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[[Image:Covered Vessels 2.jpg|left|150px]]'''''[[Eucharist]]''''' comes from the Greek meaning ''giving thanks''Other names for the Eucharist include: the ''Holy Gifts'', ''Communion'', and the ''Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ''[[Orthodox Church|Orthodox Christians]] believe that the Real Presence of God (not merely a sign) is present after the [[consecration]] of the Gifts.
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[[Image:Elderjosephhesychast.jpg|left|100px]]Elder '''''[[Joseph the Hesychast]]''''' was a [[monk]] and [[elder]] on Mount Athos.  Born in Paros to George and Maria in 1898, the future elder went to work in Pireaus in his teensAt twenty-three he began to read the lives of the Fathers, which gave him the desire to enter into monasticismHe responded to this desire by fasting and praying in the nearby countryside, which was uninhabited, and then go to Mount Athos.
  
The Eucharist is the center of life in the Orthodox Church because the Church is primarily a eucharistic community. The Eucharist is the completion of all of the Church's other sacraments and the source and the goal of all of the Church's doctrines and institutions.
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The future Elder yearned to pray unceasingly, but had great troubles - he could not find a spiritual father, and the indifference of many monks towards unceasing prayer. In the midst of this experience, however, he was granted a vision of the [[uncreated light]], and the gift of ceaseless prayer was given to him.
  
The faithful receive Holy Communion on a spoon. They are given both the consecrated bread (NIKA) and the sanctified wine. The communion of the faithful is always from the gifts offered and sanctified at the given Divine Liturgy. All who are [[Preparation for Holy Communion|prepared]] members of the Orthodox Church through the [[sacrament]]s of [[baptism]] and [[chrismation]], including small children and infants, may partake of Holy Communion.
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He reposed in 1959, and he has wide acclaim for being the spiritual father or grandfather of Elders [[Ephrem of Philotheou]] , Joseph of Vatopedi, Haralambos of Dionysiou and others, who are directly credited for revitalising six of the twenty monasteries on [[Mount Athos]].
  
  
'''''Recently featured:''''' [[Alexander (Nemolovsky) of Brussels]], [[John the Merciful]], [[John (Shahovskoy) of San Francisco]], [[Gabrielia (Papayannis)]], [[Fall of Constantinople]], [[Seraphim of Sarov]], [[The Ladder of Divine Ascent]], [[John of Damascus]].  ''Newly [[:Category:Featured Articles|featured articles]] are presented on '''Saturday'''.''
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'''''Recently featured:''''' [[Eucharist]], [[Alexander (Nemolovsky) of Brussels]], [[John the Merciful]], [[John (Shahovskoy) of San Francisco]], [[Gabrielia (Papayannis)]], [[Fall of Constantinople]], [[Seraphim of Sarov]], [[The Ladder of Divine Ascent]], [[John of Damascus]].  ''Newly [[:Category:Featured Articles|featured articles]] are presented on '''Saturdays'''.''

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Elder Joseph the Hesychast was a monk and elder on Mount Athos. Born in Paros to George and Maria in 1898, the future elder went to work in Pireaus in his teens. At twenty-three he began to read the lives of the Fathers, which gave him the desire to enter into monasticism. He responded to this desire by fasting and praying in the nearby countryside, which was uninhabited, and then go to Mount Athos.

The future Elder yearned to pray unceasingly, but had great troubles - he could not find a spiritual father, and the indifference of many monks towards unceasing prayer. In the midst of this experience, however, he was granted a vision of the uncreated light, and the gift of ceaseless prayer was given to him.

He reposed in 1959, and he has wide acclaim for being the spiritual father or grandfather of Elders Ephrem of Philotheou , Joseph of Vatopedi, Haralambos of Dionysiou and others, who are directly credited for revitalising six of the twenty monasteries on Mount Athos.


Recently featured: Eucharist, Alexander (Nemolovsky) of Brussels, John the Merciful, John (Shahovskoy) of San Francisco, Gabrielia (Papayannis), Fall of Constantinople, Seraphim of Sarov, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, John of Damascus. Newly featured articles are presented on Saturdays.

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