Venerable Arsenios of Farasa, the Cappadocian +1924
Saint Arsenios was born in 1840 in Cappadocia of eastern Turkey. At that time, there were vital Orthodox communities thriving, and so, when he became a monk, he was sent to serve his people as a priest. He earned such respect from the people, that not only Christians, but Muslims also came to him for healing. His miracles were heard throughout Cappadocia. He was known as Hadjiefendis, a Turkish term to honour pilgrims who visited the Holy Lands. Every 10 years, the holy one would make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem by foot. Saint Arsenios predicted the expulsion of the Greeks from Asia Minor, and when it came to pass in 1924, he led his flock on a 400-mile journey across Turkey on foot. The saint prophesied that he would only live for 40 days after their arrival in Greece, and this came true. Three days before his repose, the Most Holy Theotokos appeared to him and took him to all the monasteries on Mount Athos which he longed to visit. His final words to his flock were “the soul, the soul, take care of it more than the flesh, which will return to earth and be eaten by worms!” At 83 years of age, the Venerable Arsenios reposed peacefully in the Lord. The recent Saint Paisios was baptised by the hand of Saint Arsenios and had a very special reverence for him all his life, and Saint Paisios even brought his relics to Australia on his visit in the 1970s and donated them to the Holy Monastery of Pantanassa on the Central Coast. Saint Arsenios is often implored to heal cancer and many barren women have conceived after being blessed with the saint’s relics.
Ήχος γ’. Θείας πίστεως.
Βίον ένθεον, καλώς ανύσας, σκεύος τίμιον του Παρακλήτου, Ανεδείχθης θεοφόρε Αρσένιε, και των θαυμάτων την χάριν δεξάμενος, πάσι παρέχεις ταχείαν βοήθειαν, Πάτερ ’Οσιε Χριστόν τον Θεόν ικέτευε, δωρήσασθαι ημίν το μέγα έλεος.
Ἦχος δ’. Ὁ ὑψωθεῖς ἐν τῷ Σταυρῷ.
Καππαδοκίας τὸ νεόφυτον ἄνθος, καὶ ἀρετῶν τὸ πολυτίμητον σκεῦος, ὁ ἱερὸς Ἀρσένιος ὑμνείσθω μοί, οὗτος γὰρ ὡς ἄγγελος, ἐν σαρκὶ βιοτεύσας, σύσκηνος ἐγένετο, τῶν Ἁγίων ἁπάντων, μεθ’ ὧν πρεσβεύει πάντοτε Χριστῷ, ἠμὶν διδόναι, πταισμάτων συγχώρησιν.
Apolytikion in the Third Tone
Your godly life well-spent, as a vessel of the Spirit, honourable, you shone, Arsenios inspired by God. Endowed with the grace of miracles, you swiftly send aid to all. Beseech, Blessed Father, Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.
Kontakion in the Fourth Tone
Cappadocia’s new-sprung flower and precious vessel of virtues, Holy Arsenios, let me hymn. For as an angel he lived in the flesh, and now resides with all the Saints. With them, he ever prays to Christ to grant us forgiveness of our sins.