Stunning and Whirling Prayer

  I recently finished Kyriacos Markides’ enchanting memoir, The Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality. It recounts his experiences visiting Mount Athos, that heavenly vestibule in Greece, home to twenty Eastern Orthodox monasteries. Mount Athos is famous for its otherworldly sanctity and has become a popular pilgrimage site. Markides’ book is mysterious, full …

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