Shem`on the Graceful

Discourse on the Solitary Life

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Mary Hansbury

ISBN: 978-0-7283-0301-0

LENGTH: 68 pages

Fairacres Publications 184

2020

The late seventh century in the Syrian Church saw the flourishing of several noted monastic writers, amongst them Shem`on, a monk of an abbey in south-west Iran. Few of his writings remain, but this homily has been preserved as a model of instruction on the solitary life. Preached at the consecration of the cell of a monk embarking on the hermit life, it clearly states the disciplines required to live this form of asceticism, as well as the difficulties and dangers that will be encountered. Through this life of stillness (hesychia), the whole person lives centred on life in the resurrected Christ and in the continuing work of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in the world.

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The late seventh century in the Syrian Church saw the flourishing of several noted monastic writers, amongst them Shem`on, a monk of an abbey in south-west Iran. Few of his writings remain, but this homily has been preserved as a model of instruction on the solitary life. Preached at the consecration of the cell of a monk embarking on the hermit life, it clearly states the disciplines required to live this form of asceticism, as well as the difficulties and dangers that will be encountered. Through this life of stillness (hesychia), the whole person lives centred on life in the resurrected Christ and in the continuing work of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in the world.

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ISBN

978-0-7283-0301-0

Length

68 pages

Author

Mary Hansbury

ISSN

0307-1405

Book Size

140 x 210 mm

Subtitle

Discourse on the Solitary Life

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Author Bio

Mary Hansbury is a student and teacher of early Syriac literature and is also a trained iconographer. Her publications include translations of St Isaac of Nineveh and the Letters of John of Dalyatha.

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