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Paraklesis to the Mother of God Pantanassa, the Healer of cancer

August 13th, 2011 No Comments

The holy and miracle-working icon of the Virgin Mary was brought to the Vatopedi monastery by the blessed elder Joseph from Nea Skete. The Monastery of Vatopedi is one of twenty monasteries on the Mount Athos peninsula (Greece) and is located on the northeastern side of the peninsula. It operates as a coenobitic monastery(a communal monastic community). As of 1999, it is inhabited by 80 monks and is second in hierarchical rank among the monasteries of the mountain.

The first record of the icon’s miraculous powers is from the witness of Elder Joseph. One day a young man from Cyprus went to visit and entered into the church. At that point, the elder witnessed a glowing light radiating from the face of the Theotokos and an invisible power pushed the young man down to the ground. When the young man had recovered from his fall, he began to repent and weep and confessed that he did not believe and was a participant in the black arts. He changed his life and became an Orthodox Christian.

This icon is also known for working many miracles, especially healing people with cancer. There are many recent records of people who have been healed from cancer after participating in the Supplicatory Canon to the Pantanassa at the monastery.

Text from http://russian-crafts.com/russian-saints-icons/pantanassa.html

The following text was translated and set to meter by Fr. Vasile Tudora. Some of the text (especially the heirmoi of each ode) is  based on the translation of the Small Paraklesis to the Most Holy Theotokos from http://goarch.org/chapel/liturgical_texts/paraklesis. This has been done to ensure consistency with the current chanting practice in the Greek Orthodox Churches in America.

Pantanassa Paraklesis Booklet for parish usage

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Athos reflections -a pilgrim’s photographic journal

March 23rd, 2011 No Comments

I just decided to publish my photos from the pilgrimage to Mount Athos I took last October. Take a look at it. If you like it you can have your own copy by following the link.

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The spirituality of Mount Athos – From Gregory Palamas through the Kollyvades until today

November 19th, 2010 No Comments

The theme of our discussion last Wednesday was the hesychast spirituality of Mount Athos. Please find bellow a number of links pertaining to the subject.

Gregory Palamas

A short exposition of the Palamite controversy by Clark Carlton

St. Gregory Palamas and the tradition of the Fathers by George Florovsky

Kollyvades

A short overview at John Sanidopoulos’ blog

A comprehensive document on the Kollyvades and Frequent Communion

An essay of Bishop Kallistos on the Kollyvades and Philokalia

Mount Athos today

An explanation of the neptic and hesychastic character of the monasticism on Mt. Athos by By Archimandrite Georgios, Abbott of… Continue reading

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