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Saint Païssy (Velichkovsky), the holy Elder of Moldavia. Life, Doctrine of Mental Prayer

Saint Païssy (Velichkovsky), the holy Elder of Moldavia. Life, Doctrine of Mental Prayer

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Author: Irina Veris

Form: Paperback

Pages: 160

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The narrow monastic path of St. Païssy of Moldavia (Velichkovski) (1722 - 1794), a native of Ukraine, was for the 18th century a spiritual achievement with the same degree of influence as the ascetic practices of Saint Sergius of Radonezh in the 14th century. Being inspired by the works of the holy Fathers, they, by God's mercy, accumulated the most elevated personal spiritual experiences and transmitted them to hundreds of disciples. In this way the great saints have changed the spiritual climate of their epochs, filling it with the warmth and fire of the Holy Spirit.

Archpriest Sergius Chetverikov wrote about St. Païssy: 'Even if the entire work of Elder Païssy consisted in just being an example of sanctity, creating a monastic communal brotherhood according to the rules of the holy Fathers and correcting the translations of the works of the holy Fathers, it still would be a great contribution to the Church, monasticism and society. However, Elder Païssy has accomplished much more than that: he created a school of spiritual life, he kindled the hearts of many with love for the spiritual life and he inspired the monks to pursue the inner, monastic, spiritual work. Owing to his influence there have been amongst the Orthodox monks many remarkable ascetics, who fully assimilated the admonitions and the instruction of Elder Païssy. The followers of Elder Païssy had much influence not only on their fellow-monks, but also on laymen from all the layers of society, including those highly educated in the cultural, scientific and theological areas. Having started in the second half of the 18th century, this particular spiritual tendency continued its development until the tragic events of the October revolution in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century.'

The present work is based on several biographies of Elder Païssy, including his autobiography. 

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