Orthodox Ascetical & Mystical Tradition (27)
In the earliest centuries of faith, Christians in the deserts of Palestine and Africa sought a short prayer that could be easily repeated, in order to acquire the habit of “prayer without ceasing.” The result was The Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.”
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Standing in God`s Holy Fire is a fascinating exploration of the spiritual roots of Orthodox Christianity. The Byzantine tradition — Christian culture that arose in the eastern part of the Roman Empire — fed the rise of Orthodoxy in the Greek and Slavic worlds. Today, thirst for authentic spirituality attracts new interest in the Byzantine tradition`s taste for beauty, science of prayer, and emphasis on the quest for holiness.
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St Gregory Palamas, a fourteenth-century Byzantine saint and Church Father, incorporated traditional Eastern monastic spirituality into a comprehensive theological vision. His understanding of hesychasm, the monastic movement centered on solitude and unceasing prayer, is grounded in an incarnational theology:
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Under the supervision of Elder Saint Ambrose, Optina Monastery continued the publishing efforts started by the Elder Saint Macarius. They produced and reintroduced timeless spiritual works which evoked a nationwide blossoming of sanctity in Russia.
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In Kyriacos C. Markides’s newest book, Eastern Orthodox mysticism meets Western Christianity as the internationally renowned author takes readers on a deep journey back in time to unveil the very roots of authentic spirituality. In his previous book The Mountain of Silence, Markides introduced us to the essential spiritual nature of Eastern Orthodoxy in a series of lively conversations with Father Maximos, the widely revered charismatic Orthodox bishop and former abbot of the isolated monastery on Mount Athos. In Gifts of the Desert, Markides continues his examination of Easter Orthodox mystical teachings and practices and captures its living expression through visits to monasteries and hermitages in Greece and America and interviews with contemporary charismatic elders, both male and female.
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The spirituality of the Orthodox Church does not lead to abstract religious life; nor is it the fruits of man's inner strength. Spirituality is not an abstract religious life because the Church is the Body of Christ. It is not simply a religion which believes in a God, theoretically. The Second Person of the Holy Trinity — the Logos of God — assumed human nature for us. He united it with his hypostasis and became the Head of the Church.
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Metropolitan Hierotheos uses quotations from the Church Fathers and many saints to support his conviction that man's soul suffers illness which distorts his relationship with God, his fellow men and nature — to be cured in the hospital of the Church. Presented in the form of a discussion, the contents was used in a lecture series at the St. John of Damascus Faculty of Theology, University of Balamand.
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