April 16, 2012

A Paschal Greeting To Elder Paisios From the Panagia

Elder Paisios said:

"On Monday of Renewal Week I was sitting at Archontariki and saying the Prayer. Suddenly I sensed an aroma, unlike anything else! I went in the hallway to see where it was coming from, I went to the church - nothing. I went outside in the yard. The aroma was much more pronounced. I heard the talanton beating. I looked and saw descending down a litany, and I knew it was coming from the icon of the Panagia."

On Bright Monday every year the procession of the miraculous image of "Axion Estin" descends below Koutloumousiou Monastery to the Cells of the Holy Apostles (Alypiou). The Cell of "Panagouda" is one kilometer away. From this distance the Panagia sent a greeting to some extent to the Elder.

From Life of Elder Paisios the Athonite, Hieromonk Isaac, Mount Athos, 2004, p. 288.

Note: On April 16, 2012, Bright Monday, the litany with the Holy Icon of Panagia "Axion Estin" passed by the Cell of Elder Paisios.