Saint Porphyrios (Bairaktaris) the Kafsokalivia-December 2

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My beloved spiritual children in Christ Our Only True God and Our Only True Savior,
CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE.

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ON DECEMBER 2ND OUR HOLY ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHURCH COMMEMORATES THE FEAST OF SAINT PORPHYRIOS (BAIRAKTARIS) OF KAFSOKALIVIA

Saint Porphyrios (Bairaktaris) the Kafsokalyvite (7 February 1906 - 2 December 1991) was an Athonite hieromonk known for his gifts of spiritual discernment, a type of clairvoyance which he sometimes called "spiritual television."

He was born February 7 in the little village of Saint John Karystia, in the province of Evia, Greece. His parents, Leonidas and Eleni Bairaktaris (daughter of Antonios Lambrou), baptized him Evangelos. He was fourth out of five siblings. Only his youngest sister is still alive and is a nun.

His family was quite poor and so Evangelos left school at an early age to assist his family to make more money. At some stage, he found a job working at a grocery store in Chalkidiki and also Piraeus. He was taught to pray the Paraklesis by his father and all other religious matters.

He was tonsured a monk at the age of fourteen or fifteen with the monastic name Nikitas. He served in the Athonite skete of Kafsokalyvia, in the Cell (kellion) of Saint George, under two spiritual fathers: Father Panteleimon and Father Ionnakios. Forced by pleurisy to depart the Holy Mountain, he returned to his birthplace, where he was unexpectedly elevated to the priesthood at the age of 21 by Porphyrios III, Archbishop of Mount Sinai and Raithu.

With the outbreak of World War II, he became a hospital chaplain in Athens, in which post he continued for three decades (1940-1970). His later years were devoted to the construction of the Holy Women's Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Savior.

After 1984 he returned to Mount Athos, occupying the same cell which he had earlier in life been forced to abandon. Through his role as a spiritual father, Elder (Geronda) Porphyrios became known to an ever-wider circle of Orthodox followers. Several complications of stories and sayings attributed to him have been published.

His sainthood was declared by the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on November 27, 2013. In 2017 the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church formally approved the inclusion of Saint Porphyrios the Kavsokalyvite into the Church's calendar on December 2 as well, including his troparion, kontakion, Synaxarion, and icon.

QUOTES

  • This is the way we should see Christ. He is our friend, our brother; He is whatever is good and beautiful. He is everything. Yet, He is still a friend and He shouts it out, "You are my friends, don't you understand that? We're brothers. I am not...I don't hold hell in my hands. I am not threatening you. I love you. I want you to enjoy life together with Me."

  • Love Christ and put nothing before His Love. He is joy, He is life, He is Light. Christ is Everything. He is the ultimate desires, He is everything. Everything beautiful is in Christ.

  • Somebody who is Christ's must love Christ, and when he loves Christ he is delivered from the Devil, from hell, and from death.

  • The life of the parents is the only thing that makes good children. Parents should be very patient and 'saintlike' to their children. They should truly love their children. And the children will share this love! For the bad attitude of the children, says father Porphyrios, the ones who are usually responsible for it are their parents themselves. The parents don't help their children by lecturing them and repeating to them 'advice', or by making them obeying strict rules in order to impose discipline. If the parents do not become 'saints' and truly love their children and if they don't struggle for it, then they make a huge mistake. With their wrong and/or negative attitude the parents convey to their children their negative feelings. Then their children become reactive and insecure not only to their home but to the society as well." (References: Wikipedia)

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"Glory Be To GOD For All Things!" -- Saint John Chrysostomos

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With sincere agape in His Holy Diakonia (Ministry),
The sinner and unworthy servant of God

+Father George