A Night in the Desert of the Holy Mountain


“A Night in the Desert of the Holy Mountain: Discussion with a Hermit on the Jesus Prayer”
by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos, translated by Effie Mavromichali
night in the desert
“The author, Metropolitan Hierotheos, is a bishop in the Orthodox Church of Greece, and the author of many books on Christian spiritual life and theology. He is one of the most highly respected and widely read ascetical theologians in the Orthodox Church today. The Holy Mountain is Mt. Athos, a 40 mile long peninsula in northeastern Greece which is home to several thousand Orthodox monks, whose chief work is “praying without ceasing” using the Jesus Prayer, handed down from the early Church. The “desert” refers to the some of the very isolated places on Athos populated by hermit monks living hidden away in little huts or caves (as opposed to the large ancient monasteries on Athos). If we say that the Church is the…

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