Category Archives: Elder Cleopas of Romania

Born: 10 April 1912
Reposed: 2 December 1998

Heiromonk and abbot of the Sihastria Monastery

Elder Cleopas: In any stage you may be do not get discouraged . . .

Photo of Elder Cleopas“In any stage you may be do not get discouraged, pray even if you feel compulsion and the Lord will visit you with His mercy: ‘Let it be to you according to your faith,’ [Matt. 9:29].”

— Elder Cleopas of Romania

Elder Cleopa: Do not do anything without signing yourself with the sign of the Cross . . .

Photo of Elder Cleopas“Do not do anything without signing yourself with the sign of the Cross! When you depart on a journey, when you begin your work, when you go to study, when you are alone, and when you are with other people, seal yourself with the Holy Cross on your forehead, your body, your chest, your heart, your lips, your eyes, your ears. All of you should be sealed with the sign of Christ’s victory over hell. Then you will no longer be afraid of charms, evil spirits, or sorcery, because these are dissolved by the power of the Cross like wax before fire and like dust before the wind.”

— Elder Cleopa

Elder Cleopas: The enemy will run like a wild ass . . .

Photo of Elder Cleopas“The enemy will run like a wild ass from the man who has tasted the sweetness of prayer.”

— Elder Cleopas of Romania