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Saint Paisius Velichkovsky

About Saint Paisius Velichkovsky

Saint Paisius Velichkovsky, also known as Paisij Velychkovsky, was an Eastern Orthodox monk and theologian who revitalized the practice of hesychasm, a method of prayer, and monastic life in general in the late 18th century.

Feast Day

November 15

Birth Place

Poltava, Ukraine


December 20, 1722


November 15, 1794
Saint Paisius Velichkovsky

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Early Life and Education


Early Life and Education

Born on December 21, 1722, in Poltava, Ukraine, Peter Velichkovsky showed early signs of deep spirituality and piety. At 19, he entered the monastic life, taking the name Platon. It was at Mount Athos, Greece, where he adopted the name Paisius and began his intense study and practice of hesychasm.


Ecclesiastical Career

Paisius was known for his ascetic lifestyle and devoted prayer life. His experiences led him to advocate for the return to traditional monastic practices, including hesychasm, a form of constant, inner prayer. He translated numerous patristic texts into Slavonic, making them more accessible to the monastic community and laity.

Paisius' influence extended across several monasteries, including the Dragomirna Monastery and Neamț Monastery in Moldavia. His efforts sparked a significant revival in monasticism that extended far beyond his lifetime.

Ecclesiastical Career

Later Life and Canonization


Later Life and Canonization

Among his significant contributions, Paisius is most renowned for translating and compiling the "Philokalia," a collection of texts written by spiritual masters of the Eastern Orthodox hesychast tradition from the 4th to the 15th centuries.

Saint Paisius Velichkovsky passed away on November 15, 1794. In recognition of his significant contributions, he was canonized a saint in the Orthodox Church. His feast day is celebrated on November 15.



Through his work, Saint Paisius Velichkovsky played a pivotal role in reviving hesychastic spirituality and monasticism within the Orthodox Church. His impact continues to be felt in Orthodox monastic communities today.

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Where are the relics of Saint Paisius Velichkovsky

The relics of Saint Paisius Velichkovsky are currently enshrined in the Church of Saint George at the Neamț Monastery in Romania. For many believers and pilgrims, visiting the Neamț Monastery to venerate his relics is a profound spiritual experience, as Saint Paisius is highly regarded for his contributions to Orthodox monasticism and spiritual writings.

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