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The Philokalia

The Complete Text Compiled by St.Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain and St.Makarios of Corinth


Publisher writes

"The Philokalia" is a collection of texts written between the fourth and fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. First published in Greek in 1782, translated into Slavonic and later into Russian, "The Philokalia" has exercised an influence far greater than that of any book other than the Bible in the recent history of the Orthodox Church.

Author Information

Philip Sherrard, Rev. Kallistos Timothy Ware, Anon

Gerald Eustace Howell Palmer (1904-84) studied at Oxford and was the MP for Winchester from 1935 until 1945. He collaborated in many translations, including The Philokalia. Philip Sherrard (1922-1995) was educated at Cambridge and lectured at Kings College, London and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies from 1970 to 1977. He translated the works of George Seferis and Odysseus Elytis, making their work available to the English-speaking world. He was baptised into the Orthodox Church in 1956. The Most Reverend Kallistos (Ware), Metropolitan of Diokleia was born in England in 1934 and studied at Oxford. He embraced the Orthodox faith in 1954 and was ordained in 1966, in the same year he became a lecturer at Oxford. He was appointed to a Fellowship at Pembroke College, Oxford, in 1979 and was consecrated as auxiliary bishop in 1982. He retired in 2001 and was elevated to Metropolitan in 2007. He is the author of The Orthodox Church and The Orthodox Way.

Judges' and contributors' comments

Nick Papadopulos: An inexhaustible treasury of spiritual wisdom. It is undeniably a strange read. Its various contents were written in conditions and for audiences radically different from ours, but somehow that enhances its appeal. Its very difference draws the reader in. Many texts are included in it, and many voices are heard in it (some of them can only be found here). It’s probably impossible to read it from cover to cover and to consider it ‘finished’. It’s something to return to time and again. But at its heart are very powerful and simple insights into the quest for God in the Eastern tradition: the descent of the mind to the heart; the obstacles to prayer; the eloquence of silence.

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