Saint Vlasios from Sklavaina Appears to Saint Païsios

Saint Vlasios from Sklavaina Appears to Saint Païsios

(edited by Stelios Koukos) Archimandrite Avgoustinos Katsambiris had repeatedly asked the Elder (Saint Païsios the Athonite) to pray that the newly-revealed Saint Vlasios, from Sklavaina, would appear to him. The archimandrite wanted to know what Saint Vlasios looked like, so that he could paint an icon of him. It was...

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James W. Lillie: My Personal Recollections of Saint Paisios

James W. Lillie: My Personal Recollections of Saint Paisios

James W. Lillie   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...

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Saint Païsios: His Hands were Freed and his Body became Strong!

Saint Païsios: His Hands were Freed and his Body became Strong!

Saint Paisios the Athonite edited by Stelios Koukos   A young man came to see me who’d had lots of problems, bodily and spiritual, for more than four years. He led a sinful life and had shut himself up at home. He didn’t want to see anyone. Two friends of...

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Saint Païsios: The Humility of a Priest who Performed Miracles

Saint Païsios: The Humility of a Priest who Performed Miracles

In Jordan there was a very simple priest who performed miracles. He’d read prayers over people and animals that were sick in some way and they’d recover. Muslims went to him as well, if they had a health problem, and he’d cure them. Before he served the Liturgy, he’d drink...

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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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