Martyrdom: from the kingdom of basileus to the kingdom of monks
Based on the spiritual significance of the political leadership and martyrdom of Saint Prince Constantine Brancovan, this article discusses the theological significance of the idea of martyrdom in monastic life. After the end of anti-Christian persecution, the role of former martyrs, persecuted by secular power, is taken by monks, "new martyrs", "martyrs of conscience" persecuted by the armies of demons. For a monk, the whole life is a martyrdom. "Thorns and thistles" (Fc. 3, 18), that the earth of each brings forth as fruits, the monks will turn into thorns of the martyrdom`s rose. If martyrdom of blood, is most of the times, unwanted, the monastic one, of the consciousness, is assumed voluntarily. Because of the three votes they observe, monks can be called "the martyrs of desire" martyrdom of obeying being the most painful, but the most healing. From another perspective, for the monks there is also a martyrdom of the body (through fasting, labors, vigils, various other forms of physical asceticism) martyrdom of the mind (through unceasing prayer which does not allow it to think about anything else) a martyrdom of the heart (not allowing themselves to express natural sentimentality), a martyrdom of the spirit (through considering himself as nobody). Whether you live in the kingdom of the basileus either in that of the monks, martyrdom remains an invitation, a calling for every child of Adam to restore both the inward and the outward kingdom.
Keywords: martyrdom, St. Constantin Brancovan, monasticism, "martyrdom of the consciousness" asceticism