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!
In part 4 of our series looking at the life of St Noufer, we look at the account of Paphnote when he met this Great saint. The exposition you will read was written in old english and i have added new information as well as modernising the english to make it read better for the… Continue reading St Noufer the Hermit
On the road to meeting St Noufer the Hermit, Fr Paphnote encounters a monk by the name of Timothy who tells him his story. It is very interesting to know St Noufers neighbours and as such i thought it reasonable to include his life story as part 3 of our Journey, which aims to discover… Continue reading St Timothy The Hermit
Much of what we know about St Noufer the Hermit comes from the account left by Fr Paphnote, a coptic monk who was summoned by God to search the desert for these great Saints. This is part 2 of our series into the life of St Noufer and it focuses on the biography of Fr… Continue reading Fr Paphnote
It has always been my dream to capture all the information i can gather about St Noufer the Hermit and publish it. I took this as an oath when i was ordained a Sub Deacon with his Name. In realisation of this oath here is the first part of many about this saint. The Theben… Continue reading Theben Desert