Monk Paisii (Velichkovsky) comes from Little Russia. To him was given the monastery of the holy prophet Elia, who was in possession of the monastery Pantokrator. To St. Paisius more and more students came, and the monastery Simonopetr was transferred to him, but because of excessive taxes to the Turks, they had to go to Moldova. Here Father Paissy soon became known as one of the most experienced confessors of his time. He restored and fortified the local monasteries of Dragomirna, Syakul and Nyamets. He corrected and re-translated the ancient patristic texts, which in translation in the Slavonic before him were unreadable, and made it possible to spread the book “Philokalia” in Russia. After his death in 1794, many of his Russian students returned to their native places and brought to Russia a seed of spiritual life, from which the generations of the Optina elders grew up.
Monk Nicodemus the Hagiorite is one of the most famous Athonite fathers of later times (1749-1809). He collected and corrected many patristic texts, wrote many of his works, becoming one of the greatest contemporary authors on the topic of Orthodox spirituality. In less than thirty years, he created 28 voluminous tomes, a huge number of small treatise – almost unremitting work, indicating the talent of the researcher and the incarnated grace of holy life of this man. His academic talent did not alienate the reverend from those around him. He was simple in manners and patient, sweet and kind, free of passions and not scattered. He lived for thirty-four years in a feat, gaining inner silence. He had one cassock and a pair of sandals, he ate almost exclusively rye grain, beans, honey, olives and bread, often prayed at night, and after such training he became a compassionate, beloved people confessor.
One of the astounding features of his life was his constant movements. He lived in many places on the Holy Mountain, sometimes trying to get close to those monasteries where were texts which he needed for work. He lived where his work or circumstances brought him. Thus, he had no permanent home and was called “Nicodemus the Hagiorite”.
Monk Nicodemus peacefully fell asleep in the Lord on July 14, 1809, at the age of sixty. He was buried in the cell of Skutalos, where he died. There still holds his head, exuding an magnificent fragrance. He was canonized as saints in 1955.