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- adj. of or relating to or befitting cenobites or their practices of communal living. Opposite of
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- adj. of or relating to or befitting cenobites or their practices of communal living
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This may be one reason why, even among the ruling monasteries of Mount Athos, the idiorrhythmic (individualized) rule has been set aside in favor of the more deeply traditional coenobitic (community) rule -- the fathers 'lives in Christ are necessarily lives together.
For a long time there was no distinction between monastic and secular life: it was only gradually that an organised monasticism grew up out of the coenobitic life for men and for women.
But on the top of the mountain was another retreat, known as Castellense, for those monks who -- _divina gratia suffragante_ -- desired a severer discipline, and left the coenobitic house to become anchorites.
The chapels served till the Revolution as seven stations which were visited by the pilgrims to the island, but we can hardly doubt that in these, as in the Seven Chapels at Glendalough, we see relics of the earlier coenobitic establishment.
By a curious concurrence of events the coenobitic life of Lerins, so utterly unlike the later monasticism of the Benedictines, was long preserved in a remote corner of Christendom.
The old coenobitic establishments of England were converted -- perverted, rather -- into monasteries and other monking receptacles.
By monastic, I mean the coenobitic type, not the hermit type.
As a matter of fact, Basil's coenobitic monasticism, in comparison with the "wilder and more dreamy asceticism which prevailed in Egypt and Syria" (Milman, Hist.