This is the Handbook of the British Orthodox Fellowship. It has been published to help you experience something of the Orthodox faith
and life of the British Orthodox Church whether you are a member... More > of the British Orthodox Church, or of some other Christian community.
Fundamentally, it is only by experiencing Orthodox faith and life for yourself that you will gain a personal appreciation of its power to transform the lives of British people.
The British Orthodox Fellowship exists to support individuals as well as small groups. You may pray the prayers in this volume on your own, or you may be part of a small community of other enquirers who pray them together. Some of these praying communities may eventually become the
nucleus of future British Orthodox churches, whilst others will remain as British Orthodox Fellowship groups, allowing members to pray
Orthodox prayers, and experience something of the transforming power of Orthodox Christianity and Spirituality.< Less
Palladius was a monk from Galatia, who spent many years in the Egyptian deserts compiling the history of Christian monasticism. He went to Egypt in A.D. 388, spending three years around Alexandria... More > visiting the countless hermitages. He went inland to the Nitrian Desert where he stayed for another three years. As the settlement at Nitria continued to grow, some of the more serious ascetics found they needed more solitude and moved nine miles away into a desolate area of the desert later called Cellia. Palladius spent nine years with the Orthodox hermits there and recorded many stories about them. This volume is of inestimable value since it is an eye-witness account of the desert monastic life and spirituality of the 4th century.< Less