Feast of Polycarp the Holy Martyr & Bishop of Smyrna
The Book of the Elders: Sayings of the Desert Fathers - The Systematic Collection; translated by John Wortley
IF YOU WERE a monk in the deserts of Egypt in the fifth century, your practice would begin and develop under the guidance of an elder. While you would spend most of your time in solitary prayer, the elder would provide regular insight, which might come in a short saying or apophthegm. It would be your task to meditate on this saying, learning to put it into practice, until the time came to receive the next piece of spiritual insight. It is these direct sayings, given to monks one by one, that are collected in The Book of the Elders.
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