Let us accept another as he is – Blessed Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra Monastery, Holy Mount Athos, Greece (+2019)

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-Let us accept another as he is-

Blessed Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra Monastery,

Holy Mount Athos, Greece (+2019)

Let us accept another as he is. One will insult me, of course. Another will praise me, certainly. Another will offer me half a glass of water, doubtlessly. Let us not meddle in the life of another. When they will ask for our love, let us give it as God gives it, “over both the righteous and the unrighteous.”

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私はいつも自分の欠点と真剣に戦おうと思っているのですが、結局何もしようとしません。なぜなのでしょう。 – I always try to fight seriously with my own faults, but I will not do anything after all. Why is that? – Q&A – Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Japanese

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どうやって霊的弱点から逃れるか

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I always try to fight seriously with my own faults, but I will not do

anything after all. Why is that?

――聖山アトスのパイシイとの対話――

――長老様、私はいつも自分の欠点と真剣に戦おうと思っているのですが、結局何もしようとしません。なぜなのでしょう。

――何だってお前さんはすぐに全部解決しようとあせるのかの。欠点というものは高徳と同じで、一つの輪っかになっているのじゃよ。一つの欠点がもう一つと結びついているように、徳も別の徳とつながっていて、まあ、列車の車両みたいなものじゃな。もしお前さんがある弱点と戦って、自分の心の中にその欠点と正反対の徳を育ててみたとしたら、しまいにはお前さんが戦いに勝つじゃろう。そうやって一つの弱点から逃れれば、結局は別の弱点も克服することが出来、それと同時にお前さんの心に徳は増していくばかりなのじゃよ。

たとえば、お前さんがねたんでいるとする。ねたみと戦って、自分の心に愛や善い行いを育てれば、ねたみばかりでなく、同時に怒ったり、人を議したり、憎んだり、悲しんだりすることから逃れることが出来るのじゃ。

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Video: Verso gli agnostici e gli atei – San Paisios del Monte Athos, Grecia (+1994) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian

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ANIMALS OF MY HEART

Verso gli agnostici e gli atei

San Paisios del Monte Athos, Grecia (+1994)

Heilige Paisos van de Heilige Athos Berg, Griekenland (+1994) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Dutch

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SAINT PAISIOS OF MOUNT ATHOS, GREECE

Heilige Paisos van de Heilige Athos Berg, Griekenland (+1994)

Feestdag 12 juli

Een nieuwe Orthodoxe heilige: Vader Paisos van de Heilige Athos Berg werd gecanoniseerd door de Oecumenische Patriarch tijdens de bijeenkomst van de Heilige Synode op dinsdag 13 januari 2015. De Heilige Paisios was reeds als een heilige erkend door de gelovigen en het was slechts een kwestie van tijd voor hij zou gecanoniseerd worden.

Arsenios Aznepidis werd geboren op 25 juli 1924 in Farasa, Cappadocië in Klein-Azië, kort voor de volkswisseling tussen Griekenland en Turkije na de Turks-Griekse oorlog van 1919 tot 1922. Hij ontving zijn naam van de heilige Arsenios van Cappadocië, die hem doopte, het kind zijn naam gaf en zijn toekomst als kloosterling voorspelde. Kort na zijn doopsel moesten de jonge Arsenios en zijn familie Klein-Azië verlaten als gevolg van het vredesakkoord van Lausanne. De heilige Arsenios leidde zijn volk op deze tocht van 600 km naar Griekenland. De familie Eznepidis settelde zich in Konitsa in Epirus in het noordwesten van Griekenland. Zoals hij voorspeld had, overleed de heilige Arsenios veertig dagen nadat zijn groep zich in Griekenland gevestigd had en liet hij hen als zijn spirituele erfgenaam de jonge Arsenios na. Arsenios groeide op in Konitsa en werd schrijnwerker na zijn middelbare school.

Tijdens de burgeroorlog in Griekenland na de Tweede Wereldoorlog, diende Arsenios als radio operateur. Hij was zeer bezorgd voor zijn landgenoten en hun familie, maar niet bang voor zichzelf omdat hij alleenstaande was zonder kinderen. Hij werd opgemerkt voor zijn moed, zelfopoffering en morele rechtschapenheid. Na de burgeroorlog wou hij het klooster binnetreden, maar hij moest voor zijn zusters zorgen, die nog ongehuwd waren. Tegen 1950 had hij voor de toekomst van zijn zusters gezorgd en kon hij zijn monastieke roeping volgen.

Hij kwam op de Athos Berg toe in 1950, eerst bij Vader Kyril, de toekomstige Abt van het Koutloumousiou Klooster en ging dan naar het Esphigmenou Klooster. In 1954 na vier jaar noviciaat, kreeg hij de monnik tonsuur en de Continue reading “Heilige Paisos van de Heilige Athos Berg, Griekenland (+1994) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Dutch”

Saint Paraskevi the Holy & Glorious Virgin-Martyr of Greece, from Rome (+161) – Patron Saint of the eyes – July 26

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Holy Skull of St. Paraskevi in Petraki Monastery, Athens, Greece

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Saint Paraskevi the Holy & Glorious Virgin-Martyr of Greece, from Rome (+161)

Patron Saint of the eyes

July 26

The holy and glorious Virgin-Martyr Saint Paraskevi (also Paraskeva) was arrested during the reign of the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius (r. A.D. 138-161) under the penalty of refusing to worship idols and adhering to the state pagan religion. After enduring many tortures, she was eventually released by the emperor, continuing to profess Christ. She was eventually tortured and beheaded by the Roman governor Tarasius in the year 180. The Church commemorates her on July 26.

Saint Paraskevi, The Parthenomartyr, (July 26th), was born in a village near Rome during the reign of Hadrian (117-138 AD). Her parents were the pious Christians Agathonikos (Agathon) and Politea. Her parents prayed fervently for a child, and God finally blessed their piety. They gave great honor to Friday, the day of Our Lord’s suffering. Being born on this day, her parents named her Paraskevi (“Friday” in Greek, but literally “preparation”).

St Paraskevi obtained an excellent education from both secular and Scriptural instructors. She was also very knowledgeable in the field of philosophy. Bolstered by her Christian upbringing, she often conversed with other women about Christianity, trying to strengthen their faith in this new religion. Many distinguished families wanted this beautiful, educated and rich woman to marry their sons. Her understanding and kindness made her even more desirable. However having a higher goal in life, St Paraskevi rejected any marriage proposals.

When she was 20 years old, both her parents died 1eaving her as the sole heir to the family fortune. St Paraskevi did not use her fortune for herself. Filled with the spirit of Christ and Christian ideals, she sold all her worldly possessions using the money to relieve human suffering. There was a portion retained to a community treasury that supported a home for reverent virgins who stayed in a kenobion, a type of commune like a contemporary monastery. These women prayed and fasted doing charitable works. They preached primarily to Hebrew and idol worshiping women giving them an opportunity to learn about Christian salvation.

She left Rome at the age of 30 and began her holy mission, passing through many cities and villages. St Paraskevi’s activities occurred during a period that the Jews and Romans persecuted the Christian religion with the greatest intensity. Antoninus Pius (138-161) ruled Rome at this time, and he did not execute Christians without a trial. She was not caught immediately or put to death. Instead, Antoninus protected Christians against the blind mania of the Jewish and Roman inhabitants. Christians could only be brought to trial if another citizen lodged a formal complaint against them. Antoninus however had to repeal this law because of the many disasters which had befallen Rome and which were blamed on the Christians.

Strong in faith, learning, and eloquence, Paraskevi spoke persuasively to her fellow Roman citizens, leading them from idolatry to faith in Christ. Eventually, Antoninus heard of St. Paraskevi’s holy mission. Upon her return to Rome, several Jews filed complaints about her and Antoninus summoned her to his palace to question her. Attracted by her beauty and humility he tried with kind words to make her denounce her faith, even promising to marry her and make her an empress. Angered by her refusal he had a steel helmet, lined with nails and compressed on her head with a vice. It had no effect on the Saint and many who witnessed this miracle converted to Christianity. Thrown into prison, Paraskevi asked God to give her the strength to face the terror that awaited her. Antoninus again continued her torture by having her hung by her hair and at the same time burning her hands and arms with torches. The Saint suffered greatly, but had the will not to submit to the pain. Antoninus then prepared a large cauldron of oil and tar, boiled the mixture and then had Paraskevi immersed in it. Miraculously she stood in it as if she being refreshed rather than burned. Angered, Antoninus thought that she was using witchery to keep the contents cooled. Antoninus then approached the cauldron only to be blinded by the hot steam and searing emissions coming from the area. At this moment the mighty emperor asked for the intervention of St Paraskevi to heal him from this affliction to which she responded:

“Emperor, the Christian God is healing you from the blindness that was given to you as a punishment”.

Immediately, he regained his sight. Humbled by the miracle he freed the Saint, allowing her to continue her missionary activity and ended all persecutions against the Christians throughout the Roman Empire.

From this episode it is clear to the Christians that St Paraskevi has the intercessional ability to help people with visual ailments.

Astonished by the miracle, Antoninus released Paraskevi. He also ceased persecuting Christians throughout the Roman Empire.

This period was brief. After Antoninus’ death in 161, a plague broke out throughout the empire. Romans took it as a sign from their gods that that they were angered by the tolerance of Christianity. Under Antoninus’ successor, Marcus Aurelius (161-180), the laws dealing with “non-believers” were cahnged and the persecutions against the Christians resumed.

Despite these dangers, Paraskevi persevered in her missionary endeavors, spreading the Gospel wherever she traveled. By authority of emperor Aurelius the provincial eparchs Asclepius and Tarasios captured St Paraskevi. Having refused Asclepius’ demands to sacrifice to pagan gods, she was thrown into a snake pit. The Saint made the Sign of the Cross over the serpent and the serpent perished. Asclepius had heard of the Saint’s previous miracles, realized that a great and mighty power guarded Paraskevi and decided to set her free while Asclepius and his court were all converted.

Tarasios however was less tolerant. St Paraskevi was tied and beaten and afterwards imprisoned and a huge rock placed on her chest. She prayed to Christ to help her be strong. The next morning Paraskevi was taken willingly to the Temple of Apollo. Everyone praised Tarasios, thinking that he had succeeded in breaking St Paraskevi’s faith. However, upon entering the temple, the Saint raised her hand and made the sign of the cross. Suddenly, a loud noise was heard and all the idols in the temple were destroyed. The priests and idolaters dragged her from the altar, beat her, and pushed her out of the temple. The priests demanded that Tarasios kill Paraskevi. She was convicted and condemned to death by beheading.

It was customary to give the condemned their last wish. She asked to be left alone for a few moments so that she might pray for the last time. Afterwards, the roman soldiers returned and executed the Saint.

Many healing miracles occurred as a result of St Paraskevi’s divine intervention. It is said that that merely coming in contact with he dirt of her grave faithful, crippled could walk, demonized would return to health and that the infertile would bear children. Most importantly St Paraskevi healed the blindness of the roman emperor Antoninus Pius while she was in a heated cauldron. Her merciful disposition to her tormentor has made her an intercessor Saint for the healing of eye ailments.

Her remains were eventually taken to Constantinople, where they are venerated by the faithful to this very day.

Appropriate to your calling, O Champion Paraskevi, you worshipped with the readiness your name bears. For an abode you obtained faith, which is your namesake. Wherefore, you pour forth healing and intercede for our souls.

O most majestic One, we have discovered your temple to be a spiritual clinic wherein all the faithful resoundingly honor you, O famed and venerable martyr Paraskevi.

Tomb in Pounta, Greece

According to the tradition of the people of Epirus, Paraskevi was not martyred in Rome as mentioned in her traditional hagiography, but in Thesprotia where the Monastery of Saint Paraskevi of Pounta stands today. According to this tradition, strongly held by the locals, the headless body of the saint was entombed here and her tomb is still venerated today.

It is said that the persecutors of St. Paraskevi dragged her to the edge of the river Acheron to behead her. As the sword was raised over her head, she grabbed a stone pillar that she held so tightly that the print of her hands melted into it leaving an indelible mark. A church was eventually erected here by the faithful in her honor and housed her holy relics. Her skull was eventually placed in the walls of the church, though today it is kept in Moni Petraki in Athens.

According to the author and novelist Spyros Mouselimis, in his article “The Monastery of Pountas and the Feast of Saint Paraskevi” (Ηπειρωτική Εστία, 10, pp. 638-641, 1961), Pountas Monastery was known for its healing waters and numerous miracles. The pilgrims would cut off portions of the stone pillar of St. Paraskevi as a talisman, to the point that in 1960 the size of the stone was half its original size.

The property of the Monastery at one time was very great. According to Lambridis, at the end of the 19th century the annual revenue of the Monastery was 20,000 piastres, from which a boarding school was supported on its premises until 1913. After the population exchange of 1923 the Monastery was abandoned and did not operate again until 1975. Only the eastern side of the original Holy Altar area of the Katholikon survives today, while the rest of the church was restored in 1989 together with the inscription for the tomb of St. Paraskevi.

Today the Monastery operates as a female convent.

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A modern Saint in a brother – Saint Porphyrios of Athens, Greece (+1991)

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ATHENS OF MY HEART

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Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia (Mount Athos) & Athens, Greece (+1991)

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A modern Saint in a brother

Saint Porphyrios of Athens, Greece (+1991)

In the old days, during the feast of the Theophany, we used to sanctify homes. One year I also went to sanctify. I would knock on the doors of the apartments, they would open for me, and I walked in singing “In Jordan, You were baptized O Lord….”

As I went along  Maizonos Street in the center of Athens (Greece) I saw an iron door. I opened it, walked into the courtyard which was full of tangerine, orange and lemon trees, and proceeded to the stairs. It was an outdoor staircase that went up, and down was the basement. I climbed the stairs, knocked on the door, and a lady appeared. Since Continue reading “A modern Saint in a brother – Saint Porphyrios of Athens, Greece (+1991)”

エギナの聖ネクタリオス St Nektarios of Aigine ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Japanese

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エギナの聖ネクタリオス

エギナの聖ネクタリオス (+1920)

(St Nektarios of Aigine Island, Greeece)

エギナの聖ネクタリオス

エギナの聖ネクタリオス(ギリシア語: Άγιος Νεκτάριος Αιγίνης, 英語: Saint Nektarios of Egina、1846年 – 1920年)は、正教会の聖人。日本正教会で多用される教会スラヴ語由来の転写ではネクタリイ。

修道院の設立と指導、数多くの著述、信徒の精神的指導、および数々の奇蹟によって知られる。神学者、哲学者、詩人、教育者、禁欲主義者、神秘主義者などと称されるほどの多才な面があった。歌詞は公祈祷の祈祷文によるものではないが、全世界の正教会で愛唱される聖歌『アグニ・パルセネ』(ギリシア語: Αγνή Παρθένε)を作曲してもいる。

1846年10月1日、トラキアのシリヴリアの貧しい家庭に生まれた。生まれた際の俗名はアナスタシオス・ケファラス(ギリシア語: Αναστάσιος Κεφαλάς)。14歳のとき、働きつつ教育を受けるためにコンスタンディヌーポリに移住。1866年からはキオス島の学校で教えつつそこに7年間住み、30歳で修道士となる。3年後、輔祭となり、ネクタリオスの名を与えられる。1885年にアテネ大学を卒業。大学時代から、多くの聖書註解を含む多くの著述を行う。

アレクサンドリアで司祭に叙聖され、カイロの教会に奉職。これは名誉ある職分であった。1889年に敬神の念と説教者としての実力、牧会能力が評価され、総主教ソフロニオスによりペンタポリス府主教に叙聖される。すぐにネクタリオスの人望が高まるが、その声望を妬んだ聖職者達によって噂が立てられ、噂を信じてネクタリオスの弁明を聞かなかった総主教ソフロニオスにより、弁解の機会も与えられず教会裁判の手続きも経ず、エジプトから追放される。1891年にギリシャに戻り、何年かを説教者として過ごす。

1894年にアテネ・リザリオス教会学校の校長を任ぜられ、15年間在職しこの間多くの著作をのこす。1904年には何人かの修道女の求めに応じ、エギナ島に至聖三者女子修道院を設立する。1908年12月に神学校校長の職を辞し、エギナ島の至聖三者女子修道院に一修道士として隠棲する。ここでも著述を行い、精神的指導を求めて来る近隣の人々の痛悔を聞いた。
1920年11月9日、永眠。永眠後の遺体の傍らで、重病人が快癒する奇蹟が起きたと伝えられている。埋葬式には多くの人がギリシャ・エジプト全土から訪れた。1961年4月20日に列聖。生前からネクタリオスを聖人とみる人々が多かったが、正式な列聖はこの日に行われた。

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