FATHER SIMEON DE LA JARA FROM PERU: ON A RIGHTEOUS PATH FROM PERU TO MOUNT ATHOS, GREECE

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Father Simeon de la Jara from Peru:

On a righteous path from Peru to Mount Athos, Greece

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When Miguel Angel de la Jara Higgingson was seven, his mother had a vision. She sensed that her son would some day leave her for a “far away place, like an island, there where people of solitude lived who pray all the time and rarely step out into the world”. Even she, however, could probably not have imagined just how far from his native Peru, both physically and spiritually, his life’s search would take him.

Now he is Father Simeon the hermit, an Orthodox Christian monk of Eastern Orthodox Church who lives on Mount Athos, a self-administrating, all-male monastic community on the Athos peninsula – the eastern most of three jutting peninsulas in the northern Greek prefecture of Halkidiki in Greece.

However, it’s not just his Peruvian origins that make Father Simeon such a well-known figure among visitors to Mount Athos; it’s also his radiant presence as an artist, poet and painter that makes him so sought after, especially by the young.

His journey began in 1968, when at the age of 18 he left Peru to discover the world. After travelling through Europe and Asia for over two years – during which time he was exposed to eastern philosophies and religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and yoga – he finally settled in Paris, where he lived for the next three years.

It was in Paris that he first met a GreekOrthodox monk and learned about Orthodoxy, a meeting that was to have a profound effect on him. For the next two and a half years he studied hagiography (icon painting) with Leonide Ouspensky, while his interest in Orthodoxy deepened.

He first visited Greece in 1972, where he accepted the Orthodox faith, before returning to stay in 1973, originally joining the monastery of Agios Georgios (St George) on the large Greek island of Evia. When, in 1974, the entire monastery relocated to Agios Grigorios (St Gregory) on Mount Athos, Simeon followed, living at the Agios Grigorios Monastery until 1987. He subsequently became a hermit, moving to the old hermit’s cell of Timios Stavros near the Stavronikita monastery, where he built a new dependency and formed a complex.

On first meeting Father Simeon, one is struck by his youthful passion and joy – qualities which, as he says, “one cannot hide”. A compassionate listener and gentle speaker, he responds to questions with spontaneity and rigour, without ever becoming dogmatic or distant. Behind his piercing eyes is an inquisitive mind, forever seeking ways to express the love and joy he wants to share with others.

After 24 years in Greece, Father Simeon declares a profound love and admiration for Greek culture and language, saying he prefers writing in Greek to even his native Spanish. To his extensive travels he owes a rich and varied experience, as well as a love of French Surrealism, tatami mats, Japanese food and Chinese art. And to his Peruvian family he owes his love of art.

According to Simeon, it is the need to tap into the inner joy in all things which has led him to art and prayer; that has been the predominant force in his life. Through poetry, paintings, photographs, prayers and lectures he has reached out and tried to touch people’s hearts beyond the borders of the Holy Mount.

He has several published works, including his 1985 lecture “Nifalios Methi” (Sober Drunkenness), the 1983 publication”The Holy Mountain Today” brought out by Alexandria Press in London andthe poetry collection “Simeon Mnema”, published in 1994. A new book of poetry, entitled “Me Imation Melan” (In Black Cloth), is due to be broughtout shortly by Agra Editions in Athens.

An artist in solitude as much as a solitary, a monk, in the midst of art, his poems and his paintings have both the freshness of the “here and now” and the depth of eternity, and are of a striking immediacy and poise. They make one wonder what the difference between the artist and the hermit is – or even if there is one at all.

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视频: 3分鐘,學心禱 (台灣東正教會) PRAYER – Chinese video

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TAIWAN & HONG KONG OF MY HEART

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3分鐘,學心禱 (台灣東正教會)

心禱 簡介

如何才能實現我主的教導:「你要盡心、盡性、盡意愛主─你的神」(太22:37)
如何才能實踐使徒的囑咐:「不住的禱告」(帖前5:17)
如何才能親身見證:「神的國就在你們心裡」(路17:21)

心禱 (the prayer of the heart),又名耶穌禱文 (Jesus Prayer)
就是靈魂時刻燃燒的愛意,
就是分分秒秒不止息的祈禱,
就是開啟神國的鑰匙。

載於聖經,始於初代教會,在曠野和修道生活中達到頂峰。

最簡單的禱詞 : 主耶穌,憐憫我…
卻蘊含著最深刻的神學,凝鍊了整部聖經的精要。

最樸實的實踐 : 一次又一次地默誦…
卻能領人至心靈最深之處,與摯愛相遇,與至愛結合為一。

至今希臘阿陀斯聖山(Mt. Athos)上,仍有長老們透過心禱,親身體驗了那連死亡也無法隔絕的愛和光芒。

李亮神父:
來自東正教會希臘阿陀斯聖山Gregoriou Monastery修院,
身為修士的屬靈父親(spiritual father)
並於修院中實踐心禱十多年。
來臺後,於各神學院教導東正教神學,靈修,希臘原文解經等課程。
其屬靈父親為已故希臘知名靈修導師 St. Porphyrios。

透過影集,我們將一步步引領各位,認識心禱,實踐心禱;
願您親自體會「神要擦去他們一切的眼淚;不再有死亡,也不再有悲哀、哭號、疼痛,因為­以前的事都過去了。」(啟21:4)

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THE SOUNT OF DIVINE STEPS IN GHANA & IVORY COAST, AFRICA

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AFRICA OF MY HEART

Africa… «Faith possible, many wonders . ” We arrived ,” recounts Bishop Panteleimon of Ghana , “after 18 hours journey in the Ivory Coast and said : Now what? … And, when disappointed and we decided to return to Ghana , the phone rings . It was a group of people who for six years was looking the roots of Christianity upon research discoveries to Orthodoxy … their intentions are pure … I decided to baptize them… We went to see the lagoon , where the next day would be a baptism. Full trash (up to 2,5 m from the coast). That will take the oil ? Where are It will be the mystery ? Would like months to clean it up … In the evening windstorm broke… the next morning there was not a debris… after… Blessed with captured heartbreaking pain. I had to go to hospital… I kept… were the first Orthodox Christians”».

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Fr. John Costoff

The Sound of Divine Steps

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Athens 2011

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THE NEW FACE OF MAYAN CHRISTIANITY – ORTHODOX HOLY WEEK & EASTER OF MAYANS IN GUATEMALA

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The new face of Mayan Christianity

Orthodox Holy Week & Easter of Mayans in Guatemala

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LATIN AMERICA OF MY HEART

Christianity among the Mayan Native Americans is undergoing a dramatic change in places like Guatemala and Southern Mexico. This shifting of religious identity is part of a larger trend that is enveloping much of Latin America.

According to the Pew Research Center report, published in November of 2014, “historical data suggests that for most of the 20th Century, from 1900 through the 1960′s, at least 90% of Latin America’s population was Roman Catholic.” Remarkably, however, in just one lifetime, the Pewsurvey indicates that only “69% of adults across the region identify as Roman Catholic.”

Up until recently, Orthodox Christianity did not play much of a role in this changing landscape. Most of our parishes consisted of immigrant colonies, established mainly to perpetuate the customs, languages  and traditions of their respective ethnic cultures  and mother churches in Europe.

The title of a recent article in the Huffington Post by Carol Kuruvilla, however, announces a major shift in this approach to the church’s mission: “The Greek Orthodox Church In Latin America Is Not Very Greek.” Embracing this change and adapting to this new reality, Archbishop Athenagoras, since his 1996 appointment by Patriarch Bartholomew to shepherd the Central American Church, has reached out to the indigenous people of this vast region, encompassing Mexico, Central America, Columbia, Venezuela, and the Caribbean Islands. Of his 52 active clergy, only 3 are of Greek descent. The enthusiastic reception by His Eminence Athenagoras of many thousands of Mayan Christians into the Orthodox fold has transformed his church into a unity of diverse people, sharing one faith, but speaking many native dialects, as on the day of Pentecost. On a recent visit to the village of Aguacate, he was able to begin Holy Week with the Mayan faithful, who now comprise the  vast majority of his growing flock in Central America.

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Easter 2015

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Archbishop Athenagoras begins Holy Week with his Mayan flock

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The Mayan faithful celebrate Palm Sunday with Palm Crosses in hand

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Archbishop Athenagoras greets his Mayan flock in Aguacate

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THE WORD FROM GUATEMALA

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MAYAN ORTHODOXY

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JESSE BRANDOW: MISSIONARY TO GUATELAMA & MEXIKO

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