A Beginner's Introduction to the Philokalia by Anthony M. Coniaris SP4 One of the many great treasures bequeathed to us by sacred tradition is the Philokalia- an anthology of spiritual writings by some thirty Church Fathers from the fourth to the fifteenth century. It was compiled by Sts. Macarios and Nicodemos on Mt. Athos in 1777 and printed in five volumes. St. Nicodemos, one of its compilers, describes the Philokalia as "a mystical school of inward prayer".