Scenes of Orthodox Monasticism

About Fr. Stephen Freeman

Fr. Stephen is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America, Pastor Emeritus of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is also author of Everywhere Present and the Glory to God podcast series.


9 responses to “Scenes of Orthodox Monasticism”

  1. Mary Avatar

    Ah, the voice of Divna! I am working to bring it here to North America. Help!

  2. Fr. James Early Avatar

    What language is the chant in?

  3. David Bryan Avatar

    Father, the video is no longer available.

  4. David Bryan Avatar

    ….aaaaand now it’s working. Nevermind.

  5. Sbdn. Lucas Avatar
    Sbdn. Lucas

    It’s in Greek.

  6. tyrporter Avatar

    Father, could you expand on/explain the quotation at the beginning of the video “make peace with yourself and heaven and earth will make peace with you”? It seems counterintuitive to think that the way I view myself can have any affect on the world around me and the heavens above me. I assume then it is somehow existential in meaning but beyond that I am confused.

  7. fatherstephen Avatar

    I assume in St. Isaac, that to make peace with yourself is another way of speaking about repentance. So long as we are slaves of sin, we are at war with ourselves (as in Romans 7). His statement is much like St. Seraphim’s, “Acquire the Spirit of peace and a thousand souls around you will be saved.”

    Having peace with oneself is not about how you view yourself, but true, inner integrity that comes from repentance and the grace of God.

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