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Publishing the ﬁrst edition of the Service of Saint Sophrony with the approval and blessing of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, we hope that it will help us draw near to our saints, so that we may be ediﬁed by their word and so that their intercession may continue to minister that which Elder Sophrony, wise in God, considered the greatest miracle in all the created world: the union of the heart of man with the eternal Spirit of God.
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Written originally in Greek by the reverend Nun Syncletica of the Holy Monastery of St John the Baptist, Karea, Attica, in 2013, to which were added in 2020 another Apolytikion and a Kondakion, works of the reverend Hieromonk Athanasios of Simonopetra, Hymnographer of the Holy and Great Church of Christ. Now translated into English by members of our Community of Saint John the Baptist, Essex.
Patriarchal and Synodical Act of Glorification of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Sacred Letter of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Saint Sophrony, started his monastic life on Mount Athos. His acquaintance with Saint Silouan became the landmark of his life. He lived as a cenobitic monk at St Panteleimon’s monastery and later as a hermit in the caves of Karoulia. After twenty two years on the Holy Mountain, he travelled to Paris for medical treatment, where he served as a parish priest. In 1959, he founded our monastery in Essex, England, where he served as the abbot and spiritual father. Towards the end of his life he withdrew to live once more as a recluse. Read more…