The Hidden Man of the Heart

(1 Peter: 3:4) The Cultivation of the Heart in Orthodox Christian Anthropology


‘In temptations and sufferings, it is not we who make the plans, we do not choose our cross, but we accept the cross that the all­ wise Providence of God allows in our life. God knows how big or small a cross we need. He will give us just that cross which is absolutely right and necess­ary for us to be disentangled from all our attachments in this transitory life, and to run after Christ with a free heart.’

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The Hidden Man of the Heart consists of a series of presenta­tions on the place of the heart in the spiritual life of the Chris­tian. Reference is made to the Hesychast tradition of the Orthodox Church, including two of the most influential figures in contemporary Christianity: Saint Silouan the Athonite (1866-1938) and Saint Sophrony the Athonite (1896-1993).
Delivered in Wichita, Kansas at the 2007 Clergy Brotherhood Retreat of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, each lec­ture (divided here into chapters) is published in full, together with its corresponding Questions & Answers.

‘Man’s true purpose foreordained before all worlds is attained by the keeping of the Creator’s commandments; their fulfil­ ment presupposes the return of the mind to the heart and the restoration of its original integrity. For only then can a person love God with his whole being and his neighbour as himself, according to the twofold commandment of love. Such was the state of man in Paradise; he knew neither division nor struggle within his soul. The natural God-given power of his mind was continually turned towards the Face of God, and his delight in the glory of God knew no bound. But now he is fallen and his mind is dispersed; he must return to his heart and rediscover his unity…The mind is now in the heart. God watches over it.
It is immersed in the warmth of the heart, and is cleansed by the baptism of fire which the Lord brought to earth (cf. Luke 3:16; 12:49). And when the cleansing is complete, the mind becomes as lightning, and is ready to enter the deep heart!


The Mystery of Man’s Heart: an Introduction
1. The Awakening of the Heart through Mindfulness of Death
2. The Hour of Death
3. The Awakening of the Heart through Fear of God
4. The Awakening of the Heart through Bearing Shame in the Sacrament of Confession
5. The Building Up of the Heart by Vigilance and Prayer
6. Prayer as Infinite Creation
7. The Building Up of the Heart by the Grace of Repentance
8. On Repentance
9. On Repentance and the Struggle against the Passions
10. On Repentance within the Body of the Church
11. The Building Up of the Heart by the Crucifixion of the Mind
12. ‘Go in and you will find rest’
13. The Deep Heart, New Energies and True Humility
14. The Word of God, Divine Inspiration and Prophetic Life
15. On the Gift of Speaking in Tongues
16. Sermon for the Leave-taking of the Feast of the Meeting of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Temple
Index of Names and Subjects
Index of Scriptural References
Weight 0.464 kg
Dimensions 21.5 × 15 × 2 cm

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou



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Hardback Clothbound with Dust Jacket




Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist


2nd edition

Publication year

Reprinted 2023



About the Author

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou

Father Zacharias studied theology at the Orthodox Theological Institute of Saint Sergius in Paris and at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has lived all his monastic life in the monastery of Saint John the Baptist in Essex where he serves as a spiritual Father and minister of the word of God to his brethren and the people that come to him. Read more…

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  1. Christopher Callen (verified owner)

    This books has truly been a blessing for me! I was not able to put it down. Glory to God in all things.

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