the Elder would wear a shabby habit, would not concelebrate, but instead assisted and...

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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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Jonathan Jackson: ‘How my entry into Orthodoxy affected the people around me’

Jonathan Jackson: ‘How my entry into Orthodoxy affected the people around me’

 Jonathan Jackson, the famous actor and friend of Holy Mountain and Pemptousia, talks about the great turning point of his life, his entry into Orthodoxy, and the way that this convertion affected the people around him. 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 [2]

In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [2]

Returning to the subject of the Elder’s sermons. It was indeed a great spiritual pleasure to see him preach in church. His face would be transformed in a wondrous way, since the whole of his soul was invested in the sermon. He would actually often make some kind of witticism...

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The Feast of Feasts and the Triumph of Triumphs

The Feast of Feasts and the Triumph of Triumphs

K. Leontiev And further down the line, the return of doubting Thomas. No sooner had the reading finished than, suddenly, the bells started pealing mightily and at the same moment joyful shots were fired out in the courtyard. The monastery guards, in their kilts, were firing to the glory of...

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The Interior of the Russian Monastery on Mount Athos

The Interior of the Russian Monastery on Mount Athos

K. Leontiev It may well be that I don’t have good taste and that I don’t understand much about art, but this was my impression and I share it most sincerely with my readers. This beautiful iconostas is a gift from the late Abbot, Antonij Bochkov (a former merchant), who...

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Dismissal Hymn for the Athonite Fathers (Deacon Dionysios Firifiris)

Dismissal Hymn for the Athonite Fathers (Deacon Dionysios Firifiris)

The memory of All the Saints who shone on the Holy Mountain is celebrated on the second Sunday of Matthew. The establishment of the common feast began with the composition of the service and encomium by Saint Nikodimos the Athonite. Tone one Let us honor in hymns and songs the...

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Our Blessed and God-bearing Fathers of the Holy Mountain

Our Blessed and God-bearing Fathers of the Holy Mountain

Metropolitan Nikolaos (Hatzinikolaou) of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki Honoring the saints is a fundamental element of Orthodox tradition and life. Through the churches dedicated to them, through the expressive icons of them as they are in eternity, through the poetic services, through their exciting Lives, through the constant invocation of their...

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In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder

In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder

We’ve come to associate the great Elders almost exclusively with monasteries, and particularly with the Holy Mountain, even though great figures among the clergy, preachers or even ordinary parish priests are often men of virtue, a real light for their flock. I shall attempt here to sketch an outline of...

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