Sunday, April 26, 2015

St. George Cathedral, Covasna, and Blessed Elder Joseph the Hesychast (+1959)

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
From the interior of the Chapel of Panagia Pantanassa, St. George Cathedral, Covasna, Romania (source)
St. George Orthodox Cathedral in Covasna Romania, has dedicated one of its chapels to Panagia Pantanassa, the wondrous icon of the Theotokos from Vatopedi Monastery, through which many healings have occurred especially of cancer.
This church is also blessed to treasure among its holy relics, those of Blessed Elder Joseph the Hesychast (+1959) (see the link for the life of the Elder). As such, this chapel is adorned with beautiful icons from the life of Elder Joseph.
Elder Joseph in prayer while still a layman (source)
Elder Joseph receiving Holy Communion at the hands of an Angel (source)
Christ and the Theotokos appearing to Elder Joseph in a vision (source)
The repose of Elder Joseph on the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (source)
Elder Joseph was truly a spiritual giant of the 20th century, and continues to help thousands throughout the world through his example, his writings, and his prayers to the Lord. We pray that we all might have his blessing, and that we might soon celebrate his canonization by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Icons of Elder Joseph the Hesychast, St. George Cathedral, Covasna, Romania (source)
Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs, He has granted life!
Truly, the Lord is risen!