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Monday, February 21, 2022

The Appearance of the Panagia to Saint Paisios the Athonite on February 21, 1985


By Hieromonk Isaac
 
"The previous Lent [on February 21, 1985] the Panagia appeared dressed in white. She told me that a lot of things will happen in the world, and for that reason I should take care to bring … [something which was personal].”

She had appeared near the northeast corner of his hut. When the Elder saw her, he said humbly, “My Panagia, this place is filthy [he used to throw at the spot where she appeared peels from fruit], as am I filthy.” From that time on, however, he treated the place with great reverence “where stood the feet” of the immaculate Mother of God. He wanted to plant flowers in that area so that no one may walk on it.

In his Horologion, under February 21st, he noted in a cryptic manner this wondrous event as follows:

"The Panagia! 10:30 before midnight. All white. Like lightning. Forgive me."

Source: From the book Βίος Γέροντας Παΐσιου του Αγιορείτου, Mount Athos, 2004, p. 306. Translation by John Sanidopoulos.  


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