Variations in the Spiritual Life (Teachings from Athos)

Variations in the Spiritual Life (Teachings from Athos)

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Even though we’re in the season of winter, we had a fine day yesterday, with lots of sunshine. We felt the weather had taken a turn for the better, and then today it changed again and we’ve got turbulence. We can’t get out to do...

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‘This pandemic is not a chance occurrence allowed by God, but a sign of the times; it is a fruit of Divine indignation’

‘This pandemic is not a chance occurrence allowed by God, but a sign of the times; it is a fruit of Divine indignation’

Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Vatopaidi Monastery   This pandemic is not a chance occurrence allowed by God, but a sign of the times; it is a fruit of Divine indignation, as man is doing not what is natural, what is reasonable, but what is absurd and abnormal. Imagine how...

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Three New Saints in the Orthodox Church

Three New Saints in the Orthodox Church

Official Communique from the First Day of the Proceedings of the Holy and Sacred Synod (9 March 2020) On Monday, 9 March 2020, the Holy and Sacred Synod convened under the chairmanship of His All-Holiness to carry out the tasks of its three-day sitting. After the reading of the minutes...

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Pilgrimage on Holy Mountain

Pilgrimage on Holy Mountain

Watch now  At the third part of his interview to Pemptousia, Nobuyuki-Gheoghe Nukina, Japanese karate fighter, shares his experience from his pilgrimage to Mount Athos. You can also view previous parts from the interviews here: Nobuyuki-Gheoghe Nukina: “How I became Orthodox” – Orthodoxy in Japan Relationship between Orthodoxy and Karate...

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The Holy Monastery of Iviron is dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin

The Holy Monastery of Iviron is dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin

Monk Chariton of Karoulia   The monastery was founded in 980 by the Iberian noble and distinguished general John Thornic, who essentially enlarged and renamed the old monastery of Clementos granted to him by the emperor Basil II. Of this earlier monastery’s only part of the katholikon seems to have...

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Saint Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

Saint Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

Georgios Martzelos Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite was one of the greatest figures on Mount Athos in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was born on Naxos in 1749, and his baptismal name was Nikolaos. He received his elementary education on his native island, going on to the Evangelical...

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Saint Athanasios the Athonite

Saint Athanasios the Athonite

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   According to his biography, St Athanasios hailed from the east, from Trapezounta. After concluding his education- as a teacher of literature- while still very young he was touched by the Divine Grace. He forsaken the world and espoused monasticism under the guidance of his uncle...

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How the monks on the Holy Mountain make kollyva

How the monks on the Holy Mountain make kollyva

I.M. Hatzifotis   Separate memorial services are not held for monks on the Holy Mountain. Together with the kollyva for the Saint, a small saucer of kollyva is prepared for the departed. Abbots over the last 100 years are commemorated, as are priest and monks over the last thirty. Kollyva...

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Archimandrite Agathangelos Mikhaïlidis-Xenofontinos (1908-1991)

Archimandrite Agathangelos Mikhaïlidis-Xenofontinos (1908-1991)

Elder Moses the Athonite Athanasios Mikhailidis, as he was known in the world, was born in 1908, in Cappadocia, in the village of Moutalaski, to Victoria and Michael Mikhailidis. The village that Blessed Savvas the Sanctified was from. As he himself said, his childhood was marked by great poverty, loss...

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Elder Symeon, Abbot of Grigoriou Monastery (+1905)

Elder Symeon, Abbot of Grigoriou Monastery (+1905)

Monk Moïsis   A man blessed by God, Spyridon Angelidis, as he was before his tonsure, was born in Tripoli in the Peloponnese in 1830. In 1852 he arrived at the Monastery of Ayiou Pavlou with three friends. According to Abbot Serafeim, who died in 1960: ‘Casting off all secular...

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