OUR SPIRIT AND PURPOSE
Unlike the traditional bookstore, since St. Moses Bookstore is managed as part of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States, our main purpose is the spiritual benefit of those souls seeking to grow. We strive to provide customers with the widest variety of Orthodox books and gifts for minimal financial gain.
Since the bookstore is managed by volunteering monks and brothers the financial gain is used solely to provide for the Abbey’s needs and to expand the bookstore to better cater to those souls seeking spiritual benefit.
This focus is also rooted in the ancient deserts of Egypt where faithful pilgrims used to walk tirelessly through the sweltering sun of the desert to find an elder and hear “a word of wisdom by which they may live”. In our modern times because it is not always possible to physically come to the Abbey for retreat, we have followed the guidance of St. Pachomius the Father of Communal Coenobitic Monasticism when there was a lack of spiritual elders and guides in the deserts.
St. Pachomius, standing in the midst of his monastery’s collection of books, motioned with his hands to the full shelves and said, “These are your elders”.