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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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shirak-autobiography-linkTexts by this father are currently hosted off-site, and can be found here: Ananias of Shirak, Autobiography
Added on 16/04/2011, 21:54
poem-mother-do-not-weep A poem by Orthodox poet Timothy Jeffries Johnson, reflecting on the liturgical text from Great and Holy Saturday, in which the crucified Christ calls...
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Added on 30/08/2010, 21:36
whatsnew-dormition-textsWe have added the full hymnography for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos to our collection of liturgical texts and rubrics, including both...
Added on 15/06/2004, 14:21
aphrahat-demonstration-six-and-the-liber-graduum-two-models-of-early-mesopotamian-proto-monasticismThis study explores two types of early Syrian monastic life, grounded in the writings of Aphrahat the Persian. 'Since it is the extant literature...
Added on 25/02/2010, 18:07
ambrose-milan-on-the-holy-mysteriesCHAPTER I St. Ambrose states that after the explanations he has already given of holy living, he will now explain the Mysteries. Then after giving his...