The Athos Memory / Awareness Program of Simonopetra
An iconic contribution of Simonopetra to grassroots Greek Orthodoxy is its Athos Memory / Awareness Program. The Program – addressed to all and instrumental to noble searches – aims at dynamically archiving and preserving significant elements of Simonopetite – and, more generally, Athonite – toils and achievements pertaining to the nature of Hagion Oros [Greek for “Holy Mountain”], per se, and the spiritual and art-oriented pursuits of the monastic peninsula.
Most of these elements have been digitized and suitably guarded, against all foreseeable dangers, comprising a forever true treasure of Greek Orthodoxy, in its very cradle.
Much of the digitized material is available to interested parties at http://athosmemory.blogspot.com
More specifically, this unique and treasured program comprises of the following:
Established in the early 1990’s this program aims at preserving and showcasing the Athonite Photographic Tradition by laboriously tracing and collecting pertinent material from Greek and foreign sources who, over the centuries, diligently dealt with such. It includes rich samples of old photographic techniques, a large number of (albumen etc) glass plates, negative films, printed photographs, in general, items that pertain to hagiorite photography from 1853 to date.
Included in the Art Gallery is a collection of Etching Art items of archetypal significance, labored on over the 18 th and 19 th centuries, a period during which the Holy Mountain was a prime center of copperplating, as well as Greek landscape and Christian arts.
It presents the hagiorite melodists and their work. In collaboration with Masters of the Chanting Art (G. Th. Stathis) it pioneered the direct digitization of ecclesiastical music, per Athonite Melodists.