June 5, 2023

Before Papa-Tychon Gave Advice He Would Invoke the Holy Spirit

By St. Paisios the Athonite
Before the Elder [Papa-Tychon the Russian] began his advice, it was customary for him to pray first, to invoke the Holy Spirit, that He may enlighten him, and this was what he also recommended to others.

He would say:

"God left us the Holy Spirit to enlighten us. This is what our landlord does. That is why our Church begins with the 'Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of truth.'"

While he said these things about the Holy Spirit, his face would change, and many pious people saw this change.
- From the book Athonite Fathers and Athonite Matters. Translation by John Sanidopoulos.

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