Papoulakis, Saint Joachim of Vatopaidi (2)

Continued from (1)

by Elder Joseph οf Vatopaidi

Agios Ioakeim Pappoulakis 2

To the Very Reverend Abbot Archimandrite Εphraim And the other venerable Fathers of the Holy, Royal, Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of Vatopaidi on the Holy Mountain, children in the Lord beloved of our humble self, Grace be to you, venerable fathers, and peace from God.

Based on the material submitted by you, beloved and venerable fathers, and on the relative report from our Canonical Commission, which were reviewed in the council of our Holy and Sacred Synod, the Monk Joachim Papoulakis of Vatopaidi from Ithaki – whose blessed life and conduct were distinguished by a genuine Orthodox way of thinking and by a great contribution to the Church – is hereby numbered among the Blessed Ones and Saints of the Church. His commemoration is appointed for the 2nd of March each year, whereas that of the translation of his relics for the 23rd of May. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Papoulakis, Saint Joachim of Vatopaidi (1)

Elder Joseph οf Vatopaidi

Agios Ioakeim Pappoulakis 2




© Holy Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, Mount Athos, Greece 2005

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Translated from the second Greek edition of

© Holy Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, Mount Athos 1998



While exploring the inexhaustible library of our Monastery, a book printed in 1902 fell quite unexpectedly into our hands. It bore the title The Life and Acts of our Blessed Father Joachim of Ithaki and was written by a physician from Ithaki named Panos D. Raftopoulos. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Briefe(3), Altvater Paissios der Agiorit,


Kommt schliesslich die gesegnete Stunde, da du die Welt verlassen wirst, um Mönch zu werden, prüfe zu­allererst dich selbst, ob dein Herz ganz ist oder ob dir irgendwer ein Stückchen davon genommen hat. Erkühne dich nicht, mein Bruder, ins Kloster zu gehen, bevor du dein ganzes Herz bei dir hast, denn du wirst scheitern. Hast du gefühlsmässig auch nur ein Tausendstel davon einer anderen Person geschenkt, wird dir der Teufel spä­ter zu schaffen machen. Er wird sich in diesem einen Tausendstel deines Herzens verschanzen und dich be­kämpfen, einmal mit dem Fleisch, ein andermal mit Ge­danken, dann mit allen beiden, und das Schlimmste ist, dass er es schliesslich ganz beherrschen wird, wenn du Mönch geworden bist, sodass du zwischen „Charybdis und Scylla» sein wirst.

Dass einer vom Fleisch angefochten wird, ist an sich kein Hindernis dafür, dass er Mönch wird, vorausgesetzt, dass er nicht an die Ehe gedacht hat oder, wenn er je dar­an gedacht hat, die Kette der Ehe seit vielen Jahren zer­brochen und sein Herz zur Gänze zurückgewonnen hat.

Eine Seele, die auf Grund der kräftigen körperlichen Konstitution intensiver bekämpft wird vom Fleisch, muss natürlich auch mehr kämpfen, um dasselbe zu be zähmen, und wer mehr kämpft, empfängt von Gott un­zweifelhaft auch mehr Lohn, vorausgesetzt, dass er sein bescheidenes Fasten mit Demut durchsteht und seine Nachtwachen mit Gebet. Dann gewährt der Gute Gott allezeit Seine Hilfe und verbreitet ohne Verzug Leiden­schaftslosigkeit und Frieden in der Seele, zusammen mit Seiner Liebe und Zärtlichkeit für die Kinder, die sich anstrengen, um Seine Gebote zu halten, und gerettet werden wollen. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Justin Popović

Fresco of Elder Justin Popovic, in the church of Pantanassa (of Vatopedi monastery) in Porto Lagos

Fresco of Elder Justin Popovic, in the church of Pantanassa (of Vatopedi monastery) in Porto Lagos

Justin Popović (Serbian Cyrillic Јустин Поповић) (1894-1979) was a theologian, Dostoyevski scholar, a champion of anti-Communism, a writer, a critic of the pragmatic church (celestial) life, a philosopher of the Eastern Orthodox theology and archimandrite of the Ćelije Monastery, near Valjevo.

The early years
Archimandrite Justin was born to pious and God-fearing parents, Prota (Priest) Spiridon and Protinica (Presbytera) Anastasija Popović, in Vranje, South Serbia, on the Feast of Annunciation, March 25, 1894. At baptism, he was given the name Blagoje, after the Feast of the Annunciation (Blagovest means Annunciation or Good News). He was born into a priestly family, as seven previous generations of the Popovićs (Popović in Serbian actually means «family or a son of a priest») were headed by priests.

Blagoje Popović completed the nine-years’ studies at the Theological Faculty of St. Sava in Belgrade in 1914. In the early twentieth century the School of St. Sava in Belgrade was renowned throughout the Orthodox world as a holy place of extreme asceticism as well as of a high quality of scholarship. Some of the well-known professors were the rector, Fr. Domentian; Professor Fr. Dositheus, later a bishop; Athanas Popović; and the great ecclesiastical composer, Stevan Mokranjac. Still, one professor stood head and shoulders above the rest: the then hieromonk Nikolaj Velimirović, Ph.D., the single most influential person in his life.
 World War I
During the early part of World War I, in autumn of 1914, Blagoje served as a student nurse primarily in South Serbia-Skadar, Niš, Kosovo, etc. Unfortunately, while in this capacity, he contracted typhus during the winter of 1914 and had to spend over a month in a hospital in Niš. On January 8, 1915, he resumed his duties sharing the destiny of the Serbian army, passing a path of Golgotha from Peć to Skadar (along which one hundred thousand Serbian soldiers died) where on January 1, 1916 he entered the monastic order in the Orthodox cathedral of Skadar and took the name of St. Justin, after the great Christian philosopher and martyr for Christ, St. Justin the Philosopher.

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Justin Popović (Σερβικά, Serbian)



Justin Popović (1894-1979) je bio arhimandrit manastira Ćelije, doktor teologije, profesor Beogradskog univerziteta i duhovnik. Blagoje Popović, potonji otac Justin, je rođen u Vranju 6. aprila (25. marta po starom kalendaru) 1894. godine od oca Spiridona i majke Anastasije. Familija Popovića je kroz generacije bila sveštenička, jedino je Blagojev otac Spiridon bio samo crkvenjak. Blagoje je bio najmlađe dete, a imao je starijeg brata Stojadina i sestru Stojnu. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Prayer XI- St. Nikolai Velimirovic

christkingOnce I bound myself to You, my love, all other bonds broke.

I see a swallow distraught over its demolished nest, and I say: «I am not bound to my nest.»

I see a son mourning for his father, and I say: «I am not bound to my parents.»

I see a fish expiring as soon as it is taken out of the water, and I say: «That is me! If they take me out of Your embrace, I shall die in seconds-like a fish tossed onto the sand.» Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (2)

ser_dove«…One night while St. Sergius was praying, he heard a voice calling his name. He was greatly surprised and, having read his prayer, he opened the window to see who had called him. A miraculous vision appeared before him. A great light coming from heaven made the night as bright as day. Once again a voice called him saying, «Sergius, you pray for your children and the Lord has heard your prayer. See how many monks have come together in honour of the Holy Trinity to be guided by you». Then the saint saw a multitude of birds that were not only on the wall of the monastery, but also in the clearing surrounding it. The voice said: «The number of your monks will be as the number of the birds, and it will not decrease if they follow your path»».

Having become abbot of the monastery, St. Sergius did not change anything in his life and continued to work for all. He remembered the words of Christ, «The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve» (Mt. 20:28 ). He was not only a father but also a servant to all those who came to him, giving an example of humility and work. Saint Sergius officiated every day, and he himself prepared alter bread, grinding wheat and making dough. He also prepared food, made boots and habits for the monks, carried water form the spring and left a bucket at each monk’s cell. He himself built 3 or 4 cells for other monks. He spent the night praying, eating only a little bread and water and never spent an hour without working. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »