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SAINT GREGORY PALAMAS AS A HAGIORITE
 
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© MetropolitanHierotheos of Nafpaktos
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Introduction1.THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TEACHING OFST. GREGORY PALAMAS
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For the Holy Mountain
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Translator's Note
A few of the Greek words in the original text have been left in theoriginal and are listed with explanations in the glossary at the back of thebook. The first use of each of these words is marked with an asterisk.The translator is very grateful to Effie Mavromichali, who has takentime from her full programme of work to check the whole translationwith theoriginal Greek. The translator is also grateful to BishopHierotheos and to Abbess Photini and all the sisters at the Birth of theTheotokos Monastery who have published this book, for their friendship,help and encouragement.
 
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Preface to the English edition
I consider it a great blessing that my work "St. Gregory Palamas as aHagiorite" is published in English, for many reasons, but mainly becausea significant turn can be observed nowdays in the West. It is a turntowards orthodox life in its authentic expression, just as the holy Fatherslived it and formulated it, and particularly St. Gregory Palamas, who isthe summation of all patristic teaching and orthodox life.
 
The reader will see in the pages to follow the importance of the subjectand the reason why I have dealt with it, a serious subject for our days asit is and why I tried to see St. Gregory Palamas within the perspective of the Holy Mountain.What should be pointed out here is that many people today are studyingthe orthodox life and teaching, and enter the Orthodox Church. There isindeed a great zeal for inner neptic and hesychastic life. I believe thatthis book will answer to this search and will be a help. The life, theconduct and the teaching of this great hagiorite Father will guide allthose who come to Orthodoxy in the right and orthodox way. They willbe taught authentically and genuinely the mysteries of the spirit.Apart from this I believe that the life and the teaching of St. GregoryPalamas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki, will set out the limits and the greatdifference which exists between the abstract and impersonal life of Eastern religions and the Orthodox Tradition as well as betweenBarlaam's scholasticism - moralism and Orthodox spiritual life. And thisis important precisely because tendancies which we have alreadyreferred to prevail in the West today, such as the impersonal way of lifeand scholasticism together with moralism, a fact that creates a deepdespair and speculation. Moreover the reading of this book will show theparticular features of Byzantium, which used to be called Romania(Roman Empire) as it is preserved and kept even in our days on the HolyMountain. Nowdays many people admire the art which developed in theByzantium (Roman Empire) but in the final analysis this art was theoutcome of a holy life, it was the fruit of a way of life, as we can see inthe life and the teaching of St. Gregory Palamas.I glorify God for this new gift that He granted me. I also owe a greatgratitude to Mrs. Esther Williams, who undertook this translation withzeal and love and with Rosslyn's moral support. I remember that whenshe saw this book in its Greek edition, she took it in her hands, kissedthe icon of St. Gregory on the cover -the same one with that of the

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