Dr Cavarnos explains the aims and means of monasticism on Mount Athos. He describes the monk’s daily routine of activities, including private and corporate prayer or worship, study and work. Through questions, he elicits the views of the monks on monasticism, contemporary mankind, philosophy, solitude, fasting, prayer and other topics. An authority on Byzantine art, Dr Cavarnos gives detailed observations of superb frescos and panel icons, pointing out the role they play in the life of the monks, and also deals with the architecture of the churches and the music that is sung there.
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