Blessed Hesykhios Khorebites the Hesychiast ("Bezmolvnik")
Commemorated on October 3
Khorebites the Hesychiast ("Bezmolvnik"), lived during the VI
Century at one of the monasteries on Athos, and at first he was not very
fervent a monk. After a serious illness Hesykhios died, but through a wondrous
act of Divine Providence, after an hour he came back to life. After this the
blessed saint secluded himself in his cell as an hermit, and for 12 years he
dwelt in complete solitude. The brethren heard only the singing of Psalms and
penitent weeping. Before his death, Blessed Hesykhios said to the gathered
monks: "Forgive me, brethren. He that is mindful of death sinneth no
With the name Hesykhios is connected the Athonite skete-form of the Hesychiasts ("Bezmolvni" or "Silents"), striving after an unique experience by the mental Jesus Prayer.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.