Saint Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite of Milesi , Oropos
Commemorated on 2 December
Holy Elders Who Reposed on December 2nd.
Elder Ambrose Lazaris of Dadiou Monastery († 2006)
Elder Cleopas Ilie of Sihastria Monastery. († 1998)
Elder Elpidios of Nea (New) Skete, Holy Mount Athos twin brother of the Holy Martyr Filoumenos († 1983)
Elder Anastasios Koudoumas Crete († 2013)
Elder Luke “the Guestmaster” of Valaam (Schema-abbot Luke), (1965)
“When the Holy spirit will come, it will teach you all things” (John 14:26).
Our aim must be to become holy and God may then grant us additional powers. Grace does not come to those who are ego-centered. It comes only to those who are humble, selfless, and love God above all else.
Christ is joy, the true light, happiness. Christ is our hope. Our relation to Christ is love, eros, passion, enthusiasm, longing for the divine. Christ is everything. He is our love. He is the object of our desire. This passionate longing for Christ is a love that cannot be taken away. This is where joy flows from. When you find Christ, you are satisfied, you desire nothing else, you find peace. You become a different person… Christ is in all your thoughts, in all your actions. You have grace and you can endure everything for Christ.
Man has such powers that he can transmit good or evil to his environment. These matters are very delicate. Great care is needed. We need to see everything in a positive frame of mind. We mustn’t think anything evil about others. Even a simple glance or a sigh influences those around us. And even the slightest anger or indignation does harm. We need to have goodness and love in our soul and to transmit these things. We need to be careful not to harbour any resentment against those who harm us, but rather to pray for them with love. Whatever any of our fellow men does, we should never think evil of him. We need always to have thoughts of love and always to think good of others.
The most important weapon to use against the devil is the Holy Cross, of which he is terrified. … communication with the Christ, when it takes place simply and naturally without force, makes the devil flee.
This is our method. We will raise our ams to Christ and He will give us grace.
What we are doing is showing contempt for evil.
If evil comes to assault you, turn all you inner strength to good, to Christ. Pray, “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.”
But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:27-31
Love Him simply and humbly, without any demand, and He Himself will free you.
In our prayer we should ask only for the salvation of our soul…. The secret is to ask for your union with Christ with utter selflessness, without saying “give me this” or “give me that.”… We should ask for the will of God to be done.
The enemy is our egoism.
We must become filled, replete with the Holy Spirit. This is where the essence of spiritual life lies. This is an art––the art of arts. Let us open our arms and throw ourselves into Christ’s embrace.
There is one thing we must do, and that is turn to Him and love Him with our soul. Love for Christ: this is the best and sole remedy for the passions.
Those who desire and crave to belong to Christ and who abandon themselves tot he will of God become worthy.
This is the greatest spiritual challenge to give up our will and submit it to God’s will. It is a necessity to be able to keep all of His commandments. This is the sign of our love of God.
From Wounded by Love: The Life and Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios trans. by John Raffan (Limni, Evia, GRE: Denise Harvey, Publisher, 2005),
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.