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Basilian Monks
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The rules of Basil the Great (ca. 330–79; Cappadocian Fathers) were meant as spiritual reading for individual monks, not as the rule of an order. Eastern monks live according to this tradition, but they properly should not be called Basilians, as is commonly done. Basilian monasteries and congregations arose only under Western influence in the Eastern churches in union with Rome. In Italy (even today in the abbey Grottaferrata) and Spain, Greek monks have been called Basilians from the 12th century. In Poland and Lithuania various Basilian congregations…

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Albrecht, Ruth, “Basilian Monks”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 06 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_B123>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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