GORAZD JOSEF VOPATRNÝ
HUSITSKÁ TEOLOGICKÁ FAKULTA UNIVERZITY KARLOVY
HUSSITE THEOLOGICAL FACULTY OF CHARLES UNIVERSITY
THE HOLY ELDER PAISIOS THE ATHONITE: AN IMPORTANT CONTEMPORARY REPRESENTATIVE OF
Abstract: In the 20th century there flourished the holy elder Paisios on Holy Mount Athos. He was
born in Farasa in Cappadocia in Asia Minor in the territory of present day Turkey. Early he left Farasa
with his parents for Greece. He lived on Holy Mount Athos where he became a monk. Already at
the age of 15 he reached theosis. Gradualy he became a holy elder with many spiritual gifts and
a genuine spiritual Father for many people both clergy and laity. He reposed on the Feast of
St.´s Peter and Paul according to the old calendar. Paisios was canonized by the Patriarchate of
Constantinople on the 13th of January 2015.
Keywords: Elder Paisios; Holy Mount Athos; Hesychasm; Eldership; spiritual guidance
THEOLOGICAL REVIEW, Vol. 93, 2022, No. 1, Number of Article 7, p. 93 – 100.