Monastic Life

 

logoChapelWeb site for the Paracletos Monastery

Antreville, South Carolina email
Dedicated to the Holy Spirit, the monastery is located just south of Anderson, SC in Antreville. It is located in a peaceful wooded rural setting, a place appropriate for prayer. The Monastery was established in 2004. It is a place where Christian souls who desire to dedicate themselves totally to God take refuge, occupy themselves constantly with God, pray unceasingly, and glorify His Name while simultaneously they cleanse themselves internally and strive to become holy.


Guest House

You are always welcome to visit the monastery. Just call at (864) 348-7545 and ask one of the Sisters for a time you can visit.

 

Confession of an Orthodox Christian

by Abbess Pavlina of the Paracletos Monastery

Incredible life of the Icon - Panagia Soumela

A copy of this icon is kept in the Chapel at the monastery and is know to have been involved in numerous miracles.

 

Holy Monastery of Voulkanos

Abbot: Father Prokopios

The Abbot periodically visits the Paracletos Monastery for confessions and spiritual guidance.


An excellent video on Monastic Life

The Little Mountain (30 min)


The Monastic Life in the Eastern Orthodox Church

by Panayiotis Christou
A comprehensive overview of monasticism in the Orthodox Church. Includes: The origin of the monastic life; The development of the monastic life; The coenobitic system; The geographic spread of monasticism; The ideals of the monastic life.


Monasticism

st anthony MonasterySaint Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery, Arizona

"The innermost spiritual sense of Orthodox Monasticism is revealed in joyful mourning. This paradoxical phrase denotes a spiritual state in which a monk in his prayer grieves for the sins of the world at at the same time experiences the regenerating spiritual joy of Christ's forgiveness and resurrection. A monk dies in order to live, he forgets himself in order to find his real self in God, he becomes ignorant of worldly knowledge in order to attain real spiritual wisdom which is given only to the humble ones...."


Nun

Monasticism in the Orthodox Church

History by His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh.
Since the early years of the Christian era, Christians have been called by Christ Himself to life in the world without being of the world. They are distinct from the world, because of their special conduct and their exemplary ethical life....

 

Orthodox Christian Monasticism

by Georgios I. Mantzarides
The innermost spiritual sense of Orthodox Monasticism is revealed in joyful mourning. This paradoxical phrase denotes a spiritual state in which a monk in his prayer grieves for the sins of the world at at the same time experiences the regenerating spiritual joy of Christ's forgiveness and resurrection. A monk dies in order to live, he forgets himself in order to find his real self in God, he becomes ignorant of worldly knowledge in order to attain real spiritual wisdom which is given only to the humble ones.

 

Development of Monasticism (Slide Show)


Asceticism: The Bridge Between Marriage and Monasticism In Orthodox Spirituality

The traditional teaching of the Orthodox Church that monasticism is a “higher” or the ‘highest’ spiritual calling is received by many converts as an oppression and a confusion. If monasticism is a higher calling, so they tend to reason, and I am called to married life in the world, it seems I am required to live according to a ‘lower’ calling...

 

Five Good Reasons NOT to Visit a Monastery

The growth of monasteries in North America over the past thirty years, and especially in the past five years, has brought about a tremendous opportunity for faithful Orthodox Christians to visit monasteries as pilgrims and be exposed to monastic tradition. A monastery, among other things, is a place which practices the liturgical and spiritual life in a maximalist way.....

 

Monastic Grades

When one desiring the monastic life enters a monastery, he normally passes through three steps or stages: 1) Probationer (Novice including Riasaphor), 2) Monk of the Lesser Schema (Cross-bearer or Stavrophore), and 3) Monk of the Great Schema (Russian Skhimnik). The Probationer who enters a monastery desires to do so in order to acquit himself worthily in the angelic state, so called because Monks renounce all worldly things, do not marry, do not acquire and hold property, and live as do the Angels in Heaven, glorifying God night and day and striving to do His Will in all things... (more)


Mount Athos

Mount AthosMount Athos (Greek: Όρος Άθως, Oros Athos) is a mountain on the peninsula of the same name in Macedonia, of northern Greece, called in Greek Agion Oros (Άγιον Όρος, transliterated often as Hagion Oros), or in English, "Holy Mountain". In Classical times, the peninsula was called Aktí (Ακτή) (sometimes Acte or Akte). Politically it is known in Greece as the Autonomous Monastic State of the Holy Mountain. This World Heritage Site is home to 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries and forms a self-governed monastic state within the sovereignty of the Hellenic Republic. Spiritually, Mount Athos comes under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

 

Meteora,Meteora Greece

The Metéora (Greek: Μετέωρα, "suspended rocks", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above") is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The nearest town is Kalambaka, Greece. The monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Peneios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The Metéora is home to six monasteries and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

Holy Monastery of St. Catherine at Mount Sinai

St Catherine - SinaiSaint Catherine's Monastery (Greek: Μονὴ τῆς Ἁγίας Αἰκατερίνης) on the Sinai Peninsula, at the mouth of an inaccessible gorge at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt. The monastery is Greek Orthodox and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery library preserves the second largest collection of early codices and manuscripts in the world, outnumbered only by the Vatican Library. Its strength lies in Greek, Coptic, Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Georgian, and Syriac texts. The complex houses irreplaceable works of art: mosaics, the best collection of early icons in the world, many in encaustic, as well as liturgical objects, chalices and reliquaries, and church buildings. The large icon collection begins with a few dating to the 5th (possibly) and 6th centuries, which are unique survivals, the monastery having been untouched by Byzantine iconoclasm, and never sacked.


 

Trek of The Monasteries - Canyon of The Khawagas, Egypt from En Jé on Vimeo.

 

Website of Saint Anthony's Monastery in Egypt.


Life of a Coptic Monk.

Excellent video on nature of life as a monk.
"a truly remarkable story of the last Anchorite, Father Lazarus El Anthony, a coptic hermit who has been living in solitude on the Mount Colzim (the mountain of st Anthony's cave, Egypt) for several years. He is Australian and worked as a university lecturer teaching literature and philosophy. He spent about forty-years of his life being an atheist deriving his philosophy from Marxism. After his mother was diagnosed with incurable cancer and died, he abandoned his life in Australia and went in quest of God and freedom. His pilgrimage, brought him ultimately to live as Coptic monk.

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Macarius great monasteryThe Monastery of St. Macarius at Scetis (Wadi Natrun)

The Monastery of St. Macarius lies in Wadi Natrun, the ancient Scetis, 92 kilometers from Cairo on the western side of the desert road to Alexandria. It was founded in 360 A.D. by St. Macarius the Egyptian, who. was spiritual father to more than four thousand monks of different nationalities-Egyptians, Greeks, Ethiopians, Armenians, Nubians, Asians, Palestinians, Italians, Gauls and Span-lards. There were among them men of letters and philosophers, and members of the aristocracy of the time, along with simple illiterate peasants. From the fourth century up to the present day the monastery has been continuously inhabited by monks.


Monastery of Saint Anthony

- video


Teachings of some well known monastics

Elder Piasios


Photos of Monasteries around the world