Born on July 25, 1924, in the town of Farasa, Cappadocia in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey), he was christened Arsenios. The family soon relocated to Greece due to the population exchanges between Greece and Turkey. From his early years, Arsenios displayed a unique inclination toward spirituality and prayer.
At the age of 14, he began work to support his family. However, feeling the divine call, he decided to embrace monastic life and entered the Monastery of Esphigmenou on Mount Athos in 1948. Here, he was tonsured a monk and received the name Averkios. Later, he moved to the Philotheou Monastery, where he was re-christened Paisios.
Elder Paisios led an ascetic life characterized by prayer, fasting, and night vigils. Yet, despite his strict routine, he was always available to lend an ear to those in need, gaining a reputation as a wise spiritual father.
He later lived in various hermitages on Mount Athos, including at Stavronikita and Panagouda. People from various walks of life, whether laymen, clergymen, or fellow monks, flocked to him for advice, spiritual guidance, and healing. His words, often simple, struck deep, resonating with the spiritual and daily struggles of those who sought him.
Elder Paisios had the gift of discernment and often provided counsel that was both timely and timeless. He emphasized the importance of humility, love, and inner stillness. He was also known to have the gift of foresight, predicting various events and providing solutions to problems before they were even voiced.
His teachings have been compiled into several volumes by those who met him, ensuring that his spiritual insights remain accessible to future generations.
On July 12, 1994, Elder Paisios reposed in the Lord, leaving behind a profound spiritual legacy. Recognizing his widespread veneration and the miracles attributed to his intercessions, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate canonized him on January 13, 2015. He is commemorated every year on July 12.
The life and teachings of Saint Paisios of Mount Athos serve as a beacon for contemporary Orthodox Christians. His words, filled with divine wisdom, continue to guide and inspire believers in their spiritual journeys.
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Saint Paisios of Mount Athos (†1994) is perhaps the greatest and most revered Elder of the Orthodox Church of our time. Even though he lived the monastic life in obscurity on the Holy Mountain of Athos in northern Greece, he became a shining light for thousands of faithful who flocked to see him. His life, miracles, and teachings continue to touch the hearts of people throughout the world to this day. Unquestionably, this present biography (written by his spiritual disciple Elder Isaac), which is the most authoritative account of his life, will inspire readers forevermore. Hard cover, 752 pages with numerous photos and icons. Second Edition. Published by The Holy Monastery of Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian.
St. Paisios the New (1924-1994) was one of the most loved and revered Greek Orthodox Elders of our times. Living as a monk in the ancient monastic republic of Mount Athos, Greece, he lived in the Kingdom of God even while on earth, and received many heavenly visitations. Because he lived in obscurity, giving himself over entirely to God, God gave him to the whole world. During the last fifteen years of his life, he spent his nights in prayer and his entire days guiding, consoling, healing, and giving spiritual rest to countless people who took shelter in him. The wise spiritual counsels of the Elder have been collected into six volumes.