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The Philokalia is an anthology of spiritual texts penned between the fourth and fifteenth centuries by various masters of the Jesus Prayer and hesychasm ("stillness"). In the eighteenth century, these texts were compiled and edited into the present-day work by St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain and St. Macarius of Corinth. During the past century, the texts of the Philokalia have become very popular among Orthodox Christians and others seeking instruction in the deeper aspects of prayer and the spiritual life.

 
The Philokalia, Volumes 1-4
The Philokalia, Volumes 1-4
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"A collection of texts written in Greek between the fourth and 15th centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox tradition. Compiled in the 18th century and first published in Venice in 1782, it has had a profound influence on the spiritual life of the Eastern Churches,"---Theology Digest. On the Jesus Prayer, the Passions, deification, and more. 1626 pages total, four softcovers. Faber & Faber.
     

 
The Philokalia, Volume 1
The Philokalia, Volume 1
Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain, Markarios of Corinth
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The Philokalia is a collection of texts written between the fourth and fifth 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.

Includes the writings of St. Isaiah the Solitary, St. John Cassian, St. Mark the Ascetic, St Hesychios the Priest, St. Neilos the Ascetic, St. Diadochos of Photiki and St. John of Karpathos.
     

 
The Philokalia, Volume 2
The Philokalia, Volume 2
G.E.H. Palmer, P. Sherrand & K. Ware, eds. & trans.
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The Philokalia is a collection of texts written between the fourth and the fifteenth centuries by the spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. First published in Greek in 1782, then translated into Slavonic and later into Russian, The Philokalia has exercised an influence far greater than that of any book apart from the Bible in the recent history of the Orthodox Church. It is concerned with themes of universal importance: how man may develop his inner powers and awake from illusion; how he may overcome fragmentation and achieve spiritual wholeness; how he may attain the life of contemplative stillness and union with God.

Includes the writings of St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, St. Maximos the Confessor, St. Thalassios, St. John of Damaskos and St. Theognostos.
     

 
The Philokalia, Volume 3
The Philokalia, Volume 3
G.E.H. Palmer, P. Sherrand & K. Ware, eds. & trans.
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This is a collection of texts written between the fourth & fifteenth centuries by the spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. (Vol. 1 covers through the eighth century.) First published in Greek in 1782, then translated into Slavonic and later into Russian, The Philokalia has exercised an influence far greater than that of any book apart from the Bible in the recent history of the Orthodox Church.

Includes the writings of St. Philotheos of Sinai, Ilias the Presbyter, Theophanis the Monk, St. Peter of Damaskos and St. Symeon Metaphrastis' paraphrase of the homilies of St. Makarios of Egypt.
     

 
The Philokalia: Volume 4
The Philokalia: Volume 4
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The Philokalia is a collection of texts on prayer and the spiritual life, written between the fourth and fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. In volume four St Symeon the New Theologian speaks about the conscious experience of the Holy Spirit and about the vision of the divine and uncreated Light. St Gregory of Sinai provides practical guidance concerning the life of the Hesychast and the use of the Jesus Prayer. St Gregory Palamas, discusses the distinction between the essence and the energies of God.

Includes the writings of St. Symeon the New Theologian, Nikitas Stithatos, Theoliptos, Metropolitan of Philadelphia, Nikiphros the Monk, St. Gregory of Sinai and St. Gregory Palamas.
     

 

 Writings and Annotations on the Philokalia

Writings from Philokalia on Prayer of the Heart
Writings from Philokalia on Prayer of the Heart
Translated by E. Kadloubovsky & G.E.H. Palmer
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Based on the Russian version of the Philokalia produced in the 19th century by Bishop Theophan the Recluse, these texts center on the Jesus Prayer. "This selection is one of the most important spiritual treatises ever to be translated into English,"---Catholic Herald. 420 pages, softcover.
     

 
Philokalia: The Eastern Christian Spiritual Texts--Selections Annotated & Explained
Philokalia: The Eastern Christian Spiritual Texts--Selections Annotated & Explained
Allyne Smith
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A collection of writings by monks from the fourth to fifteenth centuries, the Philokalia more than any other text reflects the Eastern Church's interpretation of the Bible's meaning. Simply translated, the title means "love of the beautiful," which reflects the text's emphasis on mystical and contemplative practices to engage all of our senses in the acts of worship and prayer.

This introduction to the wisdom of the Philokalia illuminates a text that until now has intimidated the general reader in its scholarly translations from Greek and Russian. Allyne Smith focuses his thoughtful selection on seven themes that recur throughout the five-volume work-repentance, the heart, prayer, the Jesus Prayer, the passions, stillness, and theosis. Smith's enlightening, accessible facing-page commentary fills in the historical and spiritual context, clarifies core teachings, including the Eastern understanding of salvation, and draws connections to modern-day practices, such as contemplative prayer.
     

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