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Orthodox Monastic Obedience

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The monastic rule has as its strength to safeguard the monk in his daily life, helping him, through obedience, to keep unceasing vigil upon his inward integrity so that the union of heart and spirit may become for him a reality and lead him, as far as this is possible upon earth, to union with God. It is the primary rule of the order of Offices and also covers the obedience of intellectual and manual work. Work is itself a prayerful activity with the ascetic end in view of overcoming our rebel nature and to keep us from idleness which is so harmful to the spiritual life. Hagiography, icon painting, Byzantine music, woodcarving, incense preparation, making Church vestments, translating or writing books on the spiritual life and printing them, all arts that originated in Byzantium are still performed and flourish in the Monasteries.

Art and especially Byzantine iconography is one of the basic ways for someone to approach God. Byzantium and the particular Tradition we inherit from it, mainly through the monasteries, constitute one of the main components of Christian identity. It is one of our deepest roots.

A monk on duty, Sopocani Monastery, Serbia A woodcarver, Visoki Decani Monastery, Serbia Abbot Nikolai with his novice, Crna Reka Monastery, Serbia Cleaning corn, Visoki Decani Monastery monks, Serbia Cleaning snow - Italian guards in the background, Visoki Dec ...
Cleaning the censers, Visoki Decani Monastery monk, Serbia Communal meal in the everyday 'small' refectory, Visoki Deca ... Conservation of cucambers, Visoki Decani Monastery monks, Se ... Feeding chicken, Visoki Decani Monastery monk, Serbia Fr. Arsenios - the Master Painter, Visoki Decani Monastery, ...
Fr. Avakum is a woodcarver specialized for fine decorations, ... Fr. Daniel processing the milk cream, Visoki Decani Monaster ... Fr. Daniel taking the cows to the field, Visoki Decani Monas ... Fr. Daniel with a new calf, Visoki Decani Monastery, Serbia Fr. Ilarion Cooking, Visoki Decani Monastery, Serbia
Fr. Ilarion Painting, Visoki Decani Monastery, Serbia Fr. Justin and his communication center, Visoki Decani Monas ... Fr. Teodor in the rafting workshop, Visoki Decani Monastery, ... General view of the icon studio, Visoki Decani Monastery, Se ... Harvesting
In the bakery, Visoki Decani Monastery monks, Serbia In the bell tower, Visoki Decani Monastery monk, Serbia In the kitchen, Visoki Decani Monastery monk, Serbia In the woodcarving workshop, Visoki Decani Monastery, Serbia ... Making monastic clothes, Holy Archangels Monastery, Serbia
Making monastic clothes, Visoki Decani Monastery monks, Serb ... Modern technology in 13th century setting, at Sopocani Monas ... Monk Nikodim the carpenter, Visoki Decani Monastery, Serbia Monks have always been known as keen farmers, Visoki Decani ... Novice Predrag in the woodcarving workshop, Visoki Decani Mo ...
Preparing food for cows, Visoki Decani Monastery, Serbia Serb monk cleaning the carpets Serb monk making tomato juice - getting ready for the winter ... Serving the guests of the monastery, Visoki Decani Monastery ... The Painters in the Icon Studio, Visoki Decani Monastery, Se ...
The painters in the Monastery Icon Studio, Visoki Decani Mon ... Updating the Web Site, Visoki Decani Monastery, Serbia Woodcarvers at work, Visoki Decani Monastery, Serbia Woodcarving workshop 2, Holy Archangels Monastery, Serbia Woodcarving workshop, Holy Archangels Monastery, Serbia
Woodcarving, Visoki Decani Monastery, Serbia Working with the heating system, Visoki Decani Monastery, Se ...

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