“The orientation of the monk is towards heaven, towards the life of another world. For this reason they are referred to as ‘earthly angels’; for while dwelling on earth they live as true citizens of heaven. To visit them is to visit the earthly paradise.” – The Sayings of the Desert Fathers
“Angels are a light for monks, and the monastic life is a light for all men.” – Saint John Climacus
“What is more blessed than to imitate the chorus of angels here on earth; to arise for prayer at the very break of day and honour the Creator with hymns and songs.” – Saint Basil the Great
“I have seen lanterns of fire surrounding the monks and a multitude of angels with burning swords in their hands guarding them and I heard the voice of the holy God saying ‘Do not leave them as long as their ways are straight’.” – Saint Anthony the Great
“Indeed one who stands there at about the ninth hour can hear the psalmody issuing forth from each cell, so that he imagines himself to be high above in Paradise.”
– Palladius (Lausiac History)
“As soon as they are up, they stand and sing prophetic hymns…Neither cithara, nor syrinx, nor any other muscial instrument emits such sound as is to be heard in the deep silence and solitude of those holy men as they sing.” – Saint John Chrysostom
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