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WISDOM FROM MT. ATHOS: THE WRITINGS OF STARETZ SILOUAN (1866-1938)

Author: ARCHIMANDRITE SOPHRONY SAKHAROV #: 10228

Staretz, or "elder", is a title given to Orthodox monks of particular spiritual development. Staretz Silouan was a Russian peasant whose only formal education consisted of two winters at the village school. But on Mt Athos, rooted in a tradition reaching back to the very beginnings of Christian monasticism, he was taught of God and attained wisdom akin to that of the Desert Fathers.

Wisdom from Mount Athos is a collection of the notes which Staretz Silouan penciled on odd scraps of paper. Included is his prose-poem Adam`s Lament, which echoes the haunting lyrical urgency of the Psalms. On the whole, Silouan`s writing recalls the splendor of the great liturgical texts of the Orthodox Church.

A companion volume, The Monk of Mount Athos, gives an account of Silouan`s life and is available as well.

ISBN: 9780913836170  Binding: Paperback, 127 pages
Price: € 14.53 £ 11.48 $ 18.52