Heilige Gillis (Hl. Egidius) van Frankrijk, uit Athene, Griekenland (+721) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Dutch



Heilige Gillis (Hl. Egidius) van Frankrijk,

uit Athene, Griekenland (+721)

Heilige Gillis de Eremiet (ook Egidius) is een van de veertien heilige noodhelpers in de annalen van de Kerk. Het zou een Occitaanse eremiet-monnik zijn geweest die in 640 geboren werd in Athene en de naam Ægidius kreeg. Later een kluizenaarsbestaan in Septimanië, een Visigotische provincie in de buurt van Narbonne. Hij zou een klooster gesticht hebben in Saint-Gilles, een plaats ten westen van Arles en ten zuiden van Nîmes en er rond 720 of 724 gestorven zijn. Zijn graftombe werd een belangrijke bedevaartplaats.

Hij zou in de Provence verbleven hebben, waarna hij Rome bezocht, alvorens zich terug te trekken in een bos in Collias (ten noorden van Nîmes) bij de Gardon-rivier. Na een warm onthaal in de stad Arles zou hij zich teruggetrokken hebben als eremiet in de buurt van Saint-Gilles, ten westen van Arles, en er een klooster gesticht hebben.

Egidius zou tijdens zijn kluizenaarschap in gezelschap hebben verkeerd van een hinde, die hem van melk voorzag. De Wisigotische koning Wamba (of zijn opvolger Flavius) hield eens een jachtpartij, waarop de hinde naar de kluis van haar kameraad vluchtte, waar Wamba Egidius, getroffen door een pijl van één de jagers, ontmoette en ontroerd was door de vriendschap van Egidius en het hertje. Hij bood een plaats aan om een abdij te stichten, waarvan Egidius abt werd.

Zijn naamdag wordt gevierd op 1 september.

Saint Kieran of Saighir, Ireland (+530) – March 5



Saint Kieran of Saighir, Ireland (+530)

March 5





St. Kieran (Ciaran) of Saighir, or St. Kieran the Elder, is also called “the first-born of the Irish saints”. He was born in the fifth century in the Irish kingdom of Ossory and was related to the royal family. His father Luaigne was from Ossory, and his mother Liadan came from Cork. When Liadan was pregnant, she had a dream that a star fell from the sky and rested on her, which was understood as a sign that her infant would have a special role in the history of the Irish Church. Everybody saw brightness and holiness in little Kieran and he was loved by all. He was very kind, humble, inquisitive, loved animals, but first of all wanted to be closer to God. Various traditions connect him with different saints, which is not always chronologically correct, so the connection would have been spiritual, not physical.

Kieran may have been a disciple of St. Finian of Clonard under whom he may have studied. In his youth Kieran spent some time in continental Europe where he was ordained a priest. He probably studied in Gaul (at Tours) and Rome. On his return to Ireland, according to tradition, St. Patrick, the enlightener of the emerald isle, consecrated him the first Bishop of Ossory, where he preached the Gospels and has been venerated from time immemorial. Later the saint settled in the forests of the kingdom of Ossory where he lived in a tiny cell as a true anchorite in Saighir near the Slieve Bloom mountains. According to his biographer, St. Patrick gave him a bell saying that this bell would only ring on the spot where by the will of God Kieran would eventually found a great spiritual center—and this spot was Saighir.

By a spring, the ascetic built a cell of wattle and thin branches smeared with mud, and the roof was of grass and leaves. His diet consisted only of herbs and Continue reading “Saint Kieran of Saighir, Ireland (+530) – March 5”

Father Cleopa Ilie of Romania (+1998) & the birds in the Divine Liturgy








Father Cleopa Ilie of Romania is a Saint of our days who died in December 2, 1998.

In May of 1948, on the feast of Ss. Constantine and Helen, Father Cleopa delivered a homily in which he said, “May God grant that our own rulers might become as the Holy King and Queen were, that the Church might be able to also commemorate them unto the ages.” The next day the state police took him to prison, leaving him in a bedless cell without bread or water for five days. After being released Father Cleopa, upon good counsel, fled to the mountains of Sihastria, where he lived in a in a hut mostly underground. There the elder prayed night and day seeking the help of God and the Theotokos.

During this time the elder was visited by the grace of God in the following way. Fr. Cleopa told his disciples that when he was building his hut, birds would come and sit on his head. The first time he served Liturgy on a stump in front of his hut, as he was communing the Holy Mysteries, a flock of birds came and gathered, such as he had never seen before. As he gazed upon them in astonishment, he noticed that each one had the sign of the Cross marked on it forehead.

Another time, after the preparation for Liturgy and having read all the prayers, he set the Antimension on the tree stump and began the Liturgy with the exclamation, “Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages!” Again the birds appeared, and as they perched in the branch of the tree they began to sing in beautiful and harmonic voices. Fr. Cleopa asked himself, “What could this be?” And an unseen voice whispered to him, “These are your chanters on the cliros.” These signs and others encouraged the Elder immensely during his time of exile.

Another time, he was serving the Divine Liturgy when he was living as a recluse and he had no choir. As he approached the time for the Cherubic Hymn, he heard a voice behind him tell him that he has his choir. Elder Cleopa looked around and birds with crosses on their heads descended and started singing the Cherubic Hymn, and then vanished when the Liturgy was over.

Saint Arsène Papacioc de Roumanie (+2011) et les animaux ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French



Saint Arsène Papacioc de Roumanie (+2011) et les animaux

“Je ne pense pas que j’ai omis de demander à quiconque en confession s’il ou si elle avait torturé ou tué des animaux” racontait-il.

Un jour, il pleuvait et un chat avec quatre chatons vint près de ma cellule. N’ayant nul endroit où s’abriter, le chat vint auu puits près de ma cellule, et resta là à miauler sous la pluie.

Durant la nuit, je réfléchis.” comment se fait-il que je demande à tous en confession s’ils ont torturé des animaux, et je vais laisser ce chat sous la pluie?!”

Et je suis allé, dans l’obscurité, et sous la pluie, et j’ai trouvé le chat, mais seulement trois chatons, le quatrième manquait. Pouvez-vous imaginer cela?… Le jour suivant, je me suis retrouvé avec le chat dans le sanctuaire: il était venu me remercier!

Version française Claude Lopez-Ginisty
St Herman of Alaska’s
Eternity in the Moment
Între timp și veșnicie: Viata Părintelui Arsenie Papacioc
Bucharest 2015



Video: Verso gli agnostici e gli atei – San Paisios del Monte Athos, Grecia (+1994) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian



Verso gli agnostici e gli atei

San Paisios del Monte Athos, Grecia (+1994)

Santes Dilig (St Cenheidlo / St Endelienta) Cymru a Chernyw (+6ed ganrif) – 29 Ebrill ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Welsh



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Santes Dilig (St Cenheidlo / St Endelienta)

Cymru a Chernyw  (+6ed ganrif)

29 Ebrill

Roedd Santes Dilig (hefyd Cenheidlo; ganwyd 470 AD) yn ferch i’r Brenin Brychan sefydlydd teyrnas Brycheiniog (yn ne-ddwyrain canolbarth Cymru) yn ôl traddodiad. Fel sant, dethlir dydd ei gŵyl ar 29 Ebrill. Dywedir iddi deithio gyda rhai o’i brodyr a’i chwiorydd i Gernyw lle truliodd y rhan fwyaf o’i hoes. Yr enw Lladin arni yw Endelienta. Dywed traddodiad ei bod yn perthyn i’r Brenin Arthur.

Roedd Brychan yn dad i bedwar ar hugain o blant yn ôl traddodiad. Tyfai’r rhan fwyaf ohonyn nhw i fyny i fod yn seintiau gan sefydlu eglwysi ledled y wlad. Cyfeirir at deulu (“llwyth”) Brychan yn y Trioedd fel un o “dri llwyth seintiau Cymru” (ynghyd â theuluoedd Caw a Chunedda.

Verso gli agnostici e gli atei – San Paisios del Monte Athos, Grecia (+1994) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian



Verso gli agnostici e gli atei

San Paisios del Monte Athos, Grecia (+1994)

“Un giovane vivace diceva all’Anziano: ‘Non c’è Dio. Non credo’.L’anziano gi rispose con bontà: ‘allora vieni vicino a me. Lo sai che la cicala che ora canta parla di Dio? Vedi questo gattino! Che bella pelliccia che ha, è migliore pure di quella di una regina!’ Il giovane si commosse alle parole dell’Anziano e la sua incredulità si addolcì”.

“Una volta un professore universitario visitò l’Anziano e gli disse: ‘Ho difficoltà a credere che Dio esista. Sono un uomo colto, vivo in Occidente e tutto ciò che dici e fai si può spiegare razionalmente. Certo, esiste qualche forza, ma non posso accettare tutto quello che dici su Cristo e sui sacramenti’. L’Anziano dopo averlo ascoltato gli rispose con tono brusco: ‘Sei più stupido di una lucertola!’. Offeso dalle parole dell’Anziano il professore reagì. L’Anziano insistette: ‘In verità tu sei più stupido di una lucertola e te lo dimostrerò’. L’Anziano chiamò subito una lucertola. All’animaletto che corse da lui chiese se Dio esistesse. La lucertola si alzò su due zampe e chinò la testa dando con questo movimento una risposta positiva all’Anziano. Il professore ne fu sorpreso e iniziò a piangere. L’Anziano soggiunse: ‘Hai visto che tu sei più stupido di una lucertola? Essa sa che Dio esiste e tu, con la tua intelligenza, non hai compreso la sua esistenza’. Il professore lasciò la cella dell’Anziano tutto scosso”.


Hiéromoine Isaac, L’Ancien Paissios de la Sainte Montagne, L’Age d’Homme, Lausanne 2008.