Sunset - Larnaca

Sunset - Larnaca

Thursday, 31 December 2015

The Holy Mountain

Mount Athos, 'the mountain of divine ascent', described as 'the highest place on earth' by Metropolitan Nikolaos, is unquestionably one of the most remarkable, unworldly, monastic, ascetic and uplifting areas of the world, 'yet its highest peak is humility'. The way of life, the peninsula's characteristics, and every detail is based upon the essential virtue of humility, with its exaltation flowing from this. 

Though nowadays, through media, we are able to see vigils, processions, even feasts or talks taking place within the Athonite Peninsula, it is important to remember the majority of monastics living on the Holy Mountain do so insignificantly; with minimal recognition,  yet lead a life filled with repentance and unceasing prayer incorporating the entire world, in stillness and isolation. The uniqueness of Athos is found here; rather than in its richness and popularity. The monk's endless offering to God on behalf of all, in peacefulness, tranquility and humility, in a natural environment is where the Holy Mountain can claim its otherness in comparison to the rest of the world. For through humility, Mount Athos can indeed be known and experienced as 'the highest place on earth.'

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