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[...] MONASTIC STYLES Both men and women traditionally had their hair cut or removed in specific ways when they entered a monastery or convent. These haircuts symbolized religious devotion, group identity, and humility as well as the renunciation of worldly things and personal vanity. The practice may relate to ancient rites in which people in ...


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In general, Baptists have historically harbored animosity towards anything that smacked of "papistry." Note, for example, John Bunyan's polemics in Pilgrims Progress. Add to that a fear of turning the Gospel into a "work," and you will see that it definitely goes against the grain of traditional Baptist upbringing. As always, with Baptists, nothing is ...


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Monasticism is frequently associated with "the contemplative life", as opposed to "the active life". While there are many different kinds of monastics, an important subset is those who are chiefly engaged in maintaining a simple, prayerful life in an enclosed community, and are therefore found much more towards the contemplative end of the spectrum. The ...


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The first official stage of the religious life is the noviciate. Novices are not admitted to vows until they have successfully completed the prescribed period of training and proving, called the novitiate. This usually lasts one year. This is the period that the member of a religious community undergoes prior to taking vows (poverty, chastity and obedience) ...


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Hesychasm, one of the monastic traditions this question is about, is still practiced on the Greek peninsula, Mount Athos. For over a thousand years, monks have practiced the discipline of continual prayer and worship, which goes back at least as far as the 4th century Desert Fathers. And of course, the concept of praying continually goes back at least to ...


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Name changes in the Bible indicate a significant change in the life of the person. For example, Abram became Abraham. "No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations." (Gen 17:5) Jacob became Israel. Then he said, "Your name shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel, ...


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I suppose the answer depends entirely on how you define success. To be an authentic Hesychast monk, you would really need to move to Mt. Athos. But there's no reason you couldn't successfully integrate some Hesychast methods into your current life. In particular, contemplation, meditation and recital of the Jesus Prayer seems entirely within the reach ...


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While spending some time at St. Bernard's discerning my vocation (before I met my lovely wife) I picked up on a few things: Monastic orders are structured in a way so that daily spiritual life is lived out as a very intimate family. Monasteries can perhaps be compared to villages. Everyone (especially the Abbott) has a good sense of what must be provided ...


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According to what I read from saints, you don't have to be a monk to get some gifts like prayer of heart or the seeing of uncreated light. The man from The Way of a Pilgrim wasn't a monk. Also I read about one of Optina Elders teaching a prayer of heart some sheperd girl. However the idea of achieving these gifts while not being orthodox is strange. And how ...


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See http://orthodoxwiki.org/Pachomius_the_Great St. Pachomius the Great is one of the figures instrumental in moving monastic life from the life of hermits (old as dust) and small communities. As for cenobitism, the widows in the New Testament were parochial nuns. If you consider the function of old widows in almost every church, you will find they ...


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Monasticism was unknown until the end of the third century. Paul expressed that he preferred celibacy, but there was no "command from the Lord" to remain unmarried. (Simon) Peter, according to Catholic tradition the first Pope, was himself married. Luke 4:38 And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother ...


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There are several different sets of rules for different communities of monks; and the specific penalties for the monks are dependent on the rule. Most communities of monks or nuns are governed by one of two sets of rules: the Rule of St. Augustine (of Hippo), and the Rule of St. Benedict (of Nursia). There are also governing documents such as the Statutes ...


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What is a vow? A vow is defined as a promise made to God. The promise is binding, and so differs from a simple resolution which is a present purpose to do or omit certain things in the future. What happens when one breaks their vow? Unlike the simple breach of a promise made to a man, a failure to give to God what has been promised Him is a ...



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