Abba Boctor, the writer and abbot of the Descending Monastery, commonly known as the Glass Monastery in the city of Alexandria said: Listen my beloved brethren and believers of the Lord Jesus, I shall tell you what I saw with my own eyes! At the age of twelve, I greatly desired monasticism and so came… Continue reading 10 Days To Live!
Abba Stephanos the Hermit, in the wilderness of El Fayoum. Listen my friends and I will tell you what I witnessed with my own eyes and heard with my own ears… One day, I was wandering in the wilderness and meditating on its valleys, mountains, and many wild beasts which becomes tame to humans. So… Continue reading The Skull That Spoke!
The basic habit of a Coptic monk is made up of a leather belt worn under a long, black gown, a black skull cap and a black hood. When a monk is also a priest and is taking a liturgical service he changes into similar garments, but in white. The hood worn by Coptic monks… Continue reading The Koulla!
Saint John of the Ladder is honored by the Church as a great ascetic and author of the renowned spiritual book called THE LADDER, from which he is also called “of the Ladder” (Climacus). There is almost no information about St John’s origins. One tradition suggests that he was born in Constantinople around the year… Continue reading St John Of The Ladder!
This is found in particular in Lower Egypt, as well Syria, but there only after the fifth century. The great father of this form of life is St. Anthony. At about twenty years of age (c. 269), he heard Christ’s words, “Go, sell all you have and give to the poor and come and follow… Continue reading The Hermitic Life
Father Lazarus, is a hermit on the mountain of St. Anthony. His life is one of detachment, silence, and solitude. Those things are not about absence but rather presence. They are practices and ways of life that open us to the very heart of God. They are interior conditions that we can each cultivate regardless… Continue reading Interview with the Last Anchorite!
The first type of monk is the pure life of withdrawal and seclusion: the eremitic life. This is found in particular in Lower Egypt, as well Syria, but there only after the fifth century. The great father of this form of life is St. Anthony. CLICK HERE for the article!