The Dormition of Saint Joseph the Hesychast
The Dormition of Saint Joseph the Hesychast
The Dormition of Saint Joseph the Hesychast
The Dormition of Saint Joseph the Hesychast

The Dormition of Saint Joseph the Hesychast

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Saint Joseph was born on the island of Paros, Greece, in 1897. His father passed away when his was very young in age and he grew up with his mother and his six siblings. He attended school only until 2nd grade; as one of the oldest, he had to work and help his mother. It was not until his twenties, when he saw a vision of two Angels dressed like guards leading him to God; he then began to read books about the Holy Fathers. As he read about them, he realized that he wanted to be like them and lead a life like theirs. In 1921, having practiced living ascetically for almost two years, he decided to go to Mount Athos. Eventually, he met Father Arsenios who  became his companion in asceticism and hesychasm. After some years, they returned to Katounakia, where Saint Joseph became a spiritual father. Many came to him to join his brotherhood  but most could not maintain the level of extreme asceticism Saint Joseph’s practiced. Many of the monks in his brotherhood eventually became saints: Joseph of Vatopaidi; Father Ephraim (who founded most of the monasteries in the United States); Father Haralambos of Dionysiou; and Saint Ephraim of Katounakia (who was not a part of the brotherhood, but often received guidance from Saint Joseph). Saint Joseph fell asleep in 1959. Depicted in this icon around Saint Joseph the Hesychast are: Saint Ephraim Katounakiotis, Father Charalambos Dionysiatis, Father Athanasios (Saint's Joseph brother), Father Joseph Vatopaidinos, Father Theofylaktos Neoskytiotis, Father Ephraim of Arizona and Elder Arsenios (his fellow struggler of more than 40 years). The Monastery on the left is Nea Skiti of Mount Athos and the building on the right is simply scenery from Mount Athos. 

Saint Joseph’s feast day is celebrated on August 15, which is also the Dormition of the Theotokos. As a result, some Fathers on Mount Athos celebrate his feast day on August 16.


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 Dimension: 5.5" x 7.7" (14 x 19.5 cm)

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0.8" (2 cm)
0.6 lb (0.3 kg)
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 Dimension: 7.9" x 11" (20 x 28 cm)

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1.8" (4.5 cm)
2.3 lb (1kg)
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Dimension: 9.8" x 13" (25 x 33 cm)

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1.8" (4.5 cm) 3.1 lb (1.4 kg) Recessed Wood

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Dimension: 5.9" x 11.8" (15 x 30 cm)

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1.6" (4 cm) 1.6 lb (0.7 kg) Recessed Wood

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