In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [7]

In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [7]

Moving on now to more theological issues, one day I asked the Elder whether God Himself really had to be crucified in order for us to be saved. Wasn’t there another way? ‘Of course’, he said, ‘only the Lord knows these things. However it seems as if there was no...

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Abbot Damascene: Holy Mountain

Abbot Damascene: Holy Mountain

Watch Now “Athos is the motherland of orthodox monasticism in the world!”: In this part of his interview to Pemptousia, Archimandrite Damascene talks about his experience of his visits to Athos, the Holy Mountain. Source: pemptousia.com  

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In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [6]

In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [6]

Let me now mention some other teachings and advice the Elder gave. Regarding the so-called ‘enlightened’ laywomen who supposedly see revealing visions, apparitions of Saints, talk all the time with Our Most Holy Lady and so on, the Elder, generally speaking, didn’t have a good opinion (unless it was an...

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In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [5]

In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [5]

For those whose parents are seriously ill, the Elder advised that they should do whatever good and kind deed they can for their parents, to care for them lovingly, to give them affectionate attention and treat them with the tenderness they would a baby, to look after them in every...

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In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [4]

In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [4]

Among other things, I asked the Elder what I could do to love Christ? I thought that he’d tell me all sorts of things involving unceasing prayer, many prostrations, fasting and so on, but he simply said: ‘Love Christ’s Cross’. Indeed, looking upon the Saviour’s Cross you learn to gratefully...

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In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [3]

In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [3]

On many occasions, at the big feast of the province, instead of being the chief celebrant at the liturgy, as was his right, grandly wearing his monastic veil and expensive vestments and ordering his juniors about, the Elder would wear a shabby habit, would not concelebrate, but instead assisted and...

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In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [2]

In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [2]

Returning to the subject of the Elder’s sermons. It was indeed a great spiritual pleasure to see him preach in church. His face would be transformed in a wondrous way, since the whole of his soul was invested in the sermon. He would actually often make some kind of witticism...

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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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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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