July 12 marked the 20th Anniversary of the falling asleep of Elder Paisos.
On Saturday, July 12, 120,000 pilgrims visited the grave of Elder Paisios on 20th anniversary of his passing. 'Arsenios' was born in Cappadocia in 1924 and he and his family were among those expelled from Turkey during the 'exchange' of populations. His desire for prayer and a closer walk with God accompanied him as he served as a radioman in the military until 1950. He went to Mt. Athos and was tonsured 'Paisos' in 1956. After a short time in the Middle East, he returned to Greece served at various monasteries for the rest of his life. His close association wit the Sisterhood of St. John the Baptist in Souroti has resulted in the widespread dissemination of this teachings in numerous books.
"The soul must be constantly ready and alert and always in contact with the spiritual headquarters, that is, God. Only then it will feel secure, full of hope and joy. When I was in the army, during the war, I was a radio operator. I noticed that we felt secure only when we communicated with the Army Division on an hourly basis. When our communication was limited to every two hours, we felt a little bit insecure; sometimes, when we could only be in touch with them twice a day, we felt uncomfortable, lonely and lost. The same thing applies to our prayer. The more we pray, the more secure we feel, on a spiritual basis, of course." (Source: Mystagogy)
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