Blessed Hermit Philaretos of the Holy Mountain

Blessed Herman Philaretos book
Constantine Cavarnos “Blessed Hermit Philaretos of the Holy Mountain: Remarkable ascetic and mystic, faithful adherent of the ideals of the Kollyvades Saints Macarios of Corinth and Nicodemos the Hagiorite (ca. 1881-1961): an account of his life, character, and message” (Volume 12 Modern Orthodox Saints) [Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies; 1st edition 1997]
Elder Philaretos
A remarkable ascetic and mystic, comparable to the 14th century Byzantine mystics. This book interviews with him by Dr. Cavarnos and other Orthodox scholars.
Elder Philaretos 2
“Dr Constantine Cavarnos, head of the Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies in Belmont, Massachusetts, has for a number of years been a writer of discernment on matters Orthodox, with a special emphasis on traditional expressions of Orthodoxy in Greek culture. His books are numerous (see those listed on the IBMGS site), and all the ones I’ve read have always been as informative as they are edifying. It’s a rare talent to accomplish the two regularly, but Dr Cavarnos succeeds entirely.
His series on Modern Orthodox Saints is a case in point. The series is up to 15 volumes now. The first of these that I ever picked up was volume six, on Saint Arsenios of Paros …. I’ve appreciated the quality of both the writing and the books ever since. On the quality of the books, it is perhaps sufficient to note that the paper is a thick, smooth, and creamy, obviously acid-free, with sewn bindings in both hardcover and softcover. The softcovers have particularly sturdy cardstock for covers, thicker than is usual. The quality of the book production is suitable to its subject, honoring these saints with a quality setting for these modern lives. On the writing, it is a pleasure to say that Dr Cavarnos is a believer as well as an academic. The books are well-organized and full of information, but they are not merely academic treatises on the sources and lives of the saints. They are modern hagiographies. As these saints are all relatively recently reposed, some indeed very recently, there are numerous sources available to give satisfactory detail to their lives, including photographs of the saints and their surroundings, where available. Several of the saints were even interviewed by Dr Cavarnos during the struggles of their waking lives among us, and so we benefit from his sharing this primary source material.”
For the Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, see:
For the Institute’s Series “Modern Orthodox Saint”, see:
1: St. Cosmas Aitolos
2: St. Macarios of Corinth
3: St. Nicodemos the Hagiorite
4: St. Nikephoros of Chios
5: St. Seraphim of Sarov
6: St. Arsenios of Paros
7: St. Nectarios of Aegina
8: St. Savvas the New
9: St. Methodia of Kimolos
10: Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene of Lesvos
11: Blessed Elder Philotheos Zervakos
12: Blessed Hermit Philaretos of the Holy Mountain
13: Blessed Elder Gabriel Dionysiatis
14: Blessed Elder Iakovos of Epiros, Elder Joseph the
Hesychast, and Mother Stavritsa the Missionary
15: Saint Athanasios Parios

See also:
Dimitri E. Conomos, Graham Speake (Ed) “Mount Athos, the Sacred Bridge: The Spirituality of the Holy Mountain” [Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, 2005]
Mount Athos, the Sacred Bridge
Most of the papers included in this volume were first presented at a conference convened by the Friends of Mount Athos at Madingley Hall, Cambridge, in 2003. Mount Athos is the principal surviving centre of Orthodox monasticism and the spiritual heart of the Orthodox world. The aims of the conference were to draw attention to the historic importance, the spirituality, and the religious legacy of the Holy Mountain and to shed light on the contribution made by Athonite monasticism not only to worldwide Orthodoxy but also to Christianity at large. Many of the papers focus on particular individuals who from the fourteenth century to the twentieth have exemplified the spiritual traditions of Athos and whose memory as spiritual fathers, confessors, and ascetics continues to inspire their successors today.


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