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…



Akathist Hymn


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.


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. Saints Paisios and Arsenios always remained close.


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.


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.


The relationship between Saint Paisios and Saint Euphemia

“It is me, Euphemia, Father.”


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

Saint Paisios was overcome with emotion when he saw the Icon of Panagia of Jerusalem in her Tomb in Gethsemane, he said the Icon of Panagia of Jerusalem closely resembles her Holy face, more than any other Icon. Saint Paisios loved Our Most Holy Theotokos very much and had the Blessing to see the her many times throughout his life.


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.


Icons, Photos & Videos


Footage of Saint Paisios.
Saint Paisios talking about Humility.
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.
Life of Saint Paisios.