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Monachos.net is currently undergoing a major server and structural overhaul (February 2013). Please forgive the inconvenience while some content is unavailable during this time, and not all site features may yet function properly.

Why does everything look so different?

Monachos.net is currently being upgraded to a new content delivery system, which allows more dynamic functionality, security and extensibility. We're hopeful that the end result will be an even more user-friendly and content-rich experience than we've been able to offer over the past 12 years. However, it involves thousands of pages of updating, and our priority is on ensuring that the vast array of our content remains available, even while we've not yet quite finished the new styling. Rest assured that what you're seeing at present isn't the final new appearance, and look forward to updates to the visual appearance as we move forward.

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.


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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Visit our active Discussion Community forum - Take some time to explore one of the key resources of Monachos.net: our extensive Discussion Community, which recently won the Eastern Christian New Media 2009 & 2010 award for 'Best Forum' on the Orthodox internet, with over 110,000 posts pertaining directly to the legacy of the Church Fathers and monastic traditions.

Featured Content

Added on 08/02/2009, 17:29
lentAn extensive collection of resources for Great Lent, as well as the pre-Lenten period: reflections on daily themes, lectionary readings, prayers and...
Added on 17/11/2008, 09:46
chronicle-edessa-linkThe Chronicle of Edessa is currently hosted off-site, and can be viewed here: The Chronicle of Edessa
Added on 12/08/2009, 21:48
beta-2010-styleWelcome to the beta testing area for the Monachos.net 2010 styling. This allows beta testers to view the site's new styling and layout, and report and...
Added on 11/06/2003, 12:13
the-origins-and-motivations-of-monasticismA study focusing on the interrelationship of asceticism and monasticism, and exploring the origins of the monastic 'movement' in the Church. From its...
Added on 19/11/2008, 09:34
gregory-great-vergilius-arles-linkThis text is currently hosted off-site, and can be viewed here: Pope St Gregory I ('The Great', 'The Dialogist') of Rome, Letter to Vergilius of Arles...