Fr. Basilius

On monastic life on the mount Atos

translated by: Dr Amfilohije Radović

pages: 36-45

Abstract

The young hegoumen of the Athos Stavronikita Monastery held a lecture on this subject at the Assembly of the Orthodox Youth of Western Europe in Dijon in September, 1974, which we publish here.

He presents here some aspects of the spiritual experience of the Athos mo- nasticism, which continues the true spiritual traditions of the Orthodox East: repentance, re-birth, humiliation, transformation, love, prayer, attainment of the grace, illumination, deification. He also puts forth some actual examples of life and thought of some Athos monks — starets and goes on to speak about the ascetic-liturgical character of the Athos monasticism today in a very plastic and vivid way, a rather comprehensible and attractive one for the contemporary reader.

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