Ιερα Μονή Αγίου Παύλου – The Holy Monastery of Agiou Pavlou (St Paul)

Ιερα Μονή Αγίου Παύλου. Εξωτερική άποψη. Holy Monastery of Agiou Pavlou (St Paul). External view.

Ιερα Μονή Αγίου Παύλου. Εξωτερική άποψη. Holy Monastery of Agiou Pavlou (St Paul). External view.

Ιδρύθηκε λίγα χρόνια πριν το 980 και ονομαζόταν Μονή του Αγίου Παύλου ή του Ξηροποτάμου. Κτήτοράς της φαίνεται να ήταν ο φημισμένος μοναχός Παύλος, πού ίδρυσε και τη Μονή του Αγίου Νικηφόρου, η οποία επίσης ονομαζόταν (και ονομάζεται) του Ξηροποτάμου. Το 14ο αι. μετατράπηκε σε κελλί της Μονής Ξηροποτάμου και περί το 1370 επανήλθε και πάλι στην τάξη των Μονών. Μεγάλος ευεργέτης της Μονής υπήρξε η σερβο-ελληνικής καταγωγής πριγκήπισσα Μαρία (Μάρω), σύζυγος του σουλτάνου Μουράτ Β΄ και μητέρα του Μωάμεθ του Πορθητού. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

THE SPIRITUAL STRUGGLE IN THE ORTHODOX TRADITION

spiritual struggle 

XVII International Ecumenical Conference on Orthodox Spirituality

Bose Monastery, Wednesday 9 – Saturday 12 September 2009

in collaboration with the Orthodox Churches

Bose, 2 September 2009

The 17th annual International Ecumenical Conference on Orthodox Spirituality will be held at the Bose Monastery on 9–12 September 2009. Organized in collaboration with the Orthodox Churches, the conference is an important occasion of discussion on fundamental themes of the spiritual life, those where the traditions of Christian East and Christian West intersect the deepest expectation of contemporary man.

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THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE BATTLE OF KOSOVO 1389 AND ITS CULTURAL EFFECT ON THE SERBIAN PEOPLE

 

Kosovo battle (1389) painted by Adam Stefanovic , 1870-1871

Kosovo battle (1389) painted by Adam Stefanovic , 1870-1871

by Mark Gottfried (1972)

The Serbian culture endured through five centuries of Turkish occupation, although the Turks offered security and prosperity, for conversion to Turkish life styles. This Serbian culture was retarded for five centuries, after the Serbian defeat on the plain of Kosovo.

From a culture that led Europe and the Balkans during the Medieval period, the Serbian culture degenerated and stagnated, to the point that when it regained its freedom it had centuries to recover. The Turkish victory at Kosovo, was not as much political as it was cultural. «Turkish historians lay more stress on the Battle of Maritza eighteen years before, which they call Serb Sindin (Serbian defeat).» The military destiny of Serbia was sealed at Maritza. Contemporary chroniclers, without the benefit of hindsight, felt that Kosovo was only one of a series of bloody engagements, leading to the collapse of the Serbian kingdom. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »