Church History Saints Spirituality

St. Paisios of Mount Athos

“A good spiritual state lies hidden within the humble condition of self-disappointment…”

– St. Paisios of Mt. Athos

“Everything starts from good thoughts. This is what elevates a person and changes him for the better. One must reach a point of being able to see all things in purity. It is as Christ said: ‘Judge not according to appearance, but judge [with] righteous judgment (John 7:4)’. And having acquired this, man can reach the point of seeing everything with spiritual eyes, not physical eyes. All things can be justified, in the good sense of the term.”

– Elder Paisios of Mount Athos Spiritual Counsels III: Spiritual Struggle (p 21)





Troparion – Tone 1

The offspring of Farasa, and the adornment of Athos,
and the imitator of the former righteous, equal in honor,
O Paisios let us honor O faithful, the vessel full of graces,
who hastens speedily to those who cry out:
glory to Him Who gave you strength,
glory to Him Who crowned you,
glory to Him Who grants through you healings for all.

Troparion – Tone 4

The most-famed ascetic of the Holy Mountain,
and the newly-enlightened light of the Church,
let us praise him with hymns with all our heart,
for he leads the faithful towards a perfect life,
filling them with rivers of gifts,
therefore we cry out:
Hail, O Father Paisios.

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July 12

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