Traditional Orthodox monasticism, it should be noted, is pan-Orthodox, and not exclusive to any one jurisdiction, although Athonite-style monasticism in the 19th and 20th centuries was especially associated with both Greek and Russian jurisdictions. Orthodox Monasteries are in the Athonite tradition, of the age-old institution of eldership in Orthodox Christianity, and of canonical jurisdiction. For the desert fathers, theology was not the study of God but the study of how to become like God.
Monasticism was mostly a solitary affair until the monks were taught how to live in a community. A worldly person may look upon a monk or nun with misgiving, somehow feeling them to be a not living at all in this world, an unnatural person even almost inhuman. This is far from the truth because a monk or nun is simply a person who has laid everything completely aside, for good in order to follow Christ wherever He might lead them.
A monastery is primarily a center of prayer, and prayer is something that the world has always needed, never more so than today when people are so busy and find it difficult to give proper time to prayer. The monk prays not only for himself but for everybody, living and dead. The monk's ideal situation is to entirely forget himself, to "lose his personal life," and to truly worship God and love Him with all his heart and all his soul and all his mind, and love his neighbor as himself (See: Matt. 22:37).
If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and come, follow Me (Matt. 19:21)
From the beginning these words of Christ have been a clear call to all Christian monks that they have felt impelled to obey to the letter.
The devotional pattern of the monastic day is based upon the words of the Psalmist: Seven times a day do I praise Thee because of Thy righteous judgments. (Ps. 1 19:64)
A monastery or convent is a community of monks or nuns living under a common rule and governed by an abbot (abbess) or a superior chosen from among the professed monks or nuns. They rule like a loving father (mother) over their children, often assisted by a council of monks to whom he delegates certain responsibilities. Monks and Nuns work for their livelihood with the common upkeep of the monastery, in the fields, gardens, painting and carving icons, making church vestments, translating or writing and printing books on the spiritual life.
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The Monastic Grades: When one desiring the monastic life enters a monastery, he normally passes through three steps or stages: See: The Monastic Tonsure
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The Orthodox Church in North America, as throughout the world, is characterized by her diverse ethnic and cultural expressions of "the faith once delivered to the saints." From the Orthodox in America
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America: Bishop Ilia of Philomelion; 6455 Silver Dawn Lane Las Vegas, NV 89118 TEL 702-221-8245 FAX 702-221-9167
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of N. America: Metropolitan Philip; 358 Mountain Road Englewood, NJ 07631 TEL 201-871-1355 FAX 201 871-7954
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church: Metropolitan Joseph; 550-A West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019 TEL 212-246-4608 FAX 212-246-4608
Carpatho Russian Orthodox Diocese in the USA: Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos; 312 Garfield Street Johnstown, PA 15906 TEL 814-539-9143 FAX 814-536-4699
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America: Archbishop Demetrios 10 East 79th Street New York, NY 10021 TEL 212-570-3500 FAX 212-570-3592
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada): His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios; 86 Overlea Blvd. Toronto, ON, M4H 1C6 TEL 416-429-5757 FAX 416-429-4588
Jerusalem Patriarchate in North and South America: Metropolitan Damaskinos; 140 Main Street East Setauket, NY TEL 516 689-1109
Orthodox Church in America: Metropolitan Herman; PO Box 675 Syosset, NY 11791 TEL 516-922-0550 FAX 516-922-0954
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America & Canada: Archbishop Nicolae; 5410 N. Newland Avenue Chicago, IL 60656-2026 TEL 773-774-1677 FAX 773-774-1805
Russian Orthodox Church in the USA:Bishop Mercurius; 15 East 97th Street New York, New York 10029 TEL 212-831-6294 FAX 212-427-5003
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia:Metropolitan Laurus: 75 East 93rd Street New York NY 10128 TEL 212-534-1601
Serbian Orthodox Midwestern American: Metropolitan Christopher: PO Box 519 Libertyville, IL 60048 TEL 847-367-0698 FAX 847-367-7901
Serbian Orthodox New Gracanica: Metropolitanate Bishop Longin; 35240 North Grant St. Third Lake, Illinois 60046 TEL 847-223-4300 FAX 847-223-4312
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA: Metropolitan Constantine of Irinoupolis; PO Box 495 South Bound Brook, NJ 08880 TEL 732-356-0090 FAX 732-356-5556