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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Metropolitan Savas: Orthodoxy in a New Media Age

Metropolitan Savas: Orthodoxy in a New Media Age

‘Discovering Orthodox Christianity’ is a series of talks, shows, and presentations designed to introduce and explain the basic teaching of Orthodox Christianity. Sponsored by the ‘Leadership 100 Endowment Fund’, the series covers a wide range of topics with the goal of educating the viewer in simple, easy to understand terms....

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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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Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia: Material Desires and Hidden Need

Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia: Material Desires and Hidden Need

We understand deprivation when we’ve got nothing to eat. We’re not aware of any lack when we don’t have God in our lives. It’s terrible. It’s terrible. As if there’s no need for God! But the need for God’s greater than the need for air. It’s greater than the need...

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Prophet Elijah, the Gift of God

Prophet Elijah, the Gift of God

By Savva Alexandrou Saint Gregory Palamas, speaking in general about the prophets, as also the Fathers of the Church, notes: “God raised up the Prophets and the Fathers unto our guidance and He showed signs and wonders to us through them, so that He could correctly lead us up to...

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On Humility and the Humble Outlook – 2

On Humility and the Humble Outlook – 2

By Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi Read Part 1 here. Βlessed and favoured people who are humble are meek, calm, serene, attached to virtue, opposed to evil, untroubled by any circumstance or threat. They live in the bosom of the faith, like infants in the maternal embrace of grace. They never...

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Open Window

Open Window

By Elder Moses the Athonite We’ve said before that God is not wrathful, bent on punishment and revenge. If He were, He would be bad. But there’s no trace of badness in the divinity. Every trial is an education from God and is a form of the spiritual struggle we...

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Prayer Presupposes Faith

Prayer Presupposes Faith

By Elder Moses the Athonite Prayer presupposes faith. People who don’t pray are without help, uncertain, blind and alone. They’re earthbound, not knowing how to fly aloft, to burn bright in the sky, to enjoy the necessary celestial support. They’re magnetized, bound, firmly attached to corruptible, earthly things. It’s not...

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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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Peace of Heart is Established Little by Little

Peace of Heart is Established Little by Little

By Saint Nicodemus Haghiorite Your constant care should be not to let your heart become agitated or troubled, but to use every effort to keep it peaceful and calm. Seeing your efforts and endeavours, God will send you His grace and will make your soul a city of peace. Then...

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