A priest-monk reads the prayers of the Office of Holy Unction several days before the departure of Elder Ermolaos. Along with all the brotherhood, he’s preparing for the closing of this life and the journey into the next.
On the Holy Mountain, death is the celebration of the separation of soul and body. Whilst the body decays into its physical organic corruption, the soul continues its existence, aware of itself and remembering the life it lived: its joys, sorrows and all the other events of its life.
For this reason we strive not to act in a way that will leave us humiliated and ashamed for all eternity.