Saint Nektarios Metropolitan of Pentapolis (Libya) and the Vatopedi Monastery (4th nocturn)

by Andri Hatzikosta-Tofalidou

Letter 2

16 September 1900

The holy commissioners of the Great and Holy Monastery of Vatopedi, at the Holy Mountain
With this letter I would like to ask the esteemed Council of the holy monastery to notify me if it has received my letter conveyed by the Archimandrite and Doctor, Chrysanthos Makris, and on its decision on my request contained in the letter. I intend to proceed with the publication of the work detailed in my letter and I would like to know the intentions of the monastery regarding my petition.
Hoping for your swift reply, I express my gratitude, read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

“The Lord’s Grace where it will blows”

There was this couple, truly and utterly devoted to God;

People who have decided to abandon their lives to His hands. And He blesses them with both of His hands. They find themselves in the path of Elder Porfyrios, the well known enlightened, contemporary saint, who embraced every detail of their lives. He shields them from every danger and protects them from every threat, his prayer smoothes out every obstacle. The Lord gives them five children, two girls and three boys. The elder one is Eve. She is a talented wise little kid, prudent as an adult. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The last day at the Hospital of Elder Paissios the Athonite

Eventually, Elder Paissios got cancer and was taken into hospital in Thessaloniki. At the hospital, they looked after him as best they could. Nevertheless, his cancer spread so much that the end was very near. His departure for Heaven was a matter of time. He had been preparing himself for this journey all his life. Thus, for whatever time was left, he wished to stay at the monastery of St John the Apostle in Souroti. Mr. Christofer Oikonomou, now deceased, was near him and he describes in a letter geronta’s departure from the hospital.
“Today, Fr Paisios left the hospital. There were many people there. We were told that he would give his blessing in the reception. Lots of people, women, doctors, nurses, even the ailing, were swarming besides him. He lifted up his hand and said goodbye to those sick in the other rooms. There was this man, who had the drip on his hand, bowed to kiss Fr Paisios’s hand, but Fr. Paisios kissed his instead. read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »