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Administration 


Administration

The Saint Mountain is governed, according to the old Formality and the special Constitutive Chart, as an autonomous region of the Greek State (Pneumatically it belongs to the Ecumenical Patriarchate). The executive power is operated by a four-member Holy Supervision, where all the abbeys are represented. Chairman of the Holy Supervision is the representative of the first in order abbey, and is named First or First Supervisor. Everybody is elected according to faultless democratic processes from the monks. The political governor of the Saint Mountain is assigned by the Greek State and belongs to the Ministry of Abroads. The administrative capital of the Mountain is Karyes. The seaport of Karyes is Dafni.
In the Saint Mountain the visiting of women is prohibited.
All the monasteries are communes. The life of the monks is strict, ascetic, with continuous prayers, holy services, sleeplessnesses, fasts, intellectual and manual work. The prayer beads is their inseparable companion, means for the concentration of their thought in the "continual praying" and their uplifting in the skies. Each knot is shaped with nine crosses, symbols of the nine battalions of the Angels.

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