On 27 November 2013, St. Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite was canonized by the Orthodox Church
On 27 November 2017, St. Iakovos (Jacob) Tsalikis of Evia was canonized by the Orthodox Church
God is wondrous among His Saints!
Saint Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite of Milesi , Oropos
Commemorated on 2 December
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.
Whoever experiences Christ within himself, experiences ineffable things––holy and sacred things. He lives in exultation.
Whoever lives in Christ, becomes one with Him, with His Church. He lives something crazy! This life is different to human life. It’s joy, light, gladness, an uplift. This is the Church’s life, the Gospel’s life, God’s Kingdom. “The Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). Christ comes in us and we are in Him. And just like a piece of iron placed in fire becomes fire and light; outside the fire, again it turns to dark iron, darkness.
Often, neither toil, nor repentance, nor the sign of the cross attract grace. There are secrets. The most important one is to avoid forms and go to the substance. Everything that happens must happen with love.
Love for Christ is unlike anything else. It doesn’t end, you can’t have enough of. It transmits life, gives strength, grants health, it keeps giving…and the more it gives, the more one wishes to fall in love. Whilst human love may wear one out, drive him crazy. When we love Christ, all other loves recede. Other loves have a saturation point…Love for Christ doesn’t have one. Carnal love has a saturation point. Jealousy, complaining or even murder may follow. It may convert to hate. Love in Christ does not deteriorate. Worldly love can be maintained for a little while and then it slowly fades, whereas divine love keeps growing and deepening. Any other love may bring a person to despair. Yet divine love, raises us to God’s domain, gives us serenity, joy, completion. Other pleasures tire while this one you can’t have enough of. It’s an insatiable pleasure, that no one ever gets tired of. It’s the utmost of goods.
Let nobody see you, nobody understand your gestures of devotion towards the divine. Do everything in private, in secrecy, like the ascetics. Remember what I told you about the nightingale? It chirps in the woods. In silence. As if someone is listening, praising? What beautiful chirping in the wilderness! Have you seen the way their larynx puffs up? That’s what happens to him who falls in love with Christ. If they love, “their throat puffs up, they are taken up, their tongue can’t stop”. They go into a cave, a dale and live God in secret, “silent sighing”.
Scorn passions, do not preoccupy yourselves with the devil. Turn to Christ.
You don’t become holy hunting down evil. Forget about evil. Look towards Christ and He will save you. Instead of standing outside the door to drive away the enemy, ignore him… Plead: “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me”. He knows how to have mercy on you, in what way. And when you are filled with good, you won’t turn to evil anymore. You will become good by yourself, with God’s grace. How can evil find any ground anymore? It disappears!
We need to ask that God’s will is done; this is the most beneficial, the safest for us and for those we pray for. Christ will grant us everything abundantly. When there is even just a little egoism, nothing happens.
When God won’t give us what we persistently ask for, He has His reason. God has His secrets too.
A person of Christ makes prayer out of everything. He turns difficulty and sorrow into a prayer. Whatever happens to him, he immediately says: “Lord Jesus Christ…”. Prayer benefits in all, even the simplest things.
The love of God transforms everything; it sanctifies, amends and changes the nature of everything.
Apolytikion St. Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite – Mode 1
“The son of Evia (Euboea), the Elder of All Greeks, *
the initiate of Divine Vision and True friend of Christ. *
Porphyrios, O faithful, let us praise *
who from childhood was filled with divine gifts *
the demonized are redeemed and the sick are healed who cry out
“Glory to Him who gave His might to you! *
Glory to Him who made you Holy! *
Glory to Him, who, through you, effects cures for all.”
Apolytikion to St. Iakovos Tsalikis of Evia
Plagal of the First Tone.
(written by Charalampos Bousias)
The prototype of discernment and modesty, the wonderworking leader of the Monastery of David the venerable, who plowed and sowed love in the hardened hearts of the God-bearing people, O Father Iakovos. Do not neglect to intercede with Christ on behalf of those who call upon you in faith.