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Pilgrimage to Mount Athos

Graham Speake ed. Proceedings of the Tenth Madingley Hall Conference, 2022. This book delves into the nature of pilgrimage, for both Western and Eastern Christians. It describes the pilgrim experience both from the standpoint of the visiting pilgrim (be it men to the Athonite monasteries or women to their daughter houses elsewhere) and from that of the receiving monk. What is it like to live the life of a monk or nun for a few precious days? And what is it like for the monks (and nuns) to receive thousands of pilgrims every year? And are they true pilgrims or are they really tourists? What is so special about Athos? “Fascinating collection of essays,” (Fr Andrew Louth). Peter Lang 2023, paperback 164pp.

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