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ORTHODOX MONASTICISM AS THE WAY OF LIFE OF PROPHETS, APOSTLES, AND MARTYRS

Author: METROPOLITAN HIEROTHEOS VLACHOS OF NAFPAKTOS #: 10436

This book by Metropolitan Hierotheos outlines his view of Orthodox Monasticism. Excerpts from his introduction to the book:

 

 The monastic life is the Christian life, the way of the Prophets, Apostles, and Martyrs. In reality, it is the evangelical life, as a life of repentance and keeping Christ's commandments to as perfect a degree as possible. Christ taught this life in the Sermon on the Mount, in the exhortations to be vigilant and take heed, to have absolute faith in God, to avoid cares that cause anxiety, and so on. He often went up on the mountain to pray on His own, not because He needed to, but to teach us this way of life. He Himself urged us to pray in the “inner chamber,” and when we have shut the door, to pray to our Father “Who is in secret.””

 Of course the monastic life is not the only way of salvation, as the Church also blesses Christian marriage...The spirit and the manner of the monastic life, however, can be lived by all, wherever they are and whichever path they follow...Unfortunately in the world there is a different opinion of monasticism, that it is a distortion of Christianity or subject to influences originating outside the Christian world...Monastic life, however, is the way of life of the Prophets, Apostles, and Martyrs, as described in this book.”

 The translation of this book into English and its publication in the Western world will provide the opportunity for Orthodox monasticism to be encountered in the perspective of the Gospel. This is how I personally knew monasticism from my early childhood, and later on the Holy Mountain. But this is also how I understood it when I met people who were leading their lives in the world but living the spirit of the monastic life.”

 

ISBN: 9789607070739  Binding: Paperback, 500 pages
Price: € 43.57 £ 34.82 $ 58.18