Saint Paisios the Athonite

Feast Day: July 12th


The Life of Saint Paisios: He Prayed to God to always enlighten him, so He would guide him according to His Own Will…

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Prayers

Akathist Hymn

Paraklesis

Apolytikion: The offspring of Farasa, and the adornment of Athos, and the imitator of the former Righteous, equal in honour, O Paisios let us honour 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.

Apolytikion: You received in yourself the fire of Godly love, your whole self you then offered to God in Ascesis, and a comfort unto many people you became, offering them your words Divine, working wonders through your Prayers, Paisios, God-bearing Father, and on behalf of the whole world, you ceaselessly entreat, O Righteous One.

Kontakion: 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.

Megalynarion: Rejoice the communicant with the Venerable, the pride of Athos, the adornment of Monastics, Rejoice the new teacher of the Church, O Godly-minded Paisios, our boast.

Doxastikon: Comfort, comfort my people, said the Prophet, for our God is a God of consolation. Therefore, you became like God, O God-bearer Paisios, becoming a spring of consolation, for you fed the Souls of those hungry with the bread of your words, and you gave drink to those burning up amidst trials with the water of rest, and clothed those naked of virtues through your virtuous life, becoming a father, and brother and mother to strangers, and through your Prayers, you granted healing, and even after your Repose, you visit them, O Venerable Father, granting them rest through your Prayers. And now, as you have become an inheritor of the Kingdom of Christ, do not cease to be our benefactor, and heal the passions of our Souls and bodies.

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Saint Arsenios Baptised baby Saint Paisios, and gave him his own name Arsenios, to bestow on him a Blessing to walk in his footsteps as a Monk. Saint Paisios and Saint Arsenios always remained close.

Saint Arsenios said to the parents of Saint Paisios: “You want to leave a child at the grandfather’s foot, don’t I want to leave a Monk at my foot?”

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Below is a photo of Saint Paisios with his family. He is the young boy on the right side of the photo.

“God especially loves and provides for large families. A large family provides children with many opportunities to grow up normally, as long as the parents give them the proper nurturing. One child helps the other. The oldest girl helps the mother; the second child takes care of the younger one, and so forth. There is a sense of giving, and they live in an atmosphere of sacrifice and love. The younger ones love and respect the older ones; and this is something that comes naturally in a large family.”

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Below is a photo of Saint Paisios with his sister Christina

“Prayer has great power within the family. I know two siblings who not only kept their parents – who had a big problem between them – from separating, but even caused them to be more in love.”


When young Saint Paisios saw Christ

“After this, Christ Himself appeared to me in a Great Light. He was visible from the waist up. He looked at me with tremendous love and said, “I am the Resurrection, and the Life; he that believeth in Me, even if he dies, he shall live” (Jn. 11:25). He was holding the Gospel in His left hand, open to the page where the same words were written.”

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Saint Paisios saw Christ again

Saint Paisios asked the Nuns from the Monastery of Souroti to make an Icon of Christ like he saw Him.

“We want Christ. Let there be Martyrdom, let there be Martyrdom every day, let them beat us every day, twice and thrice a day; it doesn’t matter. The only thing that concerns us is to be with Christ.”

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“The Soul must be constantly ready and alert and always in contact with the spiritual headquarters, that is, God. Only then, it will feel secure, full of hope and joy. When I was in the army, during the war, I was a radio operator. I noticed that we felt secure only when we communicated with the Army Division on an hourly basis. When our communication was limited to every two hours, we felt a little bit insecure; sometimes, when we could only be in touch with them twice a day, we felt uncomfortable, lonely and lost. The same thing applies to our Prayer. The more we Pray, the more secure we feel, on a spiritual basis, of course.”

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“Desire and effort must come from you. God will provide the power and the results.”

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“My God, Your Love cannot be endured, for it is great, and cannot be fit within my small heart.”

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Saint Tychon was the Elder of Saint Paisios. You can see Saint Tychon in the photo below, and Saint Paisios in the background holding a rope.

“Everyone should come to an agreement with their Spiritual Father to have a small, Spiritual program, and by following this you can gain great Spiritual benefit. For example, to read certain things and to have a particular time for reading; to Pray, to keep vigil, to fast etc. And with this small Spiritual program God can give you even greater Blessings and gifts than those he gives to Monks.”

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“Completely have trust in God, leave everything in His hands, and believe that His Love will act for your own benefit. Then God will take care of everything, because there is nothing He cannot do; everything is easy for Him. The difficult thing is for man to decide to humble himself and leave everything to God’s Providence and Love.”

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About: The relationship between Saint Paisios and Saint Euphemia

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“It is me, Euphemia, Father.”

He said to her: “I would like you to tell me how you endured your Martyrdom.” The Saint replied: “Father, if I knew back then how Eternal Life would be and the Heavenly beauty the Souls enjoy by being next to God, I honestly would have asked for my Martyrdom to last forever, as it was absolutely nothing compared to the Gifts of the Grace of God!”

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Saint Paisios asked the Nuns of his Monastery to paint an Icon of Saint Euphemia, carefully describing every detail of how he saw her.

“Let your room be like a small Church with Icons, which you like, and you will see: you will always find consolation there.”


Saint Paisios loved Our Most Holy Theotokos very much and had the Blessing to see the her many times throughout his life.

“The Virgin Mary looks a lot like the Icon of the Virgin Mary of Jerusalem. She is exactly the same. I have seen her many times and I don’t know of any other Icon resembling her so much.”

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“All you will need to do is one thing: kneel and say, ‘Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, Saviour, save us’, and you will have a great protection.”

Elder Paisios, in this society we live in, what must we do to be saved?

And the Elder, in response, narrated the following incident:

“Listen, my children: At the beginning of our century, a huge fire broke out on Mount Athos and threatened the Monastery of Saint Panteleimon. Then 2000 Monks and 3,000 workers working there, took what they found in front of them and went out to face the fire. But they could not. Then the fire spread to Vatopedi. Hundreds of Monks and workers who were there could not, nor could they, stop it. The fire destroyed everything. Then the fire went on and reached Philotheou. Only 15 Monks and as many workers lived there at that time. Frightened, they took the shovels and ran outside to face the fiery flame that ate everything.

But a respectable Elder stopped them and said: “Where are you going brothers? Thousands of people in Vatopedi and Saint Panteleimon could not put out the fire and we, some thirty people, will save the Monastery?”

“And what shall we do, Elder? How will we be saved?” the brothers asked.

“We can not do it alone. Embrace Glykophilousa (“Sweet-kissing” or “Loving Kindness” Icon)! She is in front and we are behind!” the Elder told them.

So they did. In a short time, the fiery flames reached outside the Monastery, burned everything, but did not advance even a millimeter through the walls of the Monastery!

And Saint Paisios added:

“I know that evil like uncontrollable fire threatens you and your children. But hug Glykophilousa and do not be afraid! She has the power to put out the fire that threatens our home! She has the power to put out the fire that threatens our children! She has the power to extinguish the fire that threatens our Soul! Because the Virgin Mary is the Mother of God and the Mother of the whole world and no fire is greater than Her Love !!! Her hands are wings, and no calamity is stronger than her Protection! Embrace Her!”


“The Church is an endless source of Miracles. It takes water and makes it Holy Water; it takes bread and wine and makes the Holy Eucharist; it takes man made of dirt and makes him a god! But many people do not see the Miracles.”

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 “Things are very simple, and there is no reason why we should complicate them. If we regard matters in this way, we will feel the Jesus Prayer as a necessity and will not grow weary. We will be able to repeat it many times and our heart will feel a sweet pain, and then Christ Himself will shed His sweet consolation inside our heart.”

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Saint Paisios and Olet

Saint Paisios took care of any kind of animal he came across. He especially had a special relationship with a little bird he named Olet.

“At my kalyvi I not only have birds of the air, but all the animals come here – jackals, hares, ferrets, turtles, lizards, snakes – they get their full from the overflow of my love, and I am satisfied myself when they are satisfied, and all of us together, ‘the beasts, the cattle, the birds and the reptiles’, ‘Praise, Bless, and Worship the Lord.'”

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“Satan may be working but God is working too, and He will turn evil into good. Take broken tiles, God can take them and turn them into a beautiful mosaic.”

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“Do you ask for help from Jesus Christ or are you struggling alone? Have you told Christ of your weakness? You don’t humble yourself, you don’t ask Christ for help and then you say, ‘I have difficulties in my struggle.’ When one is humble and asks for help from Christ, He helps. Often man makes an egotistical effort and this is why he gets no help.”

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Saint Paisios gave his entire heart to helping his brothers and sisters, he always had time for everyone and cared with immeasurable love for all. Even if someone was living a sinful life, Saint Paisios would concentrate on their strengths and in this way lead them by the hand to Christ.

“God in His goodness has arranged things perfectly, so that with our gifts, we can help each other, and with our faults, we can be humbled by each other. For every person has some gifts; but everyone also has some faults which one must struggle to overcome.”

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Saint Paisios cared greatly for the youth. He understood difficulties they face, and gave them time and listened to their every concern.

“When your children are still small, you have to help them understand what is good. That is the deepest meaning of life.”


“Through your Prayer, you can Sanctify your self as well as your work.”

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“Thank God for everything you are; everything you have, and everything you achieve. By thanking God you will realise that these are not your achievements but His Gifts, and thus, you will feel humble.”

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“In the hour of Prayer, when our mind wanders to thoughts of bad things, or if these thoughts come without our wanting them, we shouldn’t wage an offensive war against the enemy, because, even if all the lawyers in the world joined together, they wouldn’t make any headway with a little demon. Only through ignoring them can one chase these thoughts away. The same is true for blasphemous thoughts. If you want to grab God’s attention so He’ll hear you during Prayer, turn the dial to humility, for God always works in this frequency; then humbly ask for His mercy.”

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“You should carry the Prayer Rope, so that you might not forget the Prayer, which should work internally, within the heart. When of course you exit your cell, you should remember that the enemy is ready to fight you. Thus, imitate the good soldier, who exits the barracks always with his automatic weapon ‘at hand’. The Prayer Rope has a great power, and is the weapon of the Monk, and its knots are bullets, which [when fired at the feet of the demons] make their sandals dance.”

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“Kindness softens and opens up the heart, as oil opens a rusty lock.”

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“So in every test, let us say, ‘Thank you God, because this was needed for my Salvation.’”

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“The humble are like nightingales that hide in ravines and spread joy to the Souls of men with their sweet songs.”

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“The soft life makes people useless. Without toil and struggle Sanctification doesn’t come.”

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“Read the Fathers, even one or two lines a day. They are strengthening vitamins for the Soul.”

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“Pray and rejoice. God will arrange everything.”

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“You have to prepare for Prayer. Read a bit of the Gospel or the Gerontikon and then Pray. It requires an attempt to take the mind to the Divine space. Study is like a gift which God gives us to direct us to greater Spirituality. With study the Soul is warmed.”

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“The only thing Christ is asking from us is our humility. The rest is taken care of by His Grace”

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“We should not seek pleasure in Prayer, not even spiritual pleasure. Otherwise, we become like the kind of children that love their father only because he gives them caramels and chocolates. The peace of our Souls is what should be sought in Prayer.”

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“For God to help, He wants to see our effort. We must do everything we can, so that He can do what we cannot.”

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“Take courage my child and Christ will be the Victor.”

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“Humility and Love, there you have it. This is everything.”

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“Even if you just lean your head on an Icon, you will find consolation.”

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Icons, Photos & Videos

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Below are some Icons of Saint Paisios together with Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia, Saint Iakovos of Evia, Saint Joseph the Hesychast, Saint Nikephoros the Leper, Saint Nektarios of Aegina, Saint Anthimos of Chios, Saint Sophia Kleisoura, Saint Amphilochios Makris, Saint Evmenios, Saint Arsenios and Saint Kosmas Aitolos.

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Below are some Icons of Saint Paisios together with Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia.

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Below is an Icon of Saint Paisios together with Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

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Below is an Icon of Saint Paisios together with Saint Silouan the Athonite and Saint Cosmas Aitolos.

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Footage of Saint Paisios.
Saint Paisios singing Psalm 135.
Saint Paisios talking about Humility.
Life of Saint Paisios.