Title: Living Witness of the Holy Mountain : Contemporary Voices from Mount Athos
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: St. Tikhons Seminary Press April 1995
1878997483 / 9781878997487
Seller ID: 151403
Contained here is a collection of texts, appearing for the first time in English translation, that in various ways convey the ongoing tradition of unceasing prayer -- both personal and liturgical -- that is the sole reason for being of the thousand-year monastic republic of Athos. Golitzin introduces the material with a long introduction that summarizes the history and structure of daily life of Athonite monasticism, followed by in eloquent apologia for the necessity of monasticism for the spiritual well-being of the Church and of Western society as a whole. What follows are documents of great variety and interest: the spiritual memoir of a French Catholic scholar and monk who eventually becomes an Athonite monk, largely because of a growing sense of the continuity of Orthodox monasticism with the spirituality of the Fathers; the ''Tomos of Mt. Athos'' of 1341, which defended the orthodoxy of St. Gregory Palamas' teaching on the essence and energies of God and the validity of the experience of seeing, in this life, the uncreated light of the Godhead; a''modern Paterikon,'' immediately reminiscent of collections of sayings of the desert Fathers, consisting of lives and sayings of Athonite luminaries of our own century; several addresses and interviews in which an abbot describes the role of the spiritual father, the nature of the Jesus Prayer and the ways it connects Orthodox monasticism with the experience of Transfiguration; and remarks on the occasion of the translation of a relic of the newly-canonized St. Herman of Alaska to Athos, thus bringing the transmission of monastic experience full-circle, and underlining the catholicity of that experience. Altogether, these witnesses, if read with a receptive spirit, offer a powerful corrective to intellectual pride, spiritual tepidity, self-satisfaction and sloth. Extensive notes and bibliography enhance this valuable resource.