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Manna from Athos

The Issue of Frequent Communion on the Holy Mountain in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries


Hieromonk Patapios and Archbishop Chrysostomos

This book contains the first complete English translation, fully annotated, of the treatise Concerning Frequent Communion, commonly attributed to Sts. Makarios of Corinth and Nikodemos the Hagiorite, the compilers of the Philokalia. This pivotal treatise, by two central figures in the Kollyvades movement, which originated on Mount Athos in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, addresses a somewhat less well-known corollary issue in Orthodox spirituality, that of frequent Communion. The authors discuss the controversy surrounding a decline in the frequency of Communion in the Christian East, the relationship of that controversy to the Kollyvades movement, and the theological arguments in support of frequent Communion advanced by Makarios and Nikodemos, whose joint authorship of the treatise they endeavor to substantiate.
The Authors: Hieromonk Patapios is Academic Director of the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies in Etna, California, USA. He received a B.A. from Cambridge, graduate degrees from the Pennsylvania State University (philosophy) and the University of Pittsburgh (classics and library science), and a doctorate in theology (patristics) from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.
Archbishop Chrysostomos is a Senior Scholar at the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies. He completed his graduate studies in history at the University of California, with M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from Princeton University. A Fulbright Scholar in Romania, he has taught at the University of California and other American and European universities. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Divinity School, a Marsden Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Oxford, and, more recently, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.