Lion Tamer: On Taming the Tongue (Archimandrite Vassilios Bakoyiannis)

“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips” (Ps. 141:2).

“…Let’s say, that the Government has attached to us a mechanism (like a camera), that records whatever is coming out of our mouths. And we know that if we say a word that is not liked by the Government, that we will pay a fine, for example one thousand dollars. What are we going to do? Will we not pay attention to our words? Will we not be vigilant all around the clock? Of course, we will! You see, when there is a reason to bridle the “beast”, we can do it, if we want…” (Pg. 17).


Apostle James (3:1-10)

“My brethren, …if anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man…, every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so” . Let’s pray this book makes us a lion tamer…!





1. The water tank and the water 2. “No man can tame the tongue” 3. “For every idle word” 4. After our sin


1. Our mouth and our passions 2. Our ears and our passions 3. “An open tomb” 4. Words damage body


1. Neither your eyes nor your ears 2. “Fake news” 3. “A sharpen sword” 4. A good word 5. Woman and nagging 6. Body language



1. “You and him alone” 2. About judgment 3. Why do we Judge? 4. Τhe bitter fruits of judgment 5. Judging the Priests 6. Archangel Michael 7. “As you want …”



1. “False witness” 2. A holy lie 3. Curses 4. Oath and anathema 5. When you are blamed 6. Mouth and Holy Communion



1. Bloodless Martyrs 2. “What a shame!”




1st English Edition. 2020. All rights reserved

Translated from Greek by Fragitsa Halkias

Cover design:

Chrysostomos Tromboukis, BA

Publisher: Archangels Publications


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The Greek author, the Archimandrite Vassilios Bakoyiannis was born in 1953. He is a graduate of the Theological Academy of Athens and of the Theological School of the University of Belgrade. He received his M.A. in Theology from St. Vladimir’s Seminary and his Ph.D. from the Atlantic International University (U.S.A.). In 1974 he began writing and since then has written over 50 spiritual books. The publication of his books in Greece has been exclusively undertaken by “Thavor” publications, which have been exclusively established for this purpose and for which he exclusively writes. Several of his books have been translated from the Greek language into English, German, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Arabic, Serbian, Bulgarian, Indonesian, Swahili. He was ordained in 1980 and serves the Holy Metropolis of Patras in Greece.



1. Tearful Eyes 2. Christian or an Actor? 3. The world’s Final call 4. A Monk’s Adventure 5. Confronting the Devil 6. After Death 7. Great Christian Feasts 8. Forty Stormy Years 9. Battles & Passions. Anger, Hatred, Envy 10. Confession 11. JESUS His Unknown Side 12. Highly Favored One. The Life of Mariam (The Virgin Mary) 13. St. John Chrysostom. Holy Communion. How & when 14. Food & Spirituality 15. Heresy in One

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