In an age obsessed with psychology, medicine, and human solutions to spiritual problems, the ancient ministry of the God-bearing elder is a divine gift to the contemporary church. Termed the "golden chain" by St. Symeon the New Theologian, this life-giving ministry of the Church is a precious inheritance passed down from Christ, through the Apostles, from one generation to the next, to our own day. The lives and counsels contained in this volume attest to the continued vitality of this ancient ministry and to the importance of its preservation for the life of the Church today.
This book provides extensive commentary on the lives and counsels of the following elders: Amphilochios of Patmos, Epiphanios of Athens, Iakovos of Evia, Joseph the Hesychast, Paisios the Athonite, Philotheos of Paros, Porphyrios of Attica and George of Drama. It also includes a foreword by Georgios Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus of the University of Thessalonica, detailed maps, and a glossary of theological terms, making it an invaluable source of spiritual orientation and enlightenment for every seeker of Christian Orthodoxy.
212 pp., softcover
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