2. In the Skete of little Saint Anne lived a certain Hieromonk Savvas, called the famous Papa-Savvas. Father Joachim Spetsieres had him as spiritual father. The Empress of Russia Catherine also had him as spiritual father. He served the Liturgy every day; he was God-bearing, clairvoyant, a teacher of mental prayer.
Sometimes some people asked him, what moves you to commemorate so many names in the Proskomedia?
He answered, "When I was younger, we called the Bishop to consecrate the church above the Holy Monastery of Saint Dionysios" for it was there that he first practiced hesychasm, with his elder Papa-Ilarion, himself also a famous spiritual father. "After the consecration the Bishop said to my Elder, May I give Papa-Savvas some names to commemorate for 40 days, since he will serve the liturgy every day? The Elder said to him, Give as many as you want. And he gave me 62 names.
When I had finished 39 liturgies and was going to the 40th, I leaned against the analogion and waited for the Elder to come, to receive the time to serve the Liturgy. I fell asleep and saw in my sleep that I was wearing the priestly vestments and standing before the Holy Table. On the Holy Table was the holy Diskos of the Liturgy, and the holy Chalice full of the holy Blood of Christ. Then I saw Papa-Stephanos come, take the paper from the proskomedia and the communion spoon, draw near to the Holy Table and put the paper upon it, near the holy Diskos. Afterwards he dipped the spoon in the holy Blood of Christ and erased a name. Again he dipped and erased another, and so forth until all were done and the paper was clean.
"Then I awoke and in a little my Elder also came. Immediately I told him the above. The Elder said, Didn't I tell you not to believe in dreams? After the Liturgy he said to me again, You are not worthy that the sins of these people be forgiven: through faith they received the forgiveness of sins. So this is the reason why I commemorate the names of all." REF:Elder Ephraim of Philotheou Mount Athos, "Counsels from the Holy Mountain"
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem says, concerning all Liturgies, that all who are commemorated, for the sake of whom intercession is made, receive the greatest benefit. REF:Elder Ephraim of Philotheou Mount Athos, "Counsels from the Holy Mountain"
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