The funeral prayer is prayed on the monk during his ordination so as to raise him from the earthly life to a heavenly life. For this reason many people left the world and their family and lived in the deserts and caves longing for this life, the life of Christian perfection. Today many books are published about the lives of these monks which drew many youth To the monastic life, yet one question is repeatedly asked “what are the signs of the Monastic calling?” In this book there are many spiritual experiences of a monk who tasted the sweetness of this life in the wilderness of scetis and we hope that through this book you will find the answer to this question.
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Written by Fr. Raphael El-Baramousy of Blessed-Memory, this book lays out the principles of the monastic life as has been handed down by the great monastic fathers of the desert. Monastic life declares to the whole world the possibility of living a life of purity and righteousness on this earth despite all its worldly temptations. [...]
Witness To Holiness : Abba Daniel of Scetis Abba Daniel, priest, monastic superior and model of holiness in the austere world of desert monasticism, lived in the sixth century. Some dozen stories about him, and a few sayings attributed to him, have survived in Greek, Syriac, Arabic, Coptic, and Ethiopic. This dispersion attests to his [...]
The Scent Holiness Lessons from a women’s monastery Every monastery exudes the scent of holiness, but women’s monasteries have their own special flavor. Join Constantina Palmer as she makes frequent pilgrimages to a women’s monastery in Greece and absorbs the nuns’ particular approach to their spiritual life. If you’re a woman who’s read of Mount [...]
The late monk the very Rev Father Mettaous el Souriany was a great pillar of monasticism, both or the Sourian Monastery and across the monastic life in general. He came to the monastery at a young age of 22, and lived in the monastery for 60 years in moderate asceticism and true spirit of worship. [...]
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