.This website is being designed to complement the blog "Monks and Mermaids" which has over a thousand posts which are published as they come up. There is a need for a more systematic presentation of themes, and this is what I hope this website will provide. If this works, both the blog "Monks and Mermaids" and this website will benefit from each other.
This is a monastic website, embedded in monastic Tradition of both East and West. Although it looks at the Christian life from many diffferent angles, it is centred on th Liturgy and especially on the Eucharist. This is because, for Christian life in general and for the coenobitic (communitarian) monastic life in particular, the liturgy, and especially the Eucharist, lie at the heart of everything worthwhile thing that we do. I hope that you will be helped in your prayer life, whether you are Catholic or Orthodox.
Posts are published under headings, according to the subject matter. Writings from both Catholic and Orthodox sources will be published, eaching giving witness from a particular Orthodox or Catholic viewpoint of the the common Tradition. We consider the Cathollic and Catholic churches as sister churches in spite of the schism that has damaged both of us. We know that, for many Orthodox, we Latins are heretics; while we see in Orthodoxy that fullness of the faith that we enjoy ourselves. Thank God that, perhaps for the first time in history, both churches have the same problems because we live in the same globalised culture. Thanks to Vatican II, we are also discussing our differences within the context of the same eucharistic understanding of the Church, and our spirituality is seen within the context of theosis (or divinization). Finally, the advance of Islam and secularism - I am not sure which of them is more intolerant - is forcing us to combine our efforts even before we solve our theological problems.
This is a liturgical website, and the author is wholeheartedly in support of the process of liturgical change that was iniciated by Vatican II. On the other hand, in the name of Tradition which is the direct result of the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church, we support the use of the extraordinary rite and believe those who use it peacefully and not insulting the majority who don't are doing a service to the Church at large; and we agree on the need for a "reform of the reform", both to recuperate elements that were too readily jettisoned, and to give expression to the teaching of Vatican II that was not digested and adequately expressed in the first round of changes. However, I am old enough to know that the mythical pre-Vatican II liturgical paradise simply did not exist, and there was every need for change. Most of the problems arose from people who had no liturgical sense - the result of conditions existing before the Council - being mainly responsible for bringing about the changes on the ground. The most damage has been done by pre-Counciliar non-liturgical attitudes on what will eventually, God willing, be a truly positive process.
Finally, the "ecclesial peace" of the title is the kind of peace the world cannot give. It is a peace between human beings that stems from our harmony with God which Christ won for us on the Cross and which we share through Christian living that is centred on the Eucharist. It is the Presence of the Holy Spirit made visible, and is the source of the Church's unity, flowing from the Eucharist. The Church is personified in each saint; and ecclesial peace in his heart is called, in Greek, hesychia. Happy reading to you all.
A LIST OF THE MAIN SUBJECTS ACCORDING TO THEIR CATEGORIES.
to access all related posts click on: LITURGY
THE HOLY SPIRIT & PENTECOST
to access all related posts, please click on :ST GREGORY PALAMAS ON THE HOLY SPIRIT
THE JESUS PRAYER
to access all posts related to the Jesus Prayer, click THE JESUS PRAYER - AN INTRODUCTION by Peter Kreeft
THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
For all posts related to THE TRANSFIGURATION, please click on THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION by Fr Jean Corbon OP >
GOD MANIFESTING HIS PRESENCE THROUGH A SACRIFICIAL AND TRANSFORMING LOVE: ST ELIZABETH THE ROYAL MARTYR (ORTH) >
GOD'S GLORY SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN: ST ELIZABETH'S CONVENT, MINSK. (Orth)
MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
Creator of heaven and earth, and
in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead and buried.
On the third day he rose again from the dead,
He ascended into heaven and sits at the right
hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence
he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy, Catholic Church,
the Communion of saints.
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.
SEPARATED FROM ALL AND UNITED TO ALL by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware: HERMIT LIFE IN THE CHRISTIAN EAST
COMMUNITY OF BETHLEHEM (NUNS)