name=Patriarchal Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist|
jurisdiction=[[Church of Constantinople|Constantinople]]|
Male Stavropegic Monastery|
Elder Kyrillos|size= 25 monastics (at 1993)|hq=Tolleshunt Knights, Essex, England|language= Many|
calendar=[[Revised Julian Calendar|Revised Julian]]|
feasts=[[January 7|St John the Baptist]]|
}}The '''Patriarchal Stavropegic Monastery of St John the Baptist''' is a [[monastic]] community for both men and women, directly under the [[Church of Constantinople|Ecumenical Patriarchate]]. It is located in Tolleshunt Knights, Maldon, Essex, England.
The community was founded in 1959 by Elder [[Sophrony (Sakharov)]], under the jurisdiction of His Eminence Metropolitan [[Anthony (Bloom) of Sourozh|Anthony]], Metropolitan of Sourozh and ruling Russian bishop in England, with six monastics from a number of nations; soon after, in 1965, the Monastery moved under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The community consists of men and women living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered prayer life for the monastic members. There are two aspects to this monastery which make it unique: firstly, the focus on the communal repetition of the [[Jesus Prayer]], which can be as much as four hours a day. This accomodates the wide variety of nationalities and languages in the Monastery , some of whom would necessarily be excluded by services in any one language. The second aspect is that it is a monastery of both monks and nuns, something rare ( but not unheard of) in Orthodox monasticism.
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<!--==Daily Life== 5am - Matins and First Hour. :Breakfast, chores, quiet time. 9am - Third Hour. :House meeting, work time. Noon - Sixth Hour. :Lunch, work, personal time. 3pm - Ninth Hour. :Work time. 5pm - Vespers. :Supper. 7pm - Compline. :Quiet time. --> ==Timeline== *1958 : Elder Sophrony had many people living near him and seeking the monastic life. A property at Tolleshunt Knights, Maldon, Essex, England was inspected. *1959 : Community of St John the Baptist formed at Tolleshunt Knights under Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) of Sourozh. Monastery has both monks and nuns, and numbers six. * 1965: Monastery of St John the Baptist moved under the Ecumenical Patriarchate' s omophorion. Later, the Ecumenical Patriarchate would upgrade the Monastery to Stavropegic . * 1973 : Publication of a more complete translation of ''Monk of Mt Athos'' (the life of St Silouan ).* 1975: Publication of ''Wisdom of Mt Athos'' ( the writings of St Silouan).* 1977: ''His Life is Mine'' published.* 1985: ''We Shall See Him As He Is'' published.* 1987 : Ecumenical Patriarchate glorifies St Silouan the Athonite.* 1993 Jul 11: At Elder Sophrony ' s repose, there were 25 other monastics at his monastery.
See also==*[[ Sophrony ( Sakharov)| Elder Sophrony]], the first Abbot.