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Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Patriarch Bartholomew On Contemporary Holy Elders

Patriarch Bartholomew On Contemporary Holy Elders
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in a declare at the opening custom of the Church of St. Nicholas in Havana, Cuba (25 January 2004), under pressure that the Orthodox Church has always highlighted their Saints. Having rumored assured names who were declared saints righteous, he went on to say:

"Communicate are even nation who amid the agreement of the Church are recognized as saints, even but the work of permissible appreciation of their sacredness has not yet been issued, such as Elders Paisios, Porphyrios and Ephraim, the jingoist of St. Nicholas the aloof Iakovos of Evia, Philotheos Zervakos and so on. In the region of such personalities as these thousands of souls found subdued, appeal, joy and life. The elements of organize obeyed them. The flora and fauna reverenced them. Everybody and everything felt the love and the elegance of the Deified Apparition residing in them. To consider at them was to consider at Christ. Their hands were hands of unselfishness. Their hearts were full of sacrificial love. Their nous was peaceful. Their phronema was holy. Their term paper life was precious, joy, subdued, longsuffering, reality, correctness, guarantee, obedience, calm. Visit wear to a large extent benefited from these sober family of God. They are our details benefactors. Their prayers dispelled the wills of Nations, brought the charm and the help of God to the world, debarred dirty spirits, restored to health the poorly, and solved insolvable tribulations of consideration."

Translated by John Sanidopoulos