Nicodemus The Hagiorite, Saint

Nicodemus The Hagiorite, Saint

▪ Greek monk
also called  Saint Nicodemus Of The Holy Mountain  
born 1748, Naxos Island, Ottoman Empire [now in Greece]
died July 14, 1809, Mount Athos; canonized May 31, 1955

      Greek Orthodox monk and author of ascetic prayer literature. He was influential in reviving the practice of Hesychasm, a Byzantine method of contemplative prayer.

      Forced to flee Turkish persecution in the midst of his studies at Smyrna (now İzmir, Turkey), Nicodemus entered a monastery on Mount Athos. He was inspired to theological scholarship by a contemporary, Macarius of Corinth, whose collection of old Eastern prayer texts Nicodemus edited and published as Philokalia in 1782. After this book had occasioned a renewed interest in Hesychasm throughout the Orthodox churches, Nicodemus edited Macarius' essays on liturgical prayer, emphasizing the Eucharist, or the Lord's Supper. This work was at first criticized for erroneous doctrine, but its orthodoxy was vindicated by the Synod of Constantinople in 1819.

      Nicodemus' outstanding work, the Pedalion, or Rudder of the Ship of Knowledge, is a commentary on Greek church law. Its bias against the Latin church, although partly attributable to interpolations by another editor, reflects the author's negative feelings toward the institutions of Western Christianity. Nicodemus did not hesitate, however, to use the treatises of Latin theologians on asceticism and contemplative prayer. His Enchiridion of Counsels (1801), a handbook on the religious life, continues to guide modern Greek spirituality. He was proclaimed a saint by the Greek Orthodox church in 1955.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем решить контрольную работу

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Nicodemus the Hagiorite — Part of a series on Eastern Christianity …   Wikipedia

  • Nicodemus (disambiguation) — Nicodemus was a Pharisee who showed favor to Jesus. The name derives from Greek (Greek: Νικόδημος) and it means victory of the people. Nicodemus may refer to one of the following: People Nicodemus (musician) (1957–1996), Jamiacan danchall deejay… …   Wikipedia

  • Saint Andrew — For other uses, see Saint Andrew (disambiguation). Saint Andrew the Apostle Saint Andrew, by José de Ribera Apostle, First called Born early 1st cent …   Wikipedia

  • Doctor of the Church — St. Isidore of Seville, a 7th century Doctor of the Church, depicted by Murillo (c. 1628) with a book, common iconographical object for a doctor. Doctor of the Church (Latin doctor, teacher, from Latin docere, to teach) is a title given by a… …   Wikipedia

  • Eastern Orthodoxy — the faith, practice, membership, and government of the Eastern Orthodox Church. * * * officially Orthodox Catholic Church One of the three major branches of Christianity. Its adherents live mostly in Greece, Russia, the Balkans, Ukraine, and the… …   Universalium

  • July 14 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) — July 13 Eastern Orthodox Church calendar July 15 2005*4th Thursday after Pentecost *Romans 11:13 24 *Matthew 11:27 30Fixed commemorationsAll fixed commemorations below are celebrated on July 27 by Old Calendaristsaints*Aquila of the Seventy… …   Wikipedia

  • Mortal sin — For the band, see Mortal Sin. Mortal sins ((Latin) peccata mortalia) are in the theology of some, but not all Christian denominations wrongful acts that condemn a person to Hell after death. These sins are considered mortal because they… …   Wikipedia

  • Naxos — For other uses, see Naxos (disambiguation). Naxos Νάξος The city of Naxos Geography …   Wikipedia

  • Baptism — This article is about the Christian religious ceremony. For other uses, see Baptism (disambiguation). Baptism of Neophytes by Masaccio, 15th century, Brancacci Chapel, Florence.[ …   Wikipedia

  • Gregory Palamas — Infobox Saint name=Saint Gregory Palamas birth date=1296 death date=November 14, 1359 feast day=Second Sunday of Great Lent November 14 venerated in=Eastern Orthodoxy Eastern Catholicism imagesize=200px caption=Byzantine icon of St. Gregory… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”