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Welcome to Monachos.net, a web site dedicated to the study of Orthodox Christianity through its patristic, monastic and liturgical heritage. This introduction describes the site's nature and focus, with a brief overview of its main content areas.

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Click the menu options at the top of the page for access to hundreds of patristic texts in English, studies on the Fathers, articles and reflections on the liturgical services, and documents relating to the Orthodox monastic life.

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Added on 15/11/2008, 13:41
augustine-works-linkThe writings of Augustine of Hippo are extensive. Texts by this father are currently hosted off-site, and can be found here: Augustine of Hippo:...
Added on 09/07/2008, 10:42
a-gospel-motivation-for-the-monastic-lifeA study on the foundation of monasticism as a radical adherence to the Gospel commands towards self-sacrifice and obedience. Revised edition. The...
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Added on 19/11/2008, 09:24
gregory-great-pastoral-rule-linkThis text is currently hosted off-site, and can be viewed here: Pope St Gregory I ('The Great', 'The Dialogist') of Rome, Pastoral Rule
Added on 29/12/2005, 01:24
death-and-new-life-in-the-nativity-of-christA reflection on the Nativity of Christ as the revelation of a life bound up in death, and a new way of seeing death as the entry into Christ's...
Added on 14/07/2008, 20:17
palamas-on-iconsThe following extracts are taken from St Gregory Palamas' longer work, The New Testament Decalogue: 'You shall not make an image of anything in the...