Posts about monasticism

The Sounding

A Recommitment to Simplicity

Driving down the highway several years ago, I passed a huge billboard advertisement for The Container Store. In case you don’t know, The Container Store…

Nov 25, 2014
The Sounding

Life Lived Simply

When it comes to life simply lived, no one does it better than the monks and nuns of the Orthodox Church. Committing themselves to a life of prayer, askesis…

Nov 25, 2014
Pemptousia Partnership

Spirituality and Singing in Mount Athos

Watch and listen as Hieromonk Thomas from the brotherhood of “Thomades” at Small St. Anne’s Skete on Mount Athos, shares stories from…

Nov 19, 2014
Pemptousia Partnership

Celtic Monasticism, Part 1

By Hieromonk Ambrose Prayer of St. Columban of Iona “Kindle in our hearts, O God, The flame of that love which never ceases, That it may burn in us,…

Nov 19, 2014
Pemptousia Partnership

Humbleness is the key to keep the Grace

By Fr. Raphael Noica (of Essex) Fr. Raphael: Monasticism is like living something from the age that shall come, in which, as the Savior says: “They neither…

Nov 15, 2014
Pemptousia Partnership

On Humility and the Humble Outlook – 3

By Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi With a variety of definitions, our Fathers lead us to humility, but the meaning is almost the same: the comprehensive labour…

Nov 14, 2014
Orthodox News

The Healing: Isceljenje

‘The Healing: Isceljenje’ (2014) is a Serbian film by Ivan Jović that tells the story of an Orthodox monk grappling with the aftereffects of war in…

Nov 13, 2014
Pemptousia Partnership

Holy Mountain: a universal presence and a heavenward orientation

By Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaias and Lavreotikis The spiritual influence of Mount Athos is indisputable and certainly stems from the fact that many…

Nov 03, 2014
Sacraments and Rituals

Tonsuring of Monks

I imagine that very few Orthodox have ever observed the rite for the tonsuring of a monastic.  The first time I observed the rite was during my stay at…

Oct 24, 2014
Pemptousia Partnership

People as Liturgical Beings, Part 2

Read Part 1 here. By Abbot George Kapsanis of Gregoriou People who offer ‘your own from your own, in all things and for all things’ serve God truly…

Oct 23, 2014
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