Meditations on Monasticism

This is a short and beautifully made trailer for an upcoming film which will highlight life at the Orthodox men’s monastery of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco near Manton, CA. Then-Hieromonk Jonah worked to found this monastic community in the 1990s. Today its monks are beloved for their ascetic discipline in the pursuit of hesychasm (inner silence or stillness) and their prayers, together with the prayers of all monks and nuns, in a very real way hold up the world as they intercede for their spiritual children. This monastery is also highly esteemed among Orthodox communities for its publications, beautiful choir, fine bookstore, and many products such as magnificent icons, fresh honey, and beeswax candles.

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