Father Isaak had a Snake for Company!

Father Isaak had a Snake for Company!

This story was told by Archimandrite Gavriil (1886-1983), former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Dionysiou. Back in the late 1970s, early ’80s, I was making a visit to the Holy Mountain, which is easy from Thessaloniki, where we live. In those days, the ship’s first stop was the boat-house...

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A Departed Monk Appeared at a Monastery Feast and Discussed Church Singing

A Departed Monk Appeared at a Monastery Feast and Discussed Church Singing

Saint Païsios writes that the famous psaltis Diako-Yannis once went to the feast as the Holy Monastery of Grigoriou in order to sing. He sang at Great Vespers and, when that had finished and the Lity was about to start, he felt the need to go to...

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Monk Anatolios Kavsokalyvitis (1862-1938)

Monk Anatolios Kavsokalyvitis (1862-1938)

Monk Anatolios Kavsokalyvitis (1862-1938), who displayed happiness “like a child.” When we look to the Holy Mountain of Mount Athos in Greece, we often hope to have our minds and hearts graced with even a touch of the great wisdom that the monastic life produces. Yet, often times the most...

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