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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.

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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.

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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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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 29/10/2002, 00:00
on-the-nativity-fast-the-preparation-of-the-soulA reflection on the role of the Nativity Fast, which might seem the opposite of Christmas joy, in preparing the human heart for the true joy of...
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Added on 31/12/2008, 23:12
a-letter-for-the-new-yearA letter to Monachos.net readers from the web master, on the Orthodox approach to the new year, as grounded in the testimony of the Fathers on living the...
Added on 12/08/2009, 00:19
john-chrysostom-homilies-2-timothy-linkThis text is currently hosted off-site, and can be viewed here: John Chrysostom, Homilies on 2 Timothy
Added on 11/02/2003, 19:22
early-christian-and-byzantine-music-history-and-performanceAn exploration of the history and practice of Orthodox chanting in the Byzantine style, with a study on the various modes and tones, and the manner of...
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Added on 04/01/2010, 00:00
podcast-ephrem-and-john-on-nativity In a broadcast for the Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of the Lord Jesus Christ, we reflect on two hymns of St Ephrem the Syrian, and a...