The benefit of the Monasticism to the Church and to the Society

The benefit of the Monasticism to the Church and to the Society

    Watch Now. Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, at his exclusive interview to Pemptousia, speaks on the benefit of the monasticism to the Church and to the society. Watch the second part of the interview: The person of the Mother of God in the Life of the Church Source: pemptousia.com ABOUT THE...

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Celibacy and Monasticism

Celibacy and Monasticism

George Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus, Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Apart from marriage, which is the natural way of life for us humans, there’s also celibacy as a way of life beyond what’s natural. In the New Testament and the Patristic tradition, celibacy is declared to be superior to...

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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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Monk Nektarios Prodromitis (1808-1903)

Monk Nektarios Prodromitis (1808-1903)

Elder Moses the Athonite   He was born in the town of Husi in Romania in 1808, of God-fearing parents. Even as a child he was a wonderful chanter, with his profound knowledge and really sweet voice. As a young man, influenced by his brother, Monk Alexander, he donned the...

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Abbot Damascene: Brotherhood of Monastery St Herman of Alaska

Abbot Damascene: Brotherhood of Monastery St Herman of Alaska

Father Damascene, abbot of St. Herman of Alaska Monastery, talks to Pemptousia about the history of the brotherhood of the Monastery and how the brotherhood turned from missionary to monastic. He is mentioning some important spiritual words of Father Seraphim Rose and he is describing the situation of Orthodoxy in...

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Atlas of American Orthodox Monasteries Eases Your Pilgrimage Experience

Atlas of American Orthodox Monasteries Eases Your Pilgrimage Experience

There are many amazing things to see in the United States: national parks, art and history museums, scenic vacations spots and Orthodox monasteries.  Yes! I wrote monasteries.   Did you know that there are almost 80 Orthodox monasteries in America? In a recent publication already in its second print, author...

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Listen to the Daily Reading for January 17, 2016

Listen to the Daily Reading for January 17, 2016

  12th Sunday of Luke St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 13:17-21 Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 115.15,12 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Verse: What shall I render to the Lord for all that he has given me? Brethren, obey your leaders and...

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Celtic Monasticism – 2

Celtic Monasticism – 2

“Other monks and nuns lived out their days alone….in small wood-and-mud huts; they kept a cow or two, and accepted gladly the gifts of an occasional loaf or basket of vegetables from local farmers. The desire for a solitary life and time to spend simply yearning for God…must have drifted...

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The Monastic Life: The way of perfection

The Monastic Life: The way of perfection

By Prof. Georgios Mantzaridis With the advent of monasticism, a special way of life appeared in the Church, which however did not  proclaim a new morality. The Church does not have one set of moral rules for the laity and another  for monks, nor does it divide the faithful into classes...

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A Thousand Years Are As One Day: Life on Mt. Athos

A Thousand Years Are As One Day: Life on Mt. Athos

Long before 60 Minutes produced a documentary about life on Mt. Athos, some French filmmakers managed to obtain permission in the early 80s to take extensive footage of the famous Athonite monastery of Simonopetra. The result is the distinctive documentary embedded above, which provides a window into many aspects of monastic...

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