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one retired from society for religious reasons


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This would be a circumstance, doubtless, totally unworthy to dwell in the memory of so rigid an anchorite; yet, I think, were you to search yonder crypt once more, you would find that I am right in my conjecture.''
"And you who have in the heavenly Jerusalem speedy prayer hearers, Those who deny themselves And thus become your ardent sons, All those who are monks or hermits, or anchorites, all your spiritual advisors who keep with great care their precious blessings, all the good advice that cleanses sins and directs man on the straight path of your all-purity and benevolence all those who are called The Good Pure Gnosis or the Inheritance of the Saints that you lay within our reach through the writings, psalms and the sermons of the Fathers and we will forever praise, honour and laud you: Rejoice, Defending Sword of the hesychast Tradition." (Tudor 1999: 58 sq) The Mother of God--A source of perpetual prayer
Anchorites, monastic women who lived hermetic lives in tiny cells attached to churches, routinely kept cats.
(53) The notion that a lost street or a silent, black-and-white puddle might suddenly open up a gate between the material and the spiritual takes us back to ancient icon-makers and to anchorites' visions, a contingent world of physical bodies rooted in the darkness, yet staring up at the immaterial light--which is to say, the world of cinema itself.
Hermits and anchorites were familiar figures in the landscape of medieval Europe.
Some are based on published sources (Appulby's will of 6 June 1537, the letters of the nuns), but others are Erler's own work: a list of anchorites of All Hallows; a life of Elizabeth Woodford, referred to only briefly in the text, but whom Erler rightly signals as "important but little-known" (109) and who might have deserved an article in her own right; and an excerpt from Richard Whitford's sermon "On Detraction" from his Dyvers holy instrucyons, which Erler has critiqued with skill and insight in her final chapter.
Of Grumett and Muers' (2010) examples of historical meat abstinence, perhaps the most interesting is the Anchorites, to whom "meat was viewed as the paradigmatic 'hot' food, with many puns linking the sexual pleasures of human flesh with the dietary temptations of animal flesh and the carnality of the carne" (p.
This mystic streak is further underlined when, in the succeeding stanza, the poet leaps forward to the middle ages bringing to the foreground the story of Anchorites beneath Engaddi's palms Pacing the Dead Sea beach, And singing slow their old Armenian psalms In half-articulate speech.
One of the paradoxes of eremitism as a phenomenon is that, whether one is thinking of recluses shut into cells abutting parish churches of anchorites in remote wildernesses, hermits needed the world.
Gregory's Church was open to anchorites, lay women, wives and nuns.
and anchorites grown old in service to their Lord, will enter heaven-- a
To those unable to sustain the very rigid dietary regimen of the anchorites he intimated: "reduce bread and even water" (trans.
Before La Barbera's canvas, Rosalie had been represented only sporadically and in groups, including a stiff 13th-century Italo-Byzantine icon in which she and fellow patron saints Elias and Venera are outranked (and outsized) by the then favourite Saint Olivia; a handful of mostly quattrocento Pisan sacre conversazioni in which she usually appears in fashionable pink gowns (Pisa enjoyed trade with Palermo); and some cinquecento Sicilian panels that sometimes dressed her as a Franciscan in deference to a group of Franciscan anchorites called the Romiti di Montepellegrino, who began living in huts around her cave.
Saroyan, Jeffers, Hurston: that crazy old America of dreamy Armenians and anarchist anchorites and black farmers--that's my country.
Heijkant notes that herbs are the penitential food of Adam and Eve, Nebuchadnezzar and various anchorites of the hagiographical tradition, such as John Chrysostom who, like Partonopeu, imposes upon himself the penance of going on all fours and eating grass.