Abbot Damascene: My relationship with Father Seraphim Rose

Abbot Damascene: My relationship with Father Seraphim Rose

In the first of six parts of his interview to Pemptousia, archimandrite Damascene, Abbot of St Herman’s of Alaska monastery in California, is talking about his acquaintance with the charismatic Father Seraphim Rose and the influence of his presence on his spiritual Christian life. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE...

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In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder

In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder

We’ve come to associate the great Elders almost exclusively with monasteries, and particularly with the Holy Mountain, even though great figures among the clergy, preachers or even ordinary parish priests are often men of virtue, a real light for their flock. I shall attempt here to sketch an outline of...

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Stability of Place

Stability of Place

Abbot Tryphon   An Elder said: Just as a tree cannot bear fruit if it is often transplanted, so neither can a monk bear fruit if he frequently changes his abode. In an age when people change addresses as often as those in past generations changed their socks, stability of...

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Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders (Part 3)

Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders (Part 3)

Andreas Christoforou   I saw Saint Païsios on a good number of occasions between 1979 and 1994, when he departed this life. Except for one time, I never asked him a question, but he always spoke to me and taught me. In 1990, Yorgos and I arrived at the Panagouda...

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Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders (Part 2)

Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders (Part 2)

Andreas Christoforou   Then you can forgive others, as we said above. So you receive the remission of sins in prayer first and this is necessary so that you can go to your spiritual guide for confession and to receive forgiveness from the Church. Then you’ll also receive it from...

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Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders

Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders

Andreas Christoforou   I was fortunate enough to know personally quite a few of the contemporary Saints and Elders at the time when I was exploring the way of the spiritual life. What, in practice, is the path to being cured of our sins and passions, so that we ask...

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Metropolitan Athanasios: “Contemporary Charismatic Elders”

Metropolitan Athanasios: “Contemporary Charismatic Elders”

Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemesos, Cyprus, speaks on our era’s charismatic elders. Source: pemptousia.com ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK  The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America originally commissioned by SCOBA to create a national, sustainable, and effective...

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Elder Germanos Stavrovouniotis (1906-1982)

Elder Germanos Stavrovouniotis (1906-1982)

Elder Germanos was born in the village of Avgorou in the Famagusta region of Cyprus in 1906, to God-fearing parents, Nikolaos and Margarita Hatzigeorgis. When, as a child, he read the life of Saint Ioannis the Hut-Dweller, he was moved to take the decision to follow the monastic way of...

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Archimandrite Roman Braga, Spiritual Elder and Confessor for the Faith, Reposes in the Lord

Archimandrite Roman Braga, Spiritual Elder and Confessor for the Faith, Reposes in the Lord

Archimandrite Roman Braga April 2, 1922 – April 28, 2015 Father Roman Braga was born on April 2, 1922 in Bessarabia in a village named Condrita. He was the last of the seven children of Cosma and Maria Braga. He grew up in an Orthodox environment, raised by a devout...

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