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« on: January 26, 2014, 02:09:40 AM »

I've heard repeatedly that there was a Western monastery on Mt. Athos for much longer than any other Orthodox land. I was curious - do we not have the texts from the monastery describing the liturgy and other mysteries? If so, did these in any way influence the current Western Rite practices?
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2014, 08:05:12 AM »

Are you referring to Morphonou Monastery?  I saw it listed as a "western monastery" on a map but don't know anything about it.  Good question.
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2014, 08:13:52 AM »

So I did a google books search and found references to this monastery in Mount Athos: Renewal in Paradise by Graham Speake on page 58.

It was established by Benedictine monks from Amalfi in 985 and endured into 1287.  It even survived the Great Schism.  

My assumption is that because the monastery was founded by Benedictines from Italy that it followed rites and rules of that house.  Of course, I'm no expert.
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2014, 08:24:38 AM »

Fr. Aidan has wrote sort of history of that monastery. I haven't read it myself though but anyway, here you are:

http://www.allmercifulsavior.com/Liturgy/Amalfion%20Oct%202002.pdf
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2014, 02:58:20 PM »

Thank you both! I hadn't considered it being Benedictine and so probably following the Benedictine use, and the history was very interesting.
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