Icon of St. Silouan the Athonite To believe that God exists is one thing; to know God is another.St. Silouan the Athonite
Hymn from Orthros of Forgiveness Sunday

The time is now at hand for us to start upon the spiritual contest and to gain the victory over the demonic powers. Let us put on the armor of abstinence and clothe ourselves in the glory of the angels. With boldness Moses spoke to the Creator, and he heard the voice of the invisible God. In Thy love for man, O Lord, grant us with the same boldness to venerate Thy Passion and Thy Holy Resurrection.

About St. Silouan the Athonite

St. Silouan, was born in 1866, of devout parents who came from the village of Sovsk in the Tambov region. His name 'in the world' was Simeon Ivanovich Antonov. At the age of twenty-seven he received the prayers of St. John of Kronstadt and went to Mt. Athos where he became a monk at the Russian monastery St. Panteleimon. He received from the Holy Theotokos the gift of unceasing prayer, and was given the vision our Lord Jesus Christ, in glory, in the church of the holy Prophet Elijah adjoining the mill of the monastery. After the withdrawal of that first grace, he was oppressed by profound grief and great temptations for fifteen years, after which he received from Christ the teaching, "Keep thy mind in hell, and despair not". He reposed on September 24, 1938.

He left behind his writings which were edited by his disciple and pupil, the Archimandrite Sophrony. Fr. Sophrony has written a complete life of the Saint along with the record of St. Silouan's teachings in the book St. Silouan the Athonite.

Archimandrite Sophrony's book provides valuable insights into the experiences and teachings of St. Silouan. A few excerpts from this book help to better understand them, especially the phrase "Keep thy mind in hell, and despair not."

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