What do they reject?

What do they reject?

Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos   Monastics leave the world because they reject its unwholesome spirit. But in leaving the world, they don’t abandon the human person. Proof of this is that people come and find them, they come and attach themselves to them, they come and want some sort of communication,...

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The Tension of Hesychia (Stillness)

The Tension of Hesychia (Stillness)

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   The period we are now going through is characterised by the silent expectation of the greatest event under the sun, the coming in the Flesh of the Saviour God on earth. All the great events of God’s dealings with man, which are recorded in sacred history,...

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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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Abbot Damascene: Brotherhood of Monastery St Herman of Alaska

Abbot Damascene: Brotherhood of Monastery St Herman of Alaska

Father Damascene, abbot of St. Herman of Alaska Monastery, talks to Pemptousia about the history of the brotherhood of the Monastery and how the brotherhood turned from missionary to monastic. He is mentioning some important spiritual words of Father Seraphim Rose and he is describing the situation of Orthodoxy in...

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Monk Nektarios Prodromitis (1808-1903)

Monk Nektarios Prodromitis (1808-1903)

Elder Moses the Athonite   He was born in the town of Husi in Romania in 1808, of God-fearing parents. Even as a child he was a wonderful chanter, with his profound knowledge and really sweet voice. As a young man, influenced by his brother, Monk Alexander, he donned the...

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The Two Paths to Deification

The Two Paths to Deification

Georgios Koios   For Christians there are two paths which lead to union with God, deification. One is monasticism. This is the difficult path. That of virginity, a pure life, perfect submission to His will. A life of humility, fasting, prayer and love for all the world, unlimited trust in...

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Evangelical Monasticism – Part 3

Evangelical Monasticism – Part 3

Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou †   The immediate fruit of God’s love is the love of the image of God, that of people and all God’s creatures. Through years of ascetic effort, monastics acquire a ‘merciful heart’, which loves as God does. According to...

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Evangelical Monasticism – Part 2

Evangelical Monasticism – Part 2

Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou †   Only the heart of a person who is continuously being cleansed by repentance from egotism, selfishness and the passions can really love God and other people. Egotism and love are irreconcilable. It’s often the case that egotism believes...

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Evangelical Monasticism – Part 1

Evangelical Monasticism – Part 1

Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou †   The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is glad tidings , because it brings into the world not only a new teaching, but a new life to replace the old one. The old...

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The benefit of the Monasticism to the Church and to the Society

The benefit of the Monasticism to the Church and to the Society

    Watch Now. Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, at his exclusive interview to Pemptousia, speaks on the benefit of the monasticism to the Church and to the society. Watch the second part of the interview: The person of the Mother of God in the Life of the Church Source: pemptousia.com ABOUT THE...

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