The Ecumenical Patriarchate officially canonized Elder Paisios the Athonite today! Glory to God! This is so exciting for us as Orthodox Christians, to watch our beloved Gerondas receive glorification from God and the Church. This news brought so much joy to my heart today!
There are several links you can translate here on Agioritiko Vima and Romfea. Nothing has been posted on the Patriarchate or Archdiocese sites as of yet (an official statement is expected later today) but news has spread throughout Greece and other Orthodox communities worldwide, including here on the web. For those of you who have never read any of SAINT Paisios’ books I have listed several amazing ones here.
My spiritual father told me that praying to a saint on the day they are canonized is a huge blessing because they are standing before the throne of God being glorified! So pull out those prayer ropes–Most holy St. Paisios pray unto God for us!
I also found the following hymns translated on Orthognosia.
Apolytikion in the First Tone
The offspring of Farasa, and the adornment of Athos, and the imitator of the former righteous, equal in honor, O Paisios let us honor O faithful, the vessel full of graces, who hastens speedily to those who cry out: glory to Him Who gave you strength, glory to Him Who crowned you, glory to Him Who grants through you healings for all.
Kontakion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
The most-famed ascetic of the Holy Mountain, and the newly-enlightened light of the Church, let us praise him with hymns with all our heart, for he leads the faithful towards a perfect life, filling them with rivers of gifts, therefore we cry out: Hail, O Father Paisios.
On the this day (July 12th), the memory of our venerable Father Paisios the New, of the Holy Mountain, who reposed in peace in the year 1994.
Paisios, the tree of Mount Athos,
You were shown to be full of fruit, O Most-venerable one.
On the twelfth, Paisios reposed.
Rejoice the communicant with the Venerable, the pride of Athos, the adornment of Monastics, Rejoice the new teacher of the Church, O godly-minded Paisios, our boast.