Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia examines the teachings of St Gregory of Sinai (1255-1346) on the Jesus Prayer. Describing both the form of the Prayer and the inward and outward techniques of prayer of the heart, Metropolitan Kallistos also touches upon the question of possible parallels or influences from other religions on the Jesus Prayer in Eastern Christianity. We are left with a clear impression of the extraordinary saint who, with St Gregory Palamas, initiated the renaissance of hesychasm.
“The Zealot of Athos and Moscow”: The Life of Schema-Archimandrite Ilarion (Udodov). Part I: Childhood and Youth: The Holy Mountain of Athos
Today being the 61st anniversary of the blessed repose of Schema-Archimandrite Ilarion (Udodov; 1862-1951), Bogoslov.Ru is publishing his life, compiled by Fr Vladislav Michin, a priest of the Church of the Deposition of the Venerable Robe of the Theotokos at Blachernae in Leonovo, and translated from the Russian by Yana Larionova. The account of his life will continue in two further parts.
Primate of Russian Orthodox Church expresses concern over detention of Archimandrite Ephrem, abbot of Vatopedi Monastery on Mt. Athos
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent a message to H.E. Karolos Papoulias, President of the Hellenic Republic, expressing concern over the detention of the abbot of the Vatopedi Monastery of the Annunciation on the Holy Mount Athos. The text of the message is given below.
Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia analyses the soteriological theology of St Silouan the Athonite. Identifying the similar sense of cosmic unity found both in Dostoevsky and St Silouan, the Metropolitan discusses the influence of St Isaac the Syrian on both men, moving on to examine St Silouan's burning desire and constant prayer for the salvation of the whole world and its theological implications.