Saint Joseph the Hesychast and Cave-Dweller

Feast Day: August 16th

The Life of Saint Joseph: “At once I was completely changed and forgot myself. I was filled with light in my heart and outside and everywhere, not being aware that I even had a body. The Prayer began to say itself within me.” …



Apolytikion: The offspring of Athos and the great adornment of Monks, defender of Ascesis, haven of silence and Prayer, our Father you were revealed. Through your life you showed us, Grace’s ways of Salvation, saving through your entreaties those who faithfully Pray to you. And therefore intercede with the Lord, O Righteous Father Joseph.

Kontakion: By the streams of thy tears, O Father, thou didst wash clean, and by thy sleepless Prayers thou didst make gleam, the garment of thy Soul, O Joseph; and within the incorrupt Bridechamber thou dost now exult with the Saints whose way of life thou didst follow. With them, do thou Pray that those who honour thee be saved.

A few months before his Blessed Repose, Saint Joseph was visited by our Most Holy Mother of God and she promised she would take him on her Feast Day. Saint Joseph then reposed in peace on the day of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God in 1959.




Below are some photos of Saint Joseph with his brotherhood of Monks. Two of these Monks, Elder Arsenios the Cave-Dweller and Elder Haralambos Dionysiatis, had been with him since his early years. Included in the photos are also Elder Ephraim of Arizona.

Elder Ephraim of Arizona greatly loved his Elder Joseph, and they are seen together in some photos and an Icon below.



Below is an Icon of Saint Joseph the Hesychast together with Saint Iakovos of Evia, Saint Paisios the Athonite and Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia.

A Movie about The Life of Saint Joseph the Hesychast