An acclaimed expert in Christian mysticism travels to a monastery high in the Trodos Mountains of Cyprus and offers a fascinating look at the Greek Orthodox approach to spirituality that will appeal to readers of Carlos Castaneda. In an engaging combination of dialogues, reflections, conversations, history, and travel information, Kyriacos C. Markides continues the exploration of a spiritual tradition and practice little known in the West he began in Riding with the Lion. (...) In his new book, Markides follows Father Maximos, one of Mount Athos's monks, to the troubled island of Cyprus. As Father Maximos establishes churches, convents, and monasteries in this deeply divided land, Markides is awakened anew to the magnificent spirituality of the Greek Orthodox Church. (...)
Orthodox patristic writings. The main aim of this second English edition is to bring our dear English-speaking reader in touch with the unknown grandeur of the Hesychastic Monasticism of the Holy Mountain. Mount Athos is a centuries old arena of ascesis, stillness, prayer, liturgical life. It is the only place in the world, where for centuries, the All-holy Name of the Holy Trinity is glorified and, where men, who believe in love and truly the God-man Jesus and the Lady Theotokos, are sanctified. It is Panagia's Garden in which nature, along with holiness and virtue, are sweet smelling due to the presence of the Divine Grace of the Holy Spirit. May the whole world wake from the deep sleep of materialism and modern idolatry and may it hear the spiritual trumpets of Athos, the silent monks and fathers, for a new life according to the Holy Gospel. Trumpets which place emphasis on the divine lineage of man as an “image of God” and his divine destination which is purification, enlightenment and theosis.
Mount Athos, a spectacularly beautiful rocky peninsula jutting out from the coast of northeastern Greece, has been a monastic preserve since the ninth century. Known as the Holy Mountain, it serves as the centre of monasticism for all the Eastern Orthodox churches and remains fundamentally unchanged despite the storms of political and religious conflict that have raged over the centuries. This is an illustrated history of Mount Athos. It encompasses the entire story of Athos from the first anchorite monks who lived in caves and simple huts to the establishment of the first monasteries in the tenth century to the monastic renewal that is taking place there today. Illustrated with historical and contemporary images, the text considers the influence of outside political events on the men (for only men are allowed) of the Holy Mountain and, more importantly, the impact of spiritual movements and religious controversy. What emerges is an account of the centuries-old Athonite way of life as well as a portrait of thriving monastic communities at the beginning of the 21st century.
This book is a continuation of the series New Library, three volumes of which have already appeared in print in recent years. These volumes present a total of one hundred discussion-reviews of as many books by Greek, American, Russian, and other writers. The present, fourth volume, has been given the subtitle “Messages from the Holy Mountain,” because all the reviews pertain to works written by monks of the Holy Mountain of Athos, and contain important messages by them for people of the present age, with regard to subjects such as monasticism, humanism, secularism, technological civilization, and education; states of the mind such as anguish, depression, serenity, and joy; practices such as fasting and prayer; and the spiritual attainments of virtue, holiness, and salvation.
VOLUME 1: This volume contains the lives and struggles of Elders Joachim of St. Anne's Skete, Athanasius of Grigoriou, Callinicus the Hesychast, Daniel of Katounakia and Isaac of Dionysiou -- ascetics of the Holy Mountain Athos from this century. Written by their co-struggler, Fr. Cherubim, who became a monk in 1938 at the age of 18. This is a priceless treasure in English of the vitality and ardor of Orthodox monasticism. 370 pages, softcover.
VOLUME 2: This volume contains the lives and struggles of ascetics Elders Sabbas the Father Confessor, Ignatius the Father Confessor, Codratus of Karakallou, Philaret of Constamonitou and Gerasium Menagias of the Holy Mountain Athos from this century. Written by their co-struggler, Fr. Cherubim, who became a monk in 1938 at the age of 18. This is a priceless treasure in English of the vitality and ardor of Orthodox monasticism, 356 pages, softcover.
Mount Athos, or the Holy Mountain. Its name contains two words: the word mountain-something you can climb with your feet, and the word holy - which you may 'ascend' through your prayer. On the mountain you discover peaks. On the inner ascent caves are revealed to you. The caves of the mountain conceal much more than its summit reveals: for the caverns are hidden, while the peaks can be seen. Here you could hear the things that cannot be told and see the things that cannot be seen. Every hermitage is like a deep well. Physicists tell us that from the bottom of a well you can see the stars at midday. The walls of the well absorb the sunbeams reflected upon them, and the hermitage absorbs every sound, image or worldly care, allowing the ascetic to hear, see and think clearly without being distracted... What exactly is an ascetic and what on earth is asceticism, or monasticism, for that matter? What does a saint look like and what does he do and say? Can the human person go beyond what is humanly possible? Can the irrationality or the non-reason of the fool be greater and more rational than human reason? All these questions, and more, are the signposts by which the author follows his spiritual quest as he walks the paths ofAthos, treading the inner way of the spirit, climbing to the highest place on earth...
Mount Athos is the spiritual heart of the Orthodox world. From its beginnings in the ninth century it attracted monks from all corners of the Byzantine empire and beyond to experience its seclusion, its sanctity, and its great natural beauty. The first monastery, founded in 963, was an international institution from the start; by the end of the twelfth century separate monasteries had been founded not only for Greeks but also for Georgians, Amalfitans, Russians, Serbs, and Bulgarians. Nationality, however, has rarely counted for much on Athos, and though the Romanians have never secured a monastery for themselves, today they form, after the Greeks, the largest ethnic group. This book tells the story of how these many traditions came to be represented on the Mountain and how their communities have fared over the centuries. Most of the papers were originally delivered at a conference convened by the Friends of Mount Athos at Madingley Hall, Cambridge, in 2009. As far as possible, the authors were chosen to write about the traditions that they themselves represent.
by Dr. Constantine Cavarnos. Two lectures on Mount Athos dealing with its scholars, missionaries, saints, and music and hymnographers. 172 pages, softcover.
Detailed soft cover book covering the area of Karyes and reviewing 20 monasteries of the area, followed by a section on the history of Athonite Monasticism, the mountain today, art and the archives.
Icon book calendar for Mt. Athos, icons include: Saviour Painted by No Human Hand, Do Not Cry for Me, Mother, Saviour Among the Powers, Resurrection, The Mother of God: A Stone Cut Out From the Mountain By No Human Hand, Mother of God of Vlamimir, with Feasts, Mother of God Glykophilousa “Most Honorable”, Mother of God of Suja and Trinity, with Saints, Mother of God of the Sign (two-sided processional icon), Mother of God of the Burning Bush, St. John the Baptist, with scenes from his life, St. Parasceve, The Miracle of St. George and the Dragon, Sts. John Chrysostom and Nicholas with the Nativity of Christ and the Trinity, St. Nicholas, St. Antony the Great, Sts. John Climacus and Saba Stratilate, Saint Savvatij of Tver, Sts. Zosima Savvatij of the Solovki Monastery, St. Nil of Stolbensk, Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter the Apostle, St. Basil the Blessed (detail), Metropolitan St. Aleksij with scenes from his life, God Rested on the Seventh Day (small print detail).
A magnificent collection of most expressive black and white photographs taken on several trips to the Holy Mountain and arranged by monastery of the place and monks who make up the community of Mt. Athos. A unique collection with text in Greek and English. 273 pages. Balafas, Costas
Spiritual guidance is the serious business of Mount Athos, the principal service that the Fathers offer to each other and to the world. Athonites have been purveyors of spiritual guidance for more than a thousand years in a tradition that goes back to the fourth-century desert fathers. The recent monastic renewal on the Mountain is testimony to the Fathers' continuing power to attract disciples and pilgrims to listen to what they have to say. The papers included in this volume examine some of the many aspects of this venerable tradition, as it has developed on Mount Athos, and as it has devolved upon monks and nuns, spiritual fathers and confessors, lay men and women, in other parts of Greece and in the world. Most of the papers were originally delivered at a conference convened by the Friends of Mount Athos at Madingley Hall, Cambridge, in 2013.