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St John the Silent (the Hesychast) disciple of Saint Sabbas the Sanctified, former bishop of Colonia, Will I be saved? This question should torment every one of us..

Γέννηση του Ιησού Χριστού_ Рождество Христово_ Nativity of Christ-icond0eda522d733Prophet Sophonias (635 B.C.).
St. John the Hesychast, disciple of Saint Sabbas the Sanctified, former bishop of Colonia (454-558),
George of Cernica Romania (1806)
New Martyr Angelis of Chios, formerly a doctor of Argos  (1813)

Commemorated December 3

St John the Silent (the Hesychast)
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

God hears the prayers of the righteous and fulfills them, sometimes immediately and completely, and at other times only later, at the appropriate time and according to the needs of the Church. In other words, in fulfilling the prayers of the righteous man, God has in mind either the man’s salvation or the good of the whole Church. St. John the Silent prayed to God to reveal to him how the soul separates from the body at death. While still at prayer, he was taken outside himself and had the following vision: A good man died in front of a church in Bethlehem, and angels took his soul from his body and carried it to heaven with sweet singing. Coming to himself out of his ecstasy, John immediately set out on the road from the Monastery of St. Sava the Sanctified to Bethlehem. When he reached Bethlehem, he saw the dead body of the man exactly as he had seen it in his vision.

When the great St. Sava the Sanctified died, John grieved and wept. Sava appeared to him in a vision and said: “Do not grieve, Father John, for even though I am separated from you in the body, nevertheless I am with you in the spirit.” Then John begged him: “Father, pray to the Lord to take me with you.” To this Sava replied: “For now, this cannot be. A great trial has yet to befall the Lavra, and God wants you to remain in the body to comfort and strengthen the faithful against the heretics.” At first, John did not know what kind of heretics the holy father had spoken of, but he found out later, when the heresy of Origen began to shake the Church of God.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
http://prologue.orthodox.cn/December3.htmΙωάννης ο Ησυχαστής επίσκοπος Κολωνίας_ St. John. The Hesychast, Bishop of Colonia_ Иоанн Молчальник Епископа Колонии _image

The beginning of wisdom is to fear the Lord (Proverbs 9:10)

About the fear of God
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

“Conduct yourselves with fear in the time of your sojourning” (1 Peter 1:17).

These are the words of the great Apostle Peter, words that have a dual foundation: heavenly inspiration and personal experience. By divine inspiration, Peter, a simple fisherman, became a teacher of the people, a pillar of the Faith and a powerful miracle-worker. According to his own experience he learned that all of his wisdom and power was of God and, because of that, one should possess the fear of God. No other fear, except the fear of God.

The foolish one becomes frightened only when lightning flashes and thunder cracks but the wise man fears God every day and every hour. The Creator of lightning and thunder is more awesome than both of them and He does not appear before you, from time to time, as lightning and thunder rather He is continually before you and does not move away from you. That is why it is not enough, from time to time, to have fear of God, but one must breathe in the fear of God. The fear of God is the ozone in the suffocating atmosphere of our soul. This ozone brings purity, easiness, sweet fragrance and health. Until he had become strengthened in the fear of God, Peter was only Peter and not an apostle, hero, teacher of the people and miracle-worker.

O my brethren, let us not rejoice before the harvest. This, our life, is not a harvest but rather, it is a sowing, labor, sweat and fear. The plower lives in fear until he has gathered the fruits from the field. Let us also delay our rejoicing for the day of harvest, for now is the time for labor and fear. Will I be saved? This question should torment every one of us, in the same way that the plower is tormented by the question: “Will I reap the fruit of my labor in the field?” The plower labors and fears everyday. Let us also labor and fear “all the time of our sojourning” on earth.

O awesome and powerful Lord, sustain us in Your fear.

To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič 

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil? (Job 1:1).

“With the fear of God, faith and love, draw near” (in the Divine Liturgy)

St John the Silent (the Hesychast), disciple of Saint Sabbas the Sanctified.

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee… St John the Silent bishop of Colonia of St Sabbas Monastery

Apolytikion St John the Silent of St Sabbas Monastery, in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

You are a guide of Orthodoxy, a teacher of piety and modesty, a luminary of the world, the God inspired pride of monastics. O wise John, you have enlightened everyone by your teachings. You are the harp of the Spirit. Intercede to Christ our God for the salvation of our souls.

Troparion Saint Sabbas the Sanctified — Tone 8

With the streams of your tears you cultivated the barrenness of the desert; and by your deep sighs, you bore fruit a hundredfold in your labors. You became a luminary, shining upon the world with miracles. O our righteous Father Sava, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved!

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