Abba Pambo prayed to God so that he may not be glorified on earth. But God glorified him so much that people were not able to watch him in his face, because the glory that was visible on his face was so radiant that his face was shining like a lightning, and he was like a king sitting on his throne

Авва Памво се молел на Бога да не го прослави на земјата. Но Бог толку го прославил што луѓето не можеле да го гледаат во лице од славата која отсјајувала од неговото лице, што блескало како молња, а тој бил како цар кој седи на својот престол

 Светителот Христов Николај, големиот Чудотворец, брзиот помошник и извонредниот посредник пред Бога, го одгледа земјата Ликиска. Роден е во градот Патара. Неговите родители, Теофан и Нона, беа луѓе познати, високородни, православни и богати. За својот богоугоден живот, за многубројните милостињи и големите добродетели, овој благословен пар, како свет корен, се удостои да произведе свет изданок и како дрво посадено крај извор вода го донесе родот свој навреме (Псал 1, 3). Кога се роди ова благословено дете, му го дадоа името Николај, што значи ‘победник на народите’. И тој, според благословот Божји, навистина се покажа победник над злото, за полза на целиот свет. (more…)

Saint Nicholas, the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia is famed as a great saint pleasing unto God. He was born in the city of Patara in the region of Lycia (on the south coast of the Asia Minor peninsula), and was the only son of pious parents Theophanes and Nonna, who had vowed to dedicate him to God.

As the fruit of the prayer of his childless parents, the infant Nicholas from the very day of his birth revealed to people the light of his future glory as a wonderworker. His mother, Nonna, after giving birth was immediately healed from illness. The newborn infant, while still in the baptismal font, stood on his feet three hours, without support from anyone, thereby honoring the Most Holy Trinity. St Nicholas from his infancy began a life of fasting, and on Wednesdays and Fridays he would not accept milk from his mother until after his parents had finished their evening prayers. (more…)

In this mountain there also lived the blessed man Pambo who was the teacher and master of the Bishops Dioscorus, Ammonius, Eusebius, and Origen the nephew of Dracontius, a marvelous man. Now this man Pambo possessed the power to utter words of prophecy, and splendid triumphs, yet with all these he despised gold and silver, even as the Word demandeth. Now the following things concerning him were related unto me by the blessed woman Melha:

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На 11/24 јуни се празнува иконата “Достојно ест” заради чудото кое се случило пред неа во времето на патријархот Никола Хрисоверг (983-996). Во близина на светогорскиот манастир Пантократор се наоѓа голема долина и во неа разни келии. Во една од тие келии, посветена на Успението на Пресвета Богородица, живеел еден доблесен јеромонах старец со својот послушник. Бидејќи во блискиот скит Протат, на Кареја, секоја недела се служело бдение, една сабота старецот, одејќи на бдение, му рекол на својот ученик: Чедо, јас одам на бдение, а ти како можеш читај го своето правило.

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The Icon of the Mother of God “It is Truly Meet” we commemorated on June 11/24.

The “It is Truly Meet” Icon of the Mother of God is in the high place of the altar of the cathedral church of the Karyes monastery on Mount Athos.

One Saturday night an Elder went to Karyes for the all-night Vigil. He left, instructing his disciple to remain behind and read the service in their cell. As it grew dark, the disciple heard a knock on the door. When he opened the door, he saw an unknown monk who called himself Gabriel, and he invited him to come in. They stood before the icon of the Mother of God and read the service together with reverence and compunction.

During the Ninth Ode of the Canon, the disciple began to sing “My soul magnifies the Lord…” with the Irmos of St Cosmas the Hymnographer (October 14), “More honorable than the Cherubim….”

The stranger sang the next verse, “For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden….” Then he chanted something the disciple had never heard before, “It is truly meet to bless Thee, O Theotokos, ever-blessed and most pure, and the Mother of our God…” Then he continued with, “More honorable than the Cherubim.…”

It is truly meet to bless thee, O Theotokos,
ever blessed, and most pure, and the Mother of our God.
More honorable than the cherubim,
and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim.
Without corruption thou gavest birth to God the Word.
True Theotokos, we magnify thee.

While the hymn was being sung, the icon of the Theotokos shone with a heavenly light. The disciple was moved by the new version of the familiar hymn, and asked his guest to write the words down for him. When the stranger asked for paper and ink, the disciple said that they did not have any.

The stranger took a roof tile and wrote the words of the hymn on its surface with his finger. The disciple knew then that this was no ordinary monk, but the Archangel Gabriel. The angel said, “Sing in this manner, and all the Orthodox as well.” Then he disappeared, and the icon of the Mother of God continued to radiate light for some time afterward.

The Eleousa Icon of the Mother of God, before which the hymn “It Is Truly Meet” was first sung, was transferred to the katholikon at Karyes. The tile, with the hymn written on it by the Archangel Gabriel, was taken to Constantinople when St Nicholas Chrysoberges (December 16) was Patriarch.
Numerous copies of the “It Is Truly Meet” Icon are revered in Russian churches. At the Galerna Harbor of Peterburg a church with five cupolas was built in honor of the Merciful Mother of God, and into it they put a grace-bearing copy of the “It Is Truly Meet” icon sent from Athos.

Свети Прохор Пчински е роден во Македонија, во Областа Овче Поле, од благочестиви родители Иван и Марија. Тие благородни, богобојазливи луѓе имаа  и голем имот но секогаш го поставуваа  Божјото пред световното,духовното пред материјалното И даваа И помагаа многу на сиромашните, но беа бездетни. За тој свој недостаток тие непрестано се молеа на Бога. И  Бог ги услиша нивните искрени молитви и им дарува машко дете и тие му го ставија името Прохор . (more…)

St. Prohor Pchinski was born in Macedonia, in the region of Ovche

Pole, by honourable parents Ivan and Marija. Those noble, Godfearing people

also had great estate, but always put the divine before the secular matters,

the spiritual before the material and were helping the poor as much as they

could, however they couldn’t have children. For that defect they were

constantly saying God’s prayers. And God heard their hearty prayers and gave

them a baby boy, and they named him Prohor.

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We continue our travels in the 4th century and go to Nitrea in the Egyptian desert. As with so many of the saints of this time, we don’t have exact biographical data which tends to be so important to 20th century people. But, we have something so much greater. Stories of Pambo’s words to those seeking spiritual counsel.

We do know however, that as a young man Pambo learned from the Father of Egyptian monasticism, St. Antony of the Desert, also known as Antony of Egypt. We also know that he lived a very strong ascetical life of long fasts, diligent manual labor and most of all prayer. He wore only the rags that others had discarded, seeing as no one else would bother to pick them up. 20th century religious might see his asceticism as extreme and unhealthy, but this was the norm for his time and place.

When we look at Abba Pambo the man, we find that there is much that he can teach us. The first Scripture his teacher gave him was Psalm 38,“I said I will be watchful of my ways for fear I should sin with my tongue.” Abba Pambo responded, “that will do for today,” and he went off to think about it. Six months later he returned ready to continue his lesson. Perhaps we too could spend time meditating on this Psalm and benefit from its fruits.

The story is told that a Roman widow brought Pambo 300 pounds of silver as a gift, he accepted it and said that it would be used to help the poor monasteries, but he did not thank her. When she reminded him that it was “300 pounds of silver,” he responded, “He to whom you have offered this gift has no need for you to TELL Him it’s value.”Another time he was asked to “count” the money given to him to help those in need. He responded, “God does not ask how much but HOW.”

St. Pambo is generally referred to as Abba Pambo, a common title for the holy men of the Desert Fathers time. He lived a very austere life and to some was a gruff and grumpy old man. But, when we listen to his words we hear the wisdom of God ringing through. It was said of him that he talked very little and it was perhaps the words he did say that influenced St. Benedict in his Rule, to advise the monks to restrain their speech because, “In a flood of words you will not avoid sin”(Proverbs 10:19). And Elsewhere, “The tongue holds the key to life and death”(Proverbs 18:21). Do our words bring life or are they a source of pain, violence or even death to those who hear them? (more…)

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