Stability

From the evolving Rule of Life of the Hermitage of St Cedd:

stability
The Hermit will live according to the eremitical Tradition of the Orthodox Church, maintaining and being obedient to the Doctrine and Praxis of that Tradition.

The Hermit will establish and maintain a stable pattern of life in which each period (be it day, week, month or year) is divided between:

• Prayer (including the Offices of the Hours)
• Reading and study
• Writing
• Ministry (for example, providing spiritual guidance and counselling)
• Labour in the Hermitage and the garden (for example, preparing food; laundry; gardening)
• Labour outside the Hermitage to meet the living expenses of the Hermit.
• Recreation and refreshment

The Hermit will dedicate daily at least one hour to personal prayer (in addition to reciting the offices and celebrating the Liturgy). The Hermit will maintain a record of those for whom he prays, including those from whom requests for such prayers have come.

Work

The Hermitage and its grounds being the outer reflection of the eremitical life, the Hermit will carefully maintain them to reflect simplicity and good order .

The Hermit will focus especially on scholarly work, particularly in the fields of liturgy and ascetical theology in the traditions of both Oriental and Eastern Orthodoxy, and provide assistance and guidance to students studying in these fields, and to those new to Orthodoxy.

The Hermit will undertake the publication of a website encouraging exploration into the Orthodox spiritual life in the modern urban context, publish scholarly studies in the Orthodox liturgical and spiritual tradition, provide guidance and advice to people all over the world by e-mail, and offer prayers for those who seek his unworthy intercessions. The Hermit will aim to write at least one scholarly study on the Orthodox liturgical and spiritual tradition each month.

The Hermit will establish and maintain a library, both in hardcopy and electronic form, of works on the Orthodox eremitical tradition and will, as far as possible, make the resources of the library available to those seeking to live according to that tradition. He will particularly include in the library works on modern explorations of the eremitical life.

Lectio Divina

The Hermit will dedicate at least one hour daily to Lectio Divina (spiritual reading) and will each day read aloud from the Holy Scriptures and from the Conferences (Latin: Collationes patrum in scetica eremo) of Saint John Cassian (ca. 360 – 435) )[as found in “John Cassian. Conferences” Translated by Colm Luibheid, Paulist Press, New York, 1985].

The Hermit will read, study and reflect upon two of the Conferences each month, completing his study of the whole text each year.

Saint-John-Cassian
The Hermit will choose one book on Orthodox Spirituality which shall for each month form part of his Lectio Divina, and shall, in his Journal, maintain a record of that reading.

The books for the first six months will be:

1. A Monk of the Eastern “Church Orthodox Spirituality. An Outline of the Orthodox Ascetical and Mystical Traditio” [St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, Crestwood NY, 1996]

2. Igumen Chariton of Valamo “The Art of Prayer. An Orthodox Anthology “[Faber and Faber, London, 1997]

3. George Maloney “Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. An Introduction to Eastern Christian Spirituality” [Crossroad Publishing, NY, 1997]

4. Catherine Doherty “Poustinia. Encountering God in Silence, Solitude and Prayer” [Madonna House, Combermere ON, 2000]

5. Helen Waddell (trans) “The Desert Fathers” [Constable, London, 1936]

6. Ignatius Brianchaninov “On the Prayer of Jesus” [John Watkins, London, 1965]

The Journal

The Hermit shall maintain a written record of his spiritual life – his Journal – and shall, emergencies excepted, make entries daily into the Journal.

The Hermit will record in the Journal the time devoted by him to all activities.

Reporting to The Bishop

The Hermit will, not less than once every three months, make a written report of his life to his Bishop, and will meet with his Bishop not less than once every year to discuss his spiritual life.

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