On the Impact of Visiting the Holy Mountain

On the Impact of Visiting the Holy Mountain

Listen Now.   Join us for a wonderful conversation between Fr. Chris and Dr. Kyriacos Markides, Professor of Sociology at the University of Maine,  regarding his visit to Mount Athos, the impact meeting Fr. Maximos, a 32 year old monk with uncommon wisdom, had on him, and the book he wrote, The...

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Bruce Chatwin: a Reflection on a Nomad’s Journey to Orthodoxy

Bruce Chatwin: a Reflection on a Nomad’s Journey to Orthodoxy

It seems to me that nomads have often had a different perspective on life and what they seek. “The search for nomads is a search for God,” Bruce Chatwin wrote in a notebook during his first visit on Mount Athos. During his visit to the Holy Mountain he had come...

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The Sanctity and Miracles of Blessed Paisios the Athonite

The Sanctity and Miracles of Blessed Paisios the Athonite

Saint Paisios died on the feast of the Holy Apostles Saints Peter and Paul according to the Old Calendar, which is certainly no coincidence. Since his death in 1994, word of his name and his reputation have grown globally. St. Paisios is all over the world. In this video a...

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My Encounter with St. John Chrysostom

My Encounter with St. John Chrysostom

  The first time I ever saw the holy relics of saints was at Philotheou Monastery on Mt. Athos.  It was after the evening service and the fathers had placed them reverently on a long table before the altar, and the pilgrims walked before each one.   Some of our group...

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One Desires, Another Gives

One Desires, Another Gives

Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.  ― Theodore Roosevelt In...

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Keeping Contemporary Conveniences at Bay

Keeping Contemporary Conveniences at Bay

In this interview Nikolaos Koios, Editor-in Chief of Pemptousia, and Elder Elisaios, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras, Mt Athos, Greece, discuss the concern of modern conveniences on Mt. Athos.  They aren’t necessarily talking about wifi or Google, but automobiles and electricity.  “We are careful how we use...

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The Feast of Theophany at Vatopedi Monastery, Holy Mount Athos, 2015

The Feast of Theophany at Vatopedi Monastery, Holy Mount Athos, 2015

Our partners at Pemptousia have produced an excellent video, showing scenes of the liturgical festivities for the feast of the Theophany, held just days ago on Mt. Athos at the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi. Check it out below, and be sure to watch for more co-produced content and new initiatives...

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Supplications to the Theotokos on Mt. Athos

Supplications to the Theotokos on Mt. Athos

Beginning on August 1, the Orthodox Church enters a special fasting period, known popularly as the fifteen days. Leading up to the great feast day of the Dormition (or Falling Asleep) of the Most Holy Theotokos on August 15, Orthodox Christians fast for 15 days and dedicate themselves to a...

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