A Recommitment to Simplicity

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 is a store dedicated entirely to organizational items for home, office, and all the minutiae therein. The billboard itself cleverly alluded to the notion that...

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Life Lived Simply

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 (strict self discipline) and obedience, they live with few possessions and luxuries. The monastic folk song, God’s Love Abides, brings to...

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Spirituality and Singing in Mount Athos

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 his first days as a monk. Hear about the music traditions of Mount Athos. Stand next to the monks as they chant. English subtitles are provided throughout. Published on...

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Celtic Monasticism, Part 1

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, giving light to others. May we shine forever in Thy holy temple, Set on fire with Thy eternal light, Even Thy...

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Humbleness is the key to keep the Grace

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 marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the Angels of God in heaven” (Matthew 22:30). We are not like the...

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On Humility and the Humble Outlook – 3

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 of love that supports all the other virtues. We shall now note some of the sayings of the Fathers which refer to the qualities...

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The Healing: Isceljenje

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 his homeland. Carrying this pain in his heart, the monk finds his way to a secluded hermitage in the wilderness, where he encounters a...

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Holy Mountain: a universal presence and a heavenward orientation

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 men have attained holiness through their secret ascetic struggles there. In recent years many pilgrims have found peace of mind and repose on the Mountain, together with spiritual...

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Tonsuring of Monks

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 St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in Pennsylvania, where a priest who had been recently elected bishop was being tonsured a monk prior...

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People as Liturgical Beings, Part 2

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 and pleasingly. That is, people who recognize that whatever they have is a gift from God. They believe that they’ve got nothing...

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