St. Mary Magdalene, the Hand that Brings Us Closer to God

St. Mary Magdalene, the Hand that Brings Us Closer to God

  We arrived at the Holy Monastery of Simonopetra on Mt. Athos in Greece, and it was freezing out. It was the first day of Great Lent.  The monks always fast strictly, and especially so during these first three days.  Of course their prayer life gives them the strength to...

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Remembering Harry Radliffe

Remembering Harry Radliffe

The beautiful news is that in the Orthodox Christian Faith, we have come to know some of the most sacred places on earth.  The sad news is we lost an incredible reporter last week. Harry Radliffe of CBS News, died on December 1, 2015 at the age of 66.  Harry...

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Monk Anatolios Kavsokalyvitis (1862-1938)

Monk Anatolios Kavsokalyvitis (1862-1938)

Monk Anatolios Kavsokalyvitis (1862-1938), who displayed happiness “like a child.” When we look to the Holy Mountain of Mount Athos in Greece, we often hope to have our minds and hearts graced with even a touch of the great wisdom that the monastic life produces. Yet, often times the most...

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A Conversation About God with Actor Jonathan Jackson & Dr. Norris Chumley

A Conversation About God with Actor Jonathan Jackson & Dr. Norris Chumley

With thanks to Pemptousia, strategic partner to the Orthodox Christian Network, watch a fascinating conversation about God with Actor Jonathan Jackson and Dr. Norris Chumley. About Jonathan Jackson “Jonathan Jackson is an American actor, musician and author. His first well known character was Lucky Spencer on the ABC Daytime soap...

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The Style and Ethos of Athonite Singing

The Style and Ethos of Athonite Singing

By Fr. Iakovos the Athonite Once, when I was talking to an Elder who’d been on the Holy Mountain for many years (more than twice the number I had), he mentioned the following in the course of conversation: ‘the late Father E… would always sing this doxastiko [a special hymn,...

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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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Metropolitan Alexios: My Life on Mount Athos

Metropolitan Alexios: My Life on Mount Athos

His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta explains why he thinks of Mount Athos as his family. He remembers when he first went to Mount Athos, at the age of 16, when he went to the school of Athonias, and when he stayed in the Monastery of Vatopedi. He describes his...

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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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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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Chanting in Mount Athos

Chanting in Mount Athos

Elder Thomas Mikrayannanitis talks about his first monastic steps and about the Athonite Psaltic Tradition (part 2): “There in the skete, where we sang in various kellia, Elder Iosif didn’t know musical technique as well as Papa-Chrysostomos or Panteleïimon Kartsonas. The late Panteleïmon was the Elder of the Daniilaii. He...

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