Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia

Feast Day: December 2nd


The Life of Saint Porphyrios: On his way back to the hut, after receiving Holy Communion in the Divine Liturgy that morning, his feelings were so intense that he stopped, stretched out his hands and shouted loudly “Glory to You, O God! Glory to You, O God! Glory to You, O God!”…

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Prayers

Akathist Hymn

Apolytikion: The son of Evia, the Elder of All Greeks, the initiate of Divine Vision and true friend of Christ. Porphyrios, o faithful, let us praise who from childhood was filled with Divine gifts, the demonized are redeemed and the sick are healed who cry out: “Glory to Him who gave His might to you! Glory to Him who made you Holy! Glory to Him, who, through you, effects cures for all.”

Kontakion: The most-Holy temple of the Comforter, and the beloved of the All-Pure Theotokos. Let us praise Porphyrios from our heart, for he loves and heals all, and protects, and intercedes, that we be granted Theosis. Therefore, we cry out: Rejoice, O Father Porphyrios.


“There is one thing, O Christ, that I want, one thing I desire, one thing I ask for, and that is to be with You.”

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“When a bad or gloomy thought, fear or temptation threatens to afflict you, don’t fight it to try and get rid of it. Open your arms to Christ’s love and He will embrace you, then it will vanish by itself.”

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“This is the way we should see Christ. He is our friend, our brother; He is whatever is good and beautiful. He is everything. Yet, He is still a friend and He shouts it out, ‘You’re My friends, don’t you understand that? We’re brothers. I’m not… I don’t hold hell in my hands. I am not threatening you. I love you. I want you to enjoy life together with Me.’”

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“When we Pray continually, God will enlighten us as to what we must do in each situation, even the most difficult. God will speak in our hearts. He will find ways.”

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“Do not fight to expel darkness from the chamber of your Soul. Open a tiny aperture for the light to enter, and the darkness will disappear.”

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“On my own I am not the Church, but together with you. All together we are the Church. All are incorporated in the Church.”

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“Love Christ and put nothing before His Love. Christ is everything. He is Joy, He is Life, He is Light. He is the True Light Who makes man joyful, makes him soar with happiness… Everything beautiful is in Christ.”

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“Every time you say, ‘Lord, have mercy on my child,’ your child will receive one good thought from Christ… The more you Pray, the more good thoughts will be acquired by your child.”

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“A person can become a Saint anywhere. He can become a Saint in Omonia Square, if he wants. At your work, whatever it may be, you can become Saints – through meekness, patience and love.”

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“Confession is a way for man to come to God. It is the offering of the love of God to man. Nothing and no one is able to deprive man of this love.”

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“With Christ a person is filled with Grace and so lives above evil. Evil does not exist for him. There is only good, which is God. Evil cannot exist. While there is light there cannot be darkness. Nor can darkness encompass him because he has the light.”

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“And when you repeat the Prayer, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me’, say it slowly, humbly, gently, and with Divine love. Pronounce the Name of Christ with sweetness…”

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“Turn your mind towards God continually. Learn to love Prayer; converse with the Lord. What counts above all is love, passionate love for the Lord, for Christ the Bridegroom. Become worthy of Christ’s love. In order not to live in darkness, turn on the switch of Prayer so that Divine Light may flood your Soul. Christ will appear in the depths of your being. There, in the deepest and most inward part, is the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21).”

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“The person who belongs to Christ turns everything into Prayer. He makes both difficulties and tribulations into Prayer. Whatever happens to him, he begins, ‘Lord Jesus Christ…’… Learn to love Prayer, familiar converse with the Lord.”

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“We should refer all our problems, whatever they are, to God, just as we say in the Divine Liturgy that we ‘commend our whole life to Christ our God.’ We leave everything to You, O Lord. Whatever You Will. Let Your Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

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As a young child, Saint Porphyrios loved and strove to imitate the life of Saint John the Hut-Dweller.

“There, where I shepherded the animals, I slowly read, word by word, the life of Saint John the Hut-dweller and I loved Saint John very much. I said a lot of prayers, like the young child that I was, twelve or fifteen years old, I don’t remember too well. I wanted to follow his example… I always made the effort to Pray, to read the Hymns of the Church, the Holy Scriptures and the Lives of the Saints. May you do the same. I tried, by the Grace of God, to approach God and may you also do the same.”

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“Prayer for other people which is said calmly and with profound love is unselfish and is of great Spiritual benefit. It gives Grace to the person Praying and also brings God’s Grace to those being Prayed for.”

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“Do you know what a great gift it is that God gave us the right to speak to Him every hour and moment, wherever we are? He always listens to us. This is the greatest honour we have. For this reason we must love God.”

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“Try to fill your Soul with Christ so as not to have it empty. Your Soul is like a cistern full of water. If you channel the water to the flowers, that is, to the virtues, you will experience true joy and all the thorns of evil will wither away. But if you channel the water to the weeds, these will grow and choke you and all the flowers will wither.”

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“God loves us very much; He has us in mind in each and every moment and He protects us. We should know this and not be afraid of anything.”

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Make a new start every day, with new resolution, with enthusiasm and love, Prayer and silence – not with anxiety so that you get a pain in the chest.”

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“When people are empty of Christ, a thousand and one other things come and fill them up: jealousies, hatreds, boredom, melancholy, resentment, a worldly outlook, worldly pleasures. Try to fill your Soul with Christ so that it’s not empty.”

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“Eventually, on a branch opposite me I saw a tiny bird. It was a nightingale. I listened as the nightingale trilled unstintingly, its throat puffed out to bursting in sustained song. The microscopic little bird was stretching back its wings in order to find power to emit those sweetest of tones, and puffing out its throat to produce that exquisite voice. If only I had a cup of water to give it to drink and quench its thirst!… The purpose was worship, to sing to their Creator, to worship God… I regarded all of them as angels of God, little birds that Glorified God the Creator of all and no one heard them.”

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“When there is love for Christ, loneliness disappears.”

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“You don’t become Holy by fighting evil. Let evil be. Look towards Christ and that will save you. What makes a person Saintly is love.”

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“However hard the devil may try, he cannot enter and dwell in the Soul that is wholly occupied by Christ, because he cannot fit; there is no empty place for him.”

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“We should feel that Christ’s our friend. He Himself confirms this when He says: ‘You’re my friends…’ (Jn. 15,14). We should look on Him and approach Him as a friend. Have we fallen? Have we sinned? We should run to Him with love, familiarity and confidence. Not with fear that He’ll punish us, but with the courage that comes from feeling of being His friend.”

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“That’s how we should think always. And that’s how we should live through difficulties and tragedies. We should see them all as opportunities for Prayer, for approaching God. That’s the secret: how the man of God will transform everything into Prayer. That’s what Saint Paul the Apostle means when he says, I rejoice in my sufferings, in all the tribulations he encountered. This is how Sanctification takes place. May God grant this to us. I ask for this fervently in my Prayer.”

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“Grace will visit you gradually. You’ll enter into joy. You’ll begin to live in peace, and then you’ll become stronger by God’s Grace. You won’t get angry. You won’t lose your temper, you won’t get upset with people, you won’t judge. You’ll accept all of them with love.”

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“For the people of God, there is no such thing as distance, even if they be thousands of miles apart. However far away our fellow human beings may be, we must stand by them… When Christ unites us, distances don’t exist. When I leave this life it will be better. I’ll be closer to you.”

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Saint Porphyrios had a pet parrot which he tamed. He also taught the parrot to say the Jesus Prayer. Saint Porphyrios said… “He is more spiritual than me. I get tired and I fall asleep but he stays awake and Prays.”

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“You don’t need to say a lot to children. Words hammer at the ears, but Prayer goes to the heart. Prayer is required, with faith and without anxiety, along with a good example.”

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“Only Prayer, silence and love are effective… It is better to turn to the heart of other people through secret Prayer than to their ears.”

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“We benefit greatly from our illnesses, as long as we endure them without complaint and Glorify God, asking for His Mercy.”

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“Death doesn’t exist. Don’t fear death… With Christ, death becomes the bridge which we will cross in an instant in order to continue to live in the Unsetting Light.”

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Icons, Photos & Videos

“When Christ enters our Soul, everything within us will be altered.”

Below are some Icons of Saint Porphyrios together with Saint Paisios the Athonite, Saint Iakovos of Evia, and Saint Joseph the Hesychast.

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Below are some Icons of Saint Porphyrios together with Saint Paisios the Athonite.

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Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.
Christ is our Friend, our Brother… He is Everything.
Although the adversary is approaching, you open your arms, lifting them toward Christ.
I saw Heaven!
I give myself over entirely to Your Love.
Saint Porphyrios Praying during a Divine Liturgy in 1977.
Above everything else is the Love of God.
Saint Porphyrios Praying with a Family.
Christ is Risen! – Paschal Sermon of Saint John Chrysostom.