St Porfyrios of Kafsokalivia, Athens & Oropos!
On Tuesday,27, 2013, the Sacred and Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided the formal inclusion in the List of Saints of the Orthodox Church of elder Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia and of venerable Meletios of Lardos.
Feast Day of Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia: December 2nd.
Feast Day of Saint Meletios of Lardos, Rodos Island: February 12th.
St Porfyrios of Kafsokalivia, Athens & Oropos (+2/12/1991)
Elder Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia today became officially a Saint of the Eastern Orthodox Church!
I am so happy and touched! He was always in my heart and I have prayed to him a lot of times and he has helped me so much…! Please, Saint Porphyrios, pray for us all! Glory to God!!!!
St Porfyrios of Kafsokalivia, Athens & Oropos
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Sayings of St. Porfyrios of Kafsokalivia
Enrolled into Calendar of Saints of the Orthodox Church 27th November 2013
Elder Porphyrios Bairaktaris (1906-1991) was an Athonite hieromonk known for his gifts of spiritual discernment–i.e. a type of clairvoyance which he sometimes called “spiritual television.”
A native of Evia province, the future Elder Porphyrios (his birth name had been Evangelos, while his monastic name was Nikitas) became a monk at the age of fourteen or fifteen. He served in the Athonite skete of Kafsokalyvia), in the Cell of St. George, under two spiritual fathers: Fr. Panteimon and Fr. Ionnakios. Forced by pleurisy to depart the Holy Mountain, he returned to his birthplace, where he was unexpectedly elevated to the priesthood at the age of 21 by Porphyrios III, Archbishop of Mount Sinai and Raithu. With the outbreak of World War II he became a hospital chaplain in Athens, in which post he continued for three decades (1940-1970). His later years were devoted to the construction of the Holy Convent of the Transfiguration of the Savior. After 1984 he returned to Mount Athos, occupying the same cell which he had earlier in life been forced to abandon.
Through his role as spiritual father, Elder Porphyrios became known to an ever-wider circle of Orthodox followers. Several compilations of stories and sayings attributed to him have been published.
This is the way we should see Christ. He is our friend, our brother; He is whatever is good and beautiful. He is everything. Yet, He is still a friend and He shouts it out, “You’re my friends, don’t you understand that? We’re brothers. I’m not…I don’t hold hell in my hands. I am not threatening you. I love you. I want you to enjoy life together with me.”
Love Christ and put nothing before His Love. He is joy, He is life, He is light. Christ is Everything. He is the ultimate desire,He is everything. Everything beautiful is in Christ.
Somebody who is Christ’s must love Christ, and when he loves Christ he is delivered from the Devil, from hell and from death.