Tag: Monasticism

Christian Living / by Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev -

Monasticism

In the Orthodox Church the rite of monastic tonsure has a sacramental character. It is called a ‘sacrament’ (mystery) by Dionysius the Areopagite and other early Christian authors. It is…

Desert Fathers / by St. Gregory of Nyssa -

On Virginity

The holy look of virginity is precious indeed in the judgment of all who make purity the test of beauty; but it belongs to those alone whose struggles to gain…

Christian Living / by Fr Anthony St Shenouda -

Monasticism Is?

To continue my reflections of my numerous spiritual counsel with monks and Bishops during my last retreat in the Egyptian desert, a definition of monasticism was always formulated during the…

Christian Living / by Q&A -

Where Is The Joy?

All these monastic practices makes monasticism seem to be full of grief and sadness, where does joy fit in all of that? At the first glimpse, monasticism looks like a…