Saints of the Russian Orthodox Church: Silouan the Athonite

Silouan the Athonite or Staretz Siluoan (1866-1938) is a Russian monk, the Saint who spent his life on the Mount Athos. He is highly venerated in the Russian Orthodox Church due his ascetic way of life & precious spiritual writings. The end of the 19th century was a fruitful time when a great deal of future Russian Saints were born. Their mission was to keep the people’s spirit & to help in dark times ahead.

Silouan the Athonite is an example of such a man. He was born in a little village Shovskoe in the Tambov region. His civil name was Simeon Ivanovich Antonov. He was strong & very pious person who decided to dedicate himself to God after a period of a military service yet in the Imperial army. In 1892 he moved his steps right to Greece, to the Mount Athos where he became a monk at the Monastery of Saint Panteleimon that time known as “Rossikon”, the house who welcomed the Russian monks. He got the name Silouan.

He was an ardent monk, who was opened not only secrets of the Scriptures & prayers. He had a gift of writing that allowed him to write profound spiritual works that are useful for everybody even today as they contain flashes of the Divine wisdom expressed by a religious man who lived a century ago.

This is the most famous quote of his that he obtained after a long prayer to God:

“Keep your mind in hell and do not despair”.

Saint Silouan the Athonite or Staretz Silouan is celebrated on the 24th of September.

Maria KethuProfumo

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2 Responses to Saints of the Russian Orthodox Church: Silouan the Athonite

  1. I found it interesting that he became a monk after he served in the military. Thanks, Maria.

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