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The Living Witness of the Holy Mountain: Contemporary Voices from Mount Athos

Archbishop Alexander (Golitzin)

This collection of essays, sermons, narratives, and apophthegmata shows, the significance of the work of the monks who come to Athos to devote themselves to God continues undiminished, as does the vitality of their contribution to the spiritual life of Orthodoxy worldwide. The simplicity and truth of the Gospel is reflected in anecdotes of contemporary Fathers of the Holy Mountain; we read of the connection between the light of Christ’s Transfiguration on Mount Tabor and Orthodox monastic spirituality; we learn how St. Herman of Alaska, America’s first Orthodox saint, was a kind of gift to America from Athos; the critical importance of the spiritual father and the Jesus prayer in an Orthodox monastery, and the link between monasticism and martyrdom; the journey of a French Catholic scholar to Orthodoxy over a span of many years. Also included is the Tomos of Mount Athos in Defense of the Holy Hesychasts and also an illuminating Introduction, an examination of Athonite history, organization, and daily life.