Synaxis of the Church of Panagia Eleftherotria (“Our Lady of Deliverance”) of Salamis Island
Icon of the Mother of God of Yaroslav-Smolensk
Icon of the Mother of God of Kaluga
Icon of the Mother of God “Jerusalem”
Translation of the Filersk-Philermos Icon of the Mother of God
St. Cosmas the Hymnographer, Bishop of Maiuma
New Martyr John, Archbishop of Riga and Latvia
St. Euphrosyne (Mezenova) the Faster, schema-abbess of Siberia (1918)
Commemorated on October 12
Saint Porphyrios (Bairaktaris) the Kapsokalyvite (1901-1991) – Prophet of our time
The testimony of P.P.
“Elder [Porphyrios], what answer do you give to those who ask about the gifts which God gave you and seek some kind of explanation? Because others ask us and put forward the well-known proverb, “after Christ nobody is prophet.”
Instead of giving a straight answer, Elder Porphyrios directed the questioner to the seventh chapter of the Old Testament book, Wisdom of Solomon* , to the twenty-seventh verse, which says the following about the grace and energy of the Holy Spirit, “…in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God and prophets.” In fact, verses 15-27 are especially enlightening on this interesting subject of the Holy Spirit acting through certain grace-filled people. The verses say the following:
“May God grant me to speak with judgment and have thoughts worthy of what I have received, for he is the guide even of wisdom and the corrector of the wise. For both e and our words are in his hands, as are all understanding and skill in crafts. For it is He who gave me unerring knowledge of what exists, to know the structure of the world and the activity of the elements; the beginning, the end and the middle of times, the alternations of the solstices and the changes of the seasons, the cycles of the year and the constellations of the stars, the nature of animals and the tempers of wild beasts, the power of spirits and the reasoning of men, the varieties of plants and the virtues of roots; I learned both what is secret and what is manifest, for wisdom the fashioner of all things taught me.”
‘There is in her a spirit that is intelligent holy, unique, manifold, subtle, agile, clear, immaculate, distinct, invulnerable, devoted to goodness, keen, irrisistable, beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure, carefree, all-powerful overseeing all and passing through spirits that are altogether intelligent, pure, and subtle. For wisdom is more mobile than any motion, she pervades and passes through all things by her pureness. For she is a breath of the power of God, a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her. For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God and an image of his goodness. Although she is one she can do all things, and whilst remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of [God’s] and prophets.”
ELDER PORPHYRIOS, Testimonies and Experiences, By Klitos Ioannides, Translated from the 5th Greek (revised) Edition, Published by the Holy Convent of the Transfiguration of the Saviour – Athens 1997
Kontakion St. Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone.
The most-holy temple of the Comforter,
And the beloved of the All-Pure Theotokos,
Let us praise Porphyrios from our heart,
For he loves and heals all, and protects,
And intercedes, that we be granted theosis.
Therefore, we cry out:
Hail, O Father Porphyrios.