Memorial Day of Rev. Paisius Velichkovsky (28/11)

The Monk Paisios (Peter in the world) was born in 1722 in the city of Poltava, into the family of John Velichkovsky. Brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather of Peter were priests. From early childhood, the monk was left without a father and brother and was brought up by his mother Irina. The lad studied literacy according to the psalter, and at the age of 13 he was sent to study at the Kiev Theological Academy. Here, under the guidance of Hieroschemamonk Pachomius, Peter brought up a monastic character in himself.

At the age of 17, the young man wished to retire from the world. Leaving the academy, Peter entered the Lyubech monastery, where he passed his first obedience - he copied books. However, he did not stay long in this monastery: after the repose of the hegumen, the novice Peter left the monastery. In one of the monasteries of southern Russia, Peter took the tonsure with the name Parthenius, but the brethren began to call him Plato, and he humbly endured it. The young ascetic, by the will of God, became a wandering monk, moving from monastery to monastery. The fruit of the wanderings was an experienced knowledge of obedience, humility and mental prayer.

The last journey that the monk Plato made at his own request was to Athos. For four years the monk went to the Holy Mountain. At the same time, the father of the Moldavian hermits and elders, Vasily Polyanomerulsky, arrived on Athos. Here Plato was tonsured into a mantle and given the name Paisios.