screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-7-27-20-pmPachomius of Chios

October 14

The Venerable Pachomius of Chios was born in the late 19th century and was raised in a typical Greek Orthodox family. When he was still a teenager, he was involved in a fight with a Turk and eventually murdered him. He was imprisoned and found solace only in his Orthodox faith, praying to the Panagia for comfort and forgiveness for his deeds. He was eventually released and travelled to Jerusalem where he became a monk at the Holy Lavra of Saint Savvas the Sanctified at the age of 22. Here he excelled in prayer and virtue before returning to his homeland of Chios where he built a monastery, revitalising the monastic life on the island. Pilgrims from all over flocked to the monastery to be instructed by his holy words. As well as this, he collected a magnificent library of books in the monastery, even authoring various books of his own. In 1905, the Veneravle Pachomius reposed peacefully in the Lord. His life is a great example that no sin is to grave for the Lord to forgive.

Ἦχος δ΄. Ταχὺ προκατάλαβε.
Ἀσκήσας ὡς ἄσαρκος ἐν τοῖς ἐσχάτοις καιροῖς, τὴν Χίον ἡγίασας ἱδρώτων ἀσκητικῶν, Παχώμιε, ῥείθροις σου· βίῳ γὰρ ἐναρέτῳ θεωθεὶς ἐποπτεύεις, ἄνωθεν ὑμνηπόλων εὐλαβῶν σοῦ χορείας, καὶ ἅπασι βραβεύεις ἰσχύν, ῥῶσιν καὶ δύναμιν.