Saint Paisios of Mount Athos in Greece (+1994) and the young George the Tibetan Buddhist monk

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Saint Paisios of Mount Athos in Greece (+1994) 

and the young George the Tibetan Buddhist monk

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ORTHODOX PATH

George, a young man of sixteen or seventeen, came to Mount Athos in Greece to go from one monastery to another. Though Greek by blood, he had been raised abroad from early childhood among Tibetan Buddhist monks in their monastery. He had made a great deal of progress in meditation, and he had become an accomplished sorcerer, able to summon any demon he wanted. He was also an expert in the martial arts. Using the power of Satan, he made impressive displays of his abilities: he broke hazelnuts in his palm, and tossed away the shells while the nuts remained attached to his hand. He could read closed books. He struck large rocks with his bare hand, and they shattered like walnuts.

Some monks brought George to Saint Paisios so that he could help him. George asked Saint Paisios what powers he had, what he could do, and the St Paisios answered that he himself didn’t have any power, and that all power is from God.

George, wanting to demonstrate his power, concentrated his gaze on a large rock in the distance, and it shattered. Saint Paisios took a small rock and made the sign of the Cross over it, and told him to destroy it too. He concentrated and performed his magic, but he couldn’t shatter it. Then he started trembling, and the satanic powers―which he thought he controlled―since they weren’t able to break the rock, turned against him and hurled him to the opposite bank of the river. Saint Paisios picked him up in a miserable condition.

“Another time,” recounted St Paisios, “while we were talking, he suddenly stood up, grabbed me by the arms and spun me around backward. ‘Let’s see Hadjiefendis get you lose, if he can,’ he said. I felt it was like blasphemy to say that. I moved my hands a little, like this, and he was jerked away. He jumped up in the air and tried to kick me, but his foot stopped near my face, like it had hit an invisible wall! God protected me.

“At night, I kept him there, and he slept in my cell. The demons dragged him down into the pit and thrashed him for failing. In the morning he was in a bad state, injured and covered in thorns and dirt. He confessed, ‘Satan beat me up because I couldn’t defeat you.’”

St Paisios convinced George to bring him his magical texts, and he burned them. “When he came here”, St Paisios recalled, “he had some sort of charm or amulet with him. I went to take it, but he wouldn’t give it to me. I took a candle and said, “Lift the leg of your pants up a little.” Then I put the lit candle against his leg―he yelled and jumped up. “Well,” I said, “if the flame from a little candle is for you, how are you going to endure the fire of hell that you’re going to end up in because of what you’re doing?”

St Paisios kept the young man close to him for a little while and helped him, so long as he was willing to be obedient. He felt such compassion for him that he said, “I would leave the desert and go out into the world to help this boy.” He made an effort to learn if he had been baptized and even found out the name of the church where his baptism had taken place. Shaken by the power and the grace of the Elder, George wanted to become a monk, but he wasn’t able to.

Saint Paisios would refer to George’s case to show what a delusion it is to think that all religions are the same, that everyone believes in the same God, and that there’s no difference between Tibetan Buddhist and Orthodox monks.

From the Book:

Elder Paisios of Mount Athos

©2012 For the English Language by The Holy Monastery Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian

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A German Protestant comes to know Orthodoxy through the wireless

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TEXTS – ORTHODOXY

A German Protestant

comes to know Orthodoxy through the wireless

On Saturday 8-8-2009, at the Holy Monastery of Dohiariou at the Holy Mountain, in an atmosphere of devotion, the German Dominik Weiel 40 years old Geologist, renounced Protestantism and entered Orthodoxy, receiving the baptismal name Michael.

Michael became acquainted with Athos and Orthodoxy through his communication via the wireless with Radio-amateur brother of the Monastery Fr. Apollo SV2ASP/A, who began in 1991. The experienced German Radio-amateur DL5EBE, then as an undergraduate, when he heard for the first time the inexperienced Agiorite monk with a weak signal calling, he communicated with him and offered to help him. This was the first opportunity for him to come to Athos, meet the monk and set up the station. This visit became a landmark in his life. He met the Elder Gregory, Abbot of the Monastery and the brothers, whom he loved and continued to visit to the Monastery, always following its full daily program.

When he completed his University studies he was employed by a German petroleum products company, active throughout the world. For many years now he works in Moscow and because of this it was many years since he had visited Athos. However, despite of this, he did not cease his communication. All this period he struggled within himself on his conversion and finally decided to be baptized, thus he came to Athos. Those days it happened that we had a lot of work in which he took part. The days would pass and he was anxious to be baptized. Finally on Friday the Elder asked him “do you wish to be baptized?’ “It would be my great pleasure” he replied and immediately his face shined. Then we invited Mr. Stavro Pomaki, Officer in the Army Air Force, radio-amateur and spiritual child of the Monastery, who even though he was far from his home, he eagerly agreed to become his godparent. Very shortly later everything was ready, so the morning of Saturday after the Divine Liturgy, he received the holy baptism at the harbor of our Monastery in the presence of the whole brotherhood and pilgrims and finally very happy he returned to his work.

Let us pray that the Archangel Michael, the protector of our Monastery whose name was given by the Elder, support him on the difficult road of his life he struggles daily.

Source:

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The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian in Souroti, near Thessaloniki, Greece

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ORTHODOX WEB

The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian is situated in the village Souroti, 20km away from the airport of Thessaloniki, Greece.

On July 12th 1994, Saint Paisios reposed and was buried at the Monastery, next to the church of St Arsenios the Cappadocian.

TEL: 0030 23960 41320

Monastery typical rule for appropriate clothing:

Entry to the Convent is not allowed to women wearing trousers, short skirts, and sleeveless or backless dresses.

Women should wear a skirt that’s wide and long, reaching below the knee.

The Convent does not provide skirts, shawls/scarves or other articles of clothing.

Entry is also denied to men wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts.

These rules also apply to children.

The Monastery is open:

Tuesday and Thursday

Winter Time: 10 am – 1 pm και 4 pm – 6 pm

Summer Time: 10 am – 1 pm και 5 pm – 7 pm

SATURDAY

Winter Time: 10 am ­ 03 pm

Summer Time: 10 am ­ 03 pm

SUNDAY

Winter Time: 11 am – 1 pm και 4 pm – 6 pm

Summer Time: 11 am – 1 pm και 5 pm – 7 pm

During the Clean Week and the Holy Week the Convent is closed

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MONASTERY OF ST. JOHN – SOUROTI

Orthodox Church Quotes: Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

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Orthodox Church Quotes:

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

July 12

Vie et message de Saint Nectaire d’Égine – par Roland Épin ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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SAINTS OF MY HEART

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Saint Nectaire à Égine (+1920)

9 novembre

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Vie et message de Saint Nectaire d’Égine

par Roland Épin

C’est en Sélybie de Thrace, près de Constantinople, le 1er octobre 1846, que vint au monde, l’avant-dernier de six, Anastase Képhalas. Marie, sa mère, vivait douloureusement sa foi orthodoxe sous la persécution turque, mais elle sut donner à tous ses enfants son amour du Christ Pantocrator. Anastase en sera marqué pour la vie. Son père n’était pas souvent à la maison. Pour nourrir sa nombreuse famille, il travaillait tantôt comme agriculteur, tantôt comme pêcheur.

C’est la foi de sa “grand-mère bien-aimée”, de l’inoubliable grand-mère qui marquera le plus l’enfance d’Anastase et qui fera de lui un vrai “ressuscité” – sens de son prénom – avant de devenir le pur “nectar” de la Grèce et du monde.

Chaque soir, il voyait sa mère et sa grand-mère tirer les rideaux de l’unique chambre des enfants pour que les Turcs n’aperçoivent pas toute la famille agenouillée devant les icônes de la Sainte Trinité et de l’archange Michel éclairées par la flamme tremblotante des veilleuses. Aussitôt après la prière, Anastase “le petit garnement tant aimé”, se jetait dans les bras de sa grand-mère. Ainsi blotti sur son cœur, il s’abandonnait à cette sainte tendresse:

–Viens, grand-mère, disons ensemble : Aie pitié de moi, Seigneur.
–Oui, mon cœur.

Et serrant très fort son petit garnement, elle murmurait avec lui le psaume 50 qu’il connaissait par cœur. Au verset, j’enseignerai tes voies aux sans loi et les impies reviendront à toi, il était traversé comme par un courant électrique. Il tendait sa main et la posait sur la bouche de sa grand-mère et terminait seul le psaume, comme si cette phrase et la fin du psaume le concernaient particulièrement. Le feu de la tendresse humaine et le feu divin qui traversent le psaume 50 brûlaient le cœur du petit Anastase. Une ” force magique ” l’habitait alors. Cette force, il la puisait aussi dans la ” Croix de Bois Saint ” qu’il portait toujours à son cou. Ce minuscule morceau de bois de la vraie Croix, un Continue reading “Vie et message de Saint Nectaire d’Égine – par Roland Épin ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French”

Macedonia is Greece – Athens, January 20, 2019

Macedonia is Greece

Athens, January 20, 2019

The conversion of French Photographer Frère Jean (Gérard Gascuel) to Orthodoxy

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CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY

The conversion of French

Photographer Frère Jean (Gérard Gascuel)

to Orthodoxy

Photographer Gérard Gascuel who worked with Marcel Marceau and Salvador Dali and now is Hieromonk Gerasimos says he decided to become a monk after hearing an Athonite monk singing.

«I was 33 when the editor in chief of an influential Japanese magazine sent me to Greece to make a report about the life of Athonite monks,» Father Gerasimos was quoted as saying by the Rossijskaya Gazeta daily on Tuesday.

Going around the monasteries he came upon a monastery where there is an ancient tradition to keep skulls of deceased monks.

«I went into the crypt and then life was divided: ‘before’ and ‘after’. When I was going back I met a Greek monk and we talked about the meaning of life. His English was poor… And suddenly he started singing!» Father Gerasimos recalls.

According to him, it was then that he decided to become a monk.

«I made a decision in few seconds. Having returned to France, I delivered my report to the magazine, sold my estate and became an ordinary monk on Athos. I spent many years in the Holy Land at St. Savvas Monastery in the Continue reading “The conversion of French Photographer Frère Jean (Gérard Gascuel) to Orthodoxy”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos (+1994), the false evolution & the temptation of atheism when he was 11 years old & the appearance of Jesus Christ to him

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Saint Paisios of Mount Athos (+1994),

the false evolution & the temptation of atheism when he was 11 years old

& the appearance of Jesus Christ to him

From the age of eleven [says Saint Paisios], I would read the lives of the Saints, I would fast and keep vigil. My older brother would take the books and hide them, but that didn’t stop me. I would just go into the forest and keep reading there.

Later, when I was fifteen, a friend of my brother named Costas told my brother, “I’ll make him willingly give up all this nonesense.” He came and explained to me Darwin’s theory of evolution. I was shaken by this, and I said, “I’ll go and pray, and, if Christ is God, He’ll appear to me so that I’ll believe. I’ll see a shadow, hear a voice—He will show me a sign.” That’s all I could come up with at the time.

So, I went and began to pray and make prostrations for hours; but nothing happened. Eventually I stopped in a state of exhaustion. Then something Costas had said came to mind: “I accept that Christ is an important man,” he had told me, “righteous and virtuous, Who was hated out of envy for His virtue and condemned by His countrymen.” I thought to myself, “since that’s how Christ was, even if He was only a man, He deserves my love, obedience, and self-sacrifice. I don’t want paradise; I don’t want anything. It is worth making every sacrifice for the sake of His holiness and kindness.”

God was waiting to see how I would deal with this temptation. 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.

With this event, the uncertainties that had troubled my soul were overcome, and in divine grace I came to know Christ as true God and Savior of the world. I was convinced of the truth of the God-man, not by men or books, but by the very Lord Himself, who revealed Himself to me even at this young age. Firmly established in faith, I thought to myself, “Come back now, Costas, if you want, and we’ll have a talk.”

Source:

Books of St Paisios

Story about Toll booths (Partial Judgment) – From Experiences during the Divine Liturgy – Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos

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HEAVEN ON EARTH – ORTHODOXY

Story about Toll booths (Partial Judgment)

From Experiences during the Divine Liturgy

Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos:

The Middle state takes place after the soul’s “First” or “partial judgments”,
which takes place right after the soul is separated from the body. This ‘First”or “Partial Judgment” of man is also our Church Dogma.

We will conclude with an incidence which was mentioned to me by a grandchild of a certain priest many years ago during Confession.

A young man told me this about his grandfather, who was a priest. When he was a boy of about 5 or 6, the grandfather died and they burried him the next day. On the third day the family went to read the memorial prayers at the Continue reading “Story about Toll booths (Partial Judgment) – From Experiences during the Divine Liturgy – Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos”

Christianity’s passing grade – Elder Joel Yannakopoulos of Kalamata, Greece (+1966)

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HEAVEN ON EARTH – ORTHODOXY

Christianity’s passing grade

Elder Joel Yannakopoulos of Kalamata, Greece (+1966)

A middle school teacher once told Fr. Joel, “Father, in my opinion, it’s completely wrong to do good with the goal of enjoying Paradise or delivering yourself from hell. We should do good only for the sake of love for God.”

Fr. Joel asked the teacher, “When you grade your students, do you give only 0s and 100s? There’re no other grades?”

“Of course there are! I use the whole scale from 0 to 100. Students with a 65 or above pass, the rest do not.”

“And Christianity has its own grading scale. Those who do good exclusively because they desire to fulfill the will of God receive an ‘A.’ Christianity gives a somewhat lower grade to those who do good in order to enjoy Paradise, and those who do good to avoid hell receive a yet lower score. But all three of these grades are higher than a 65, and so all of these people ‘pass.’ If you want, labor spiritually to get an ‘A.’ No one is hindering you. But look sympathetically upon those poor people who are fighting for a ’65.’”

Source:

http://orthochristian.com

http://orthochristian.com/115308.html

ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY