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What is authentic Orthodox monasticism? Why do the saints call it the light of the world and the boast of the Church? What does it take to become a monk? What is the inner life of a true monk? What is his purpose, and how can he measure his progress? This book answers these questions by letting the holy Fathers speak for themselves.
In this treatise we have compiled and commented on two thousand Patristic quotations (some appearing in English for the first time) showing how monasticism is indeed the angelic life.
But this book is much more than just a compilation of what others have already written. It is also permeated with the personal vision and ideals of Elder Ephraim's former cell-attendant in Arizona. Thus, not only does it present traditional monastic teachings on obedience, virginity, poverty, and prayer, but it also delves into contemporary aspects of life in general, such as interpersonal relationships, the true role of a leader, good disobedience, the internet, and modernism.
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Publication Date: February, 2021
"Hieromonk Ephraim's understanding of Patristics and the Scriptures makes this volume a precious help to any Orthodox person residing in the secular world."
—Metropolitan ALEXIOS of Atlanta
"This elegant volume on monasticism, ... a succulent fruit of research and experience, presents the fundamental principles of monastic life in a useful collection, through which everyone has the ability to delight in a wealth of ascetical literature. We are certain that by the grace of God your excellent work will help many young souls become acquainted with the angelic life, this joyful lifestyle of the holy Fathers of our Church."
—Abbess Nikodimi of the Holy Monastery of the Annunciation, Ormylia
"The Patristic texts included in this book touch the heart of our monastic life, and this is why I find that it will greatly inspire many people."
Abbot of St. John the Baptist Monastery, Essex UK
"This book's thorough presentation of the various aspects of the daily spiritual and practical life of monastics make it a useful guide in the monastic life for our English-speaking brethren, who are unable to access some of its Patristic works-especially because it is supported by the experiential words of our Fathers with concise simplicity, both ancient and contemporary, as well as by your experience serving beside Elder Ephraim of Arizona of blessed memory."
Abbot of Simonos Petras Monastery, Mount Athos
"I congratulate you for producing this systematic anthology, and I am grateful for your strong love that moved you to occupy yourself with monastic dedication to God in an Orthodox context—that is, as it has been handed down through the writings of holy monks and as you have received it from your elder, Archimandrite Ephraim of Blessed Memory, former Abbot of Philotheou, who lived a holy life."
Abbot of Koutloumousiou Monastery, Mount Athos
Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Virgin Mary of Consolation (Canada)
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