Saint Païsios Gave him a Knife to Take Revenge With!

Saint Païsios Gave him a Knife to Take Revenge With!

There was a man from Halkidiki whose son was killed on an air training mission. The co-pilot survived. The father was inconsolable and, in his pain, decided that the co-pilot was responsible. He planned revenge. He learned the man’s address, his movements and made plans to kill him. Some acquaintances...

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Repentance and Prayer according to Saint Païsios

Repentance and Prayer according to Saint Païsios

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   In general terms, Saint Païsios set the greatest store in the spiritual struggle on repentance and unceasing prayer. It was through repentance that he received revelations from heaven. He used to say that the life of a monk was one of repentance and prayer. The monks...

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A Departed Monk Appeared at a Monastery Feast and Discussed Church Singing

A Departed Monk Appeared at a Monastery Feast and Discussed Church Singing

Saint Païsios writes that the famous psaltis Diako-Yannis once went to the feast as the Holy Monastery of Grigoriou in order to sing. He sang at Great Vespers and, when that had finished and the Lity was about to start, he felt the need to go to...

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A brief life of Saint Paisios

A brief life of Saint Paisios

George Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus, Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   On July 25, 1924, the future Elder Paisios (Eznepidis) was born to pious parents in the town of Farasa, Cappadocia of Asia Minor. The family’s spiritual father, the priest-monk Arsenios (the now canonized St. Arsenios of Cappadocia), baptized the...

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‘Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt’

‘Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt’

Metropolitan Nikolaos (Hatzinikolaou) of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki   It was February, 1988. Quite cold in Karyes . It’s at quite a high elevation and it’s damp which makes things more difficult. But the weather was dry that day. There was a bit of a breeze...

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The globalized and the universal person: on the sacred memory of Saint Païsios

The globalized and the universal person: on the sacred memory of Saint Païsios

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   July 12, the Feast of Saint Païsios People weren’t made to stay where they are. They were made to become what they aren’t. Our majesty isn’t to be found in the present or the past,...

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The possessed and the mentally ill

The possessed and the mentally ill

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   There are times, in religious circles, when confusion arises over which people have mental health issues and which are possessed by demonic energy. When Saint Païsios the Athonite was asked how the people that have mental health issues can be distinguished from the possessed,...

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Saint Paisios the Athonite, Patron Saint of Signalmen

Saint Paisios the Athonite, Patron Saint of Signalmen

Nikolaos G. Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   Following a request by the Office of Military Chaplains, part of the General Staff of the Greek Armed Forces, the Holy Permanent Synod of the Church of Greece has declared Saint Paisios the Athonite to be the Patron Saint of the Corps...

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Elder Paisios performed the operation for you this morning!

Elder Paisios performed the operation for you this morning!

Nikolaos Koulouris, Professor of the Law Department of the European University of Cyprus describes the following event. In 2012, Stelios Kreouzos, who’s a journalist with the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation and a student of mine at the Law Department of the European University of Cyprus, was diagnosed as having fluid in...

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James W. Lillie: My Personal Recollections of Saint Paisios

James W. Lillie: My Personal Recollections of Saint Paisios

As I mentioned in the recent article about the Elder, I was fortunate enough to translate his biography of Saint Arsenios. As a result of this, I met him on a number of occasions. Were I a more saintly person, I would no doubt have recognized more easily the sanctity...

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