Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life (part 3)

Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life (part 3)

Hieromonk Serapion of Simonopetra Monastery †   On the morning of 9 May 2019, Archimandrite Elder Aimilianos, former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras on the Holy Mountain fell asleep in the Lord at the Holy Convent of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Ormylia, Halkidiki. Biographical...

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The Virtues of Humility and Patience in Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis

The Virtues of Humility and Patience in Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   In 1902, he wrote and set to music a service for Saint Efraim the Syrian and supplied other missing material, such as services for Saints Neofytos and Ioannikos, after whom his own elders were named, Saint Sofronios, the 99 saints in Crete, Saint Ieronymos, and Saint...

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Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis, the Tireless Spiritual Guide

Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis, the Tireless Spiritual Guide

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   His courtesy, perfect obedience and respect for the monastery and its overseers continued throughout his long life. His great progress in the monastery, the felicitous conclusion of all the tasks assigned to him and, particularly, his modesty, gentleness and virtue in general made him, on the...

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Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life (part 2)

Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life (part 2)

On the morning of 9 May 2019, Archimandrite Elder Aimilianos, former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras on the Holy Mountain fell asleep in the Lord at the Holy Convent of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Ormylia, Halkidiki. Biographical details by Hieromonk Serapion Simonopetritis (†2019). You...

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Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis: The First Years of his Service

Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis: The First Years of his Service

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   Elder Ieronymos as a monk on the Holy Mountain (1888-1920) Young Ioannis arrived on the Holy Mountain, made the sign of the cross and thanked Our Lady. Here his love for the Mother of God grew, to such an extent that, to his dying day, he...

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Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis (1871-1957)

Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis (1871-1957)

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   Childhood Years (1871-1888) Elder Ieronymos was born in the village of Reïz-Dere in the Krini region of Asia Minor in 1871 to poor but devout parents, Nikolaos and Maria Diakoyiorgis. The village was wholly Christian and lay five kilometres to the north-east of Alatsata and two...

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Father Gavriil Tsafos (1944-2018), the Elder of Joy

Father Gavriil Tsafos (1944-2018), the Elder of Joy

On Wednesday, 1 August, at the beginning of the fast for Our Most Holy Lady, whom he loved so much, Archimandrite Gavriil Tsafos, the parish priest of the pilgrimage church of Saint Andreas, in Leukosias Street in the Archdiocese of Athens, fell asleep in the Lord. Father Gavriil (baptized Yeoryios)...

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Archimandrite Agathangelos Mikhaïlidis-Xenofontinos (1908-1991)

Archimandrite Agathangelos Mikhaïlidis-Xenofontinos (1908-1991)

Elder Moses the Athonite Athanasios Mikhailidis, as he was known in the world, was born in 1908, in Cappadocia, in the village of Moutalaski, to Victoria and Michael Mikhailidis. The village that Blessed Savvas the Sanctified was from. As he himself said, his childhood was marked by great poverty, loss...

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In Honour and Memory of Archimandrite Placide (Deseille) Simonopetritis

In Honour and Memory of Archimandrite Placide (Deseille) Simonopetritis

On 11 January, the funeral was held for Archimandrite Placide Deseille at the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in Saint Laurent en Royans, France, a dependency of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras on the Holy Mountain, where Père Placide had been tonsured as an Orthodox monk. He...

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Père Placide Deseille has gone to his rest in the Lord

Père Placide Deseille has gone to his rest in the Lord

At one o’clock, midday, on 7 January (2018), the day when the Orthodox Church honours the Synaxis of the Honourable Forerunner, Archimandrite Placide Deseille departed this life at the age of 91. Born on 16 April, 1926, in Issy-les-Moulineaux, in France, Père Placide became a monk at the Cistercian monastery...

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