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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 monasticism.  He responded to this desire by fasting and praying in the nearby countryside, which was uninhabited, and then go to Mount Athos.
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[[Image:Aftimios Ofiesh.gif|left|100px]]'''''Episcopi vagantes''''' (Latin for "wandering bishops") are persons who have been [[ordination|ordained]] as [[bishop]]s in some irregular fashion, especially those claiming to have valid [[Roman Catholic Church|Roman Catholic]] orders although their ordinations were not authorized by the Roman Catholic Church(The singular form of the phrase is ''episcopus vagans''.)
  
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 prayerIn 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.
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Many of these claim succession from the see of Utrecht, or from Orthodox or [[Eastern Rite Catholic]] churches; others from Roman Catholic bishops that have ordained their own bishops after disputes with the Vatican.  Such lines continue to persist because of the more mechanistic understanding of [[apostolic succession]] which the Roman Catholic Church has&mdash;that is, if a "valid" bishop ordains a man using the proper rituals, then he is "valid" as well, even if neither has any living connection to the ChurchThe Orthodox understanding, however, necessarily presupposes the impossibility of ''episcopi'' that are ''vagantes'', for the ministry of the episcopacy resides only ''within'' the Church.
  
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]].
 
  
 
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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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Episcopi vagantes (Latin for "wandering bishops") are persons who have been ordained as bishops in some irregular fashion, especially those claiming to have valid Roman Catholic orders although their ordinations were not authorized by the Roman Catholic Church. (The singular form of the phrase is episcopus vagans.)

Many of these claim succession from the see of Utrecht, or from Orthodox or Eastern Rite Catholic churches; others from Roman Catholic bishops that have ordained their own bishops after disputes with the Vatican. Such lines continue to persist because of the more mechanistic understanding of apostolic succession which the Roman Catholic Church has—that is, if a "valid" bishop ordains a man using the proper rituals, then he is "valid" as well, even if neither has any living connection to the Church. The Orthodox understanding, however, necessarily presupposes the impossibility of episcopi that are vagantes, for the ministry of the episcopacy resides only within the Church.


Recently featured: Joseph the Hesychast, 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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