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February 6, 2021

Oikos to our Venerable Fathers Barsanuphios and John

 
Oikos to our Venerable Fathers Barsanuphios and John

By Monk Gerasimos Mikragiannanitou

Like the great sun you rose, out of Egypt wise Barsanouphios, and your wondrous virtues, shined like its rays, illuminating all, of the monastic choruses; and in Palestine, there was divine ascent, by the intense application of the ascetic life, and you became an angel with a body, being seen as a physical embodiment of wisdom from above; and as an imitator of your conduct, divine eros, and your beautiful divinely-inscribed image, you clung to Venerable John, who as another wondrous Prophet, was granted the gift of foreknowledge from the Comforter; wherefore, we honor you both, as interpreters of the virtuous life, and educators of venerable works, and our guides and teachers without error, and servants of the divine Trinity.
 
Translation by John Sanidopoulos