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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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simeon-m-nicholasThe home of his admirable father was Patara, the foremost famous city of Lycia. His parents were of substantial lineage, holding property enough without...
Added on 15/11/2008, 11:46
anna-comnena-alexiad-linkTexts by this father are currently hosted off-site, and can be found here: Anna Comnena (Princess), excerpts from The Alexiad Information on Princess...
Added on 18/11/2008, 15:51
irenaeus-lyons-fragments-lost-writings-linkThe Fragments are sections of works by St Irenaeus of Lyons which are no longer extant, but of which there is record in other ancient writings. Some of...
Added on 10/07/2008, 14:35
basil-the-great-epistle-8-to-the-caesareansIntroductionThis letter was written c. AD 360, upon or shortly after St Basil's discovery that the bishop who had baptised him (Dianius), had accepted the...
Added on 16/08/2008, 11:33
simeon-m-thanksgivingO Thou who willingly dost give thy flesh to me as food, Thou who art a Fire, consuming the unworthy, Consume me not, O my Creator; But rather pass through...