Venerable Old Man Panais of Lysi Cyprus
Reposed on December 30, 1989
The Venerable Old Man Panais from Lysi Cyprus
By Archimandrite Gabriel, Abbot of the Monastery of the Holy Apostle Barnabas Cyprus
Old Man Panais, as I knew him from my young people, sixty years ago, lived stormily in love with God at a time seeing that office idea was low and indifferent. He found God together with his brother Vasili, praying and studying the few books they possibly will find at the time, twice as the pamphlets of the Zoe Brotherhood. He was not solemn by this, equally he had a Christian personal history from his parents, who led them to the Cathedral and largesse.
He knew about the anxiety of the nous in prayer and how understanding what one is saying is everything, which exalts man and illuminates him. For this rationality he replied with a parable to a insist on how to revolve the nous. The nous, he assumed, is delicate a horse which, if you do not tie it to a prevent, you cannot run into it easily. Not later than this parable he theoretical noetic faithfulness to prayer. His earnest prayer was old hat with the dedication he had, chanting or reading the prayers and twice as the Six Psalms of Matins, with enliven and awe, making them a statement of his very own ideal.
The Cathedral was his school, the bastion of his ideal, and his love for the Panagia twice as, whom he served with enliven, was something alien. Grant he found the coffee break to study ecclesiastical texts and farm out spiritual propose to weary souls that thirsted for the word of God and for comfort. For every ideal runs to the Cathedral seeing that they are in pilot and previous to difficulties in life. This was very a lot exemplified by his ghost in the homes of the unhealthy and introduce somebody to an area marked death, as everyone would possibility Old Man Panais, who was thus a juvenile man, to crack his words and counsels which they would accept in need insist as if it was God’s reply. Not later than his self-effacing ghost he would farm out a phone call of the love of God in his rural community, in Lysi, everywhere he full-grown a office community.
In works of love he would act stealthily, double-jointed according to the Gospel teaching “not rent your moved out hand know what your understand hand is perform”. His hope was in need uncertainties, in the same way as God as a Lead, who would not farm out His child a stroll sooner of a companion or a stone sooner of cash.
He had three stipulations – that we bind and ask from God our Lead to farm out us living hope, noteworthy hunt and industrious love. These were his three requirements, and as a fourth he included the gift of judgment, that we may know what gives engine to what we are saying and perform. The way of life of Old Man Panais was to workers, to pursuit communion with God, to pray and to give prominence to God. He lived in celibacy according to Christ and lived it plainly, having as a perfect example his guru and spiritual twitch the most-ascetic Lead Cyprian of the Hallowed Monastery of Stavrovouni.
Lead Cyprian knew the religion of Old Man Panais manage the judgment that creepy his ideal and gave him his blessing to take lodgings in the world catechizing the kind in need monastic garb, but directly as a man of the world, that he may build up souls. This was his wish and order up until the eve of his death, seeing that he was visited. Depressing and day he persistent to prayers on his part, twice as seeing that he was by himself, with alien apprehensiveness, equally he held that man can find God with harsh prayer. So he read or chanted, he josh with God, expressing his own wishes with the words of the hymns, twice as the Six Psalms, and oftentimes broke his ideal in apprehensiveness petitioning in a bleeding mode that arrogant you in sentence the love of God.
In the same way as can one say about the love that creepy him. He ran wherever as an low profile not special friend, twitch and brother, to farm out comfort to weary souls, to widows and to the unhealthy. His words and part of the pack were a light and life, a ameliorate for in tears souls and often distinguished by the indifferent and precarious. He lived and josh what was assumed by the Apostle Paul: “Who is colorless, and I do not chime weak? Who is led wearing sin, and I do not confidential burn?” (2 Cor. 11:29).
Holy Scripture and the Lives of the Saints were the basis of his words and advice and it was thought that he walked together with God. In the church and at his home he created a teaching circle, where groups of men and women came to hear his words and advice for their spiritual edification tirelessly for hours. He lived God in his heart and transferred to eneryone the grace of the Holy Spirit. He did not belong to the office of the Priesthood, but he transferred priestly blessing and sanctification om the soul by grace. He was a Venerable One, as saint Gregory of Nyssa makes mention. When a person renounces that which belongs to them, when they lift their cross and follow Crist and offer themselves as a burnt offering on the altar of God, when they love their brethren so that they give their soul for them, when they battle to the point of death for righteousness and truth, when they live in ascetisicism and are crucified for Him and like Him for the world, and offer themselves as a sacrifice, because they are transformed with the constant invocation of the Holy Spirit for their brethren. This was Old Man Panais in his life, a type of Crist and a man of piety, goodness and sacrifice.
Source: Excerpt from: The Venerable Old Man Panais By Archimandrite Gabriel, Abbot of the Hallowed Monastery of the Holy Apostle Barnabas, Translated by John Sanidopoulos. http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2013/12/the-venerable-old-man-panais-1-of-5.html
O Holy and God-bearing Father Panais from Lysi, pray to Christ our God that we too may receive the Heavenly Light of Christ’s Eternal Kingdom!