Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Another prayerful encounter between Sts. Paisios and Porphyrios

Sts. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia and Paisios the Athonite (source)
The relationship between Sts. Porphyrios and Paisios was one of love and spiritual communication. Once, St. Paisios came to the little cell that St. Porphyrios had at first, and after they said whatever they said, St. Paisios left.

Then I went there, full of curiosity, to St. Paisios and told him: "What did you talk about, Elder? What did you discuss?"

He told me with disarming simplicity: "Eh, the 'Lord Jesus Christ... [i.e. the Jesus Prayer]"

I expected them to discuss the 666, the 12 bishops, or various ecclesiastical topics. But they prayed together. They found an opportunity to pray together, to "breathe together" in prayer.
(from Georgios Arvanitis, from the book, "O Dikos mou Paisios, by Antoni Makatouni and Kosta Pappa, source)
Sts. Paisios and Porphyrios (source)
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Am I able to obtain a copy of this icon/painting?