We are all Athonite monks!

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The website of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Dalmatia offers on its English page a translation of an interview with Abbot Ephraim of Vatopedi monastery. The translation is a little rough around the edges but interesting to read nonetheless. The abbot gives brief answers to a variety of questions. For instance, in his reply to a question about Russian chant he says: 

“Contemporary Russian chant is not ancient. Old unison Russian chant is more prayerful. Byzantine chant is more pleasant and spiritual. But, chant is of secondary importance; the most important is – a clean heart.”

Or when asked about the conflicts between the Greek and Russian monks on Mt. Athos:

“Because of man’s infirmity, some conflicts really did occur. There are some silly Greeks, and silly Russians. As Father Ephraim said, that kind of people collide, but there is love among Russian, Serbian, Greek people and all inhabitants of Mount Athos. There is real life in Christ also.”

In that same manner, he gives a simple answer to the occurrence of miracles on Mt. Athos:

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe. Some time ago a miracle has occurred in a Bulgarian monastery Zograf. Namely, an icon was miraculously taken by St. Martyr George to one of the monastery churches. But the greatest miracle is – the Church with Her Holy Mysteries.” Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Ιερα Μονή Αγίου Παντελεήμονος – The Holy Monastery of Saint Panteleimon

Η Ιερά Μονή Αγίου Παντελεήμονος. Εξωτερική άποψη. Holy Monastery of Saint Panteleimon. External view.

Η Ιερά Μονή Αγίου Παντελεήμονος. Εξωτερική άποψη. Holy Monastery of Saint Panteleimon. External view.

Ιδρύθηκε πριν το τέλος του 10ου αι. στη ορεινή θέση όπου σήμερα το λεγόμενο «Παλιομονάστηρο». Λεγόταν και Μονή «του Θεσσαλονικέως». Φαίνεται ότι από πολύ νωρίς συνηθιζόταν να μονάζουν σ΄ αυτήν και ρώσοι μοναχοί. Το 1765 άρχισε η εγκατάλειψη της παλαιάς Μονής και η ίδρυση της νέας στην παραλία. Το κύριο κτηριακό συγκρότημα οικοδομήθηκε περί τις αρχές του 19ου αι. με χρηματοδότηση του ηγεμόνα της Μολδοβλαχίας Σκαρλάτου Καλλιμάχη. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Ιερα Μονή Φιλοθέου – The Holy Monastery of Filotheou

Η Ιερά Μονή Καρακάλλου. Πανοραμική εξωτερική άποψη. Holy Monastery of Filotheou. A panorama view.

Η Ιερά Μονή Φιλοθέου. Πανοραμική εξωτερική άποψη. Holy Monastery of Filotheou. A panorama view.

Πρώτη αναφορά της Μονής γίνεται σε έγγραφο του 1013, όταν ονομαζόταν «Μονή της Πτέρης» Δύο έτη αργότερα αναφέρεται με το σημερινό όνομά της, το οποίο φαίνεται να είναι το όνομα του κτήτορα. Κατά το 16ο αι., ηγούμενος της ήταν ο άγιος Διονύσιος ο οποίος αργότερα ίδρυσε τη Μονή του Αγίου Διονυσίου στον Όλυμπο. Στη Φιλοθέου μόνασε κατά το 18ο αι. και ο πολύς, άγιος Κοσμάς ο Αιτωλός. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Ιερα Μονή Κουτλουμουσίου – The Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou

Η Ιερά Μονή Κουτλουμουσίου. Εσωτερική άποψη από την  Πύλη της Μονής. Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou. Internal view from the Gate of the Monastery.

Η Ιερά Μονή Κουτλουμουσίου. Εσωτερική άποψη από την Πύλη της Μονής. Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou. Internal view from the Gate of the Monastery.

Ιδρύθηκε πριν το 1169, έτος κατά το οποίο μνημονεύεται για πρώτη φορά. Κατά δεύτερρο μισό του 14 αι., όταν ηγούμενος ήταν ο Χαρίτων ο Ίμβριος, η Μονή ενισχύθηκε πολύ και ανακαινίσθηκε με δαπάνες των μονών των παραδουνάβιων περιοχών. Αν και ο Χαρίτων έγινε μητροπολίτης Ουγγροβλαχίας το 1372, συνέχισε να ηγουμενεύει στο Κουτλουμούσι, ευεργετώντας το και ρυθμίζοντας τις σχέσεις των ελλήνων και των ρουμάνων πού μόναζαν στη Μονή. Το Καθολικόν, τιμώμενο στη Μεταμόρφωση του Σωτήρος, κτίσθηκε κατά το β΄ μισό του 14ου αι. Και τοιχογραφήθηκε έναν αιώνα αργότερα. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Papoulakis, Saint Joachim of Vatopaidi (12)

Continuued from (11)

by the Blessed Elder Joseph οf Vatopaidi

THE TRANSLATION OF HIS RELICS

As was proper and natural, the place of Saint Joachim’s spiritual birth assumed the duty of bringing to light and honoring its saintly offspring. In 1991, the Abbot of Vatopaidi Monastery, Archimandrite Ephraim, and fathers of the Monastery went to Ithaki and, with the help of the inhabitants of the island, identified the place of the Saint’s grave. They arranged with the Metropolitan Bishop of the diocese for the translation* of the Saint’s relics on May 23 of the following year, 1992. News of this forthcoming event soon became known to the people of Ithaki, as well as to the faithful throughout all of Greece.

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Papoulakis, Saint Joachim of Vatopaidi (11)

Continued from (10)

by the Blessed Elder Joseph οf Vatopaidi

THE SAINT’S REPOSE

On March 1,1868, blessed Papoulakis was resting on his hard mat at the home of a Christ-loving man named H. Paizi Lianou in Vathy. He peacefully and calmly foretold that he was preparing for his eternal journey. Lying on his scanty mat on the floor, and now completely exhausted, he refused all food. His friend Maratos the doctor visited him and asked if there was anything that he needed or that he could do for him. The Elder replied, «There is nothing that I need; I’m getting ready to depart.» He called for the devout and virtuous priest-monk Agapios to draw near him for the last time. Having confessed, he then became silent, waiting to give over his spirit to its Maker whom he so loved and to whom he had devoted his entire life.

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Papoulakis, Saint Joachim of Vatopaidi (10)

Continued from (9)

by the Blessed Elder Joseph οf Vatopaidi

Agios Ioakeim Papoulakis

Olga Sophianou of Kionio recounts that a fellow villager of hers, an older woman named Garoupho, lived alone without any human consolation. Papoulakis felt sorry for her and would go regularly to visit her. A neighbor, however, began slandering her out of envy, saying that she was having a sinful relationship with the Saint. The woman heard these tales and became very upset, but she continued to welcome Papoulakis, without telling him anything, and also offering him food as always. The Saint received information by the grace of God, and told the old lady Garoupho, «Do not be sad. Mitsalou, who falsely accused us, will get ‘the carboni’ (i.e., bad pimple) inside the nose, and no one will be able to greet her besause it will stink». And indeed it came to pass just as the Saint had said.

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Olga Sophianou tells us that a certain woman in Kionio violated the fast days of the Church. One Friday, as she was cooking meat, the Saint passed by her house and asked if she was cooking something. Out of shame before Papoulakis, she lied, saying that she was cooking only vegetables. The holy man instructed her, «Open the pot with the food.» She opened it and found the meat full of worms. Thus the Saint taught her in a practical way not to violate the fast.

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Papoulakis, Saint Joachim of Vatopaidi (9)

Continued from (8)

by the Blessed Elder Joseph οf Vatopaidi

Agios Ioakeim Papoulakis

K. Koutsouvelis from Kionio recounted that a certain man from Anogi had been nurturing a bitter hatred for a fellow villager of his, for reasons of honor. Unable to free himself from this passion, he was thinking about taking the man’s life and was already planning in his mind how to carrying it out. No one suspected his intentions, and perhaps even the intended victim had no idea of his dis¬position. One day he was informed that his enemy was in Stavros, and that during the night he would be returning to Anogi. He saw this as a suitable opportunity to wait in ambush in a hidden place, and the moment the man passed by, he would shoot him with his gun. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

PRESENTATION OF ARCHIMANDRITE GABRIEL VUCKOVIC’S BOOK «SPIRITUAL CONVERSATIONS» ON RADIO SVETIGORA IN SERBIA

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Spiritual Conversations via Skype, the book by Archimandrite Gabriel Vuckovic, was recently published. This book is specific, and unique in spiritual literature, and it is also exceptionally graphically endowed. Color photographs are taken by Darko Radanovic, and Graphics Editor is Dragi Savicevic.
Guest in our studio is Radomir Vucic, the journalist from Republic of Srpska TV Station, who got a blessing from Father Gabriel to present the book to the public. The book begins with the letter written by Archimandrite Gabriel to Metropolitan Jovan of Zagreb, Ljubljana and All-Italy, in which Father Gabriel asked Metropolitan Jovan to bless the book publishing. Additionally, the following had been written:

“The Most Reverend, I am very astonished that your nearly prophetic words, with which you gave us the blessing to purchase a computer for Monastery Lepavina, predicted a form of missionary work in the times burdened by enormous spiritual emptiness in the souls of our people. To me, an Abbot, this seemed unlikely at the time; however, through the Glory of our Lord, and with a help of the Holy Theotokos of Lepavina, those words helped me to, after working hard and learning about computer technology, peacefully converse with believers; it helped me to answer the questions of those who are seeking for spiritual advice and moralities, those who seek to drink at least a drop of the water from life-giving springs, and those who are starving for the Word of God.

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A simple biomedical presentation of the first miracle of Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi (Mount Athos), who smiled 45 minutes after his death.

Part 1. The contemporary situation.

The present contribution describes a miracle that, as far as we know, is almost unheard of in the entire history of Christianity. A dead person (Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi) smiled. Impressive is the fact, that this smile occurred 45 minutes after his death. This is photographically documented. There have been reported a lot of miracles with dead persons (prophets, saints, e.t.c.). But almost never before did occur a miracle like the one that happened on July 1, 2009 in the Holy Great Monastery of Vatopaidi (Mount Athos, Greece)

Since many months, the spiritual family of Elder Joseph (namely the Brotherhood of the Holy Great Monastery of Vatopaidi and especially Abbot Ephraim) suffers a unique, for our days, persecution. The latter consists of all kinds of lies and slander. Every father is sad, when his children are acused. But he is much more sad, when the acusations are faulty. Elder Joseph, being the spiritual father of this family, suffered from this persecution as well. But where sin abounded (in this case the unjust and systematic persecution of the Vatopaidi Brotherhood and of Abbot Ephraim by the pathetic watchdogs of the New World Order), grace did much more aboud (in this case the smile from eternity) (Apostle Paul, Letter to Romans, chapter 5, vers 20). Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Why’s the smile of elder Joseph of Vatopedi from eternity?

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Honorable Mr. Papanikolaou,

A few hours after the entombment of elder Joseph, you posted at your website an article with the title «Funeral of Blessed Elder Joseph of Vatopedi – A Smile From Eternity«, describing in a few words the event aided by a few pictures. [transl’s note: original greek article] Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Papoulakis, Saint Joachim of Vatopaidi (8)

Continued from (7)

by the Blessed Elder Joseph οf Vatopaidi

Agios Ioakeim Papoulakis

Being clairvoyant, the Elder knew what happened, and when the boy returned, Papoulakis repeated exactly the same words Abbot Agapios had used to «press» him: «Eat Dimitris. All day long grinding grain; in the evening we eat the bread.’ » The boy shook with fear, because Papoulakis always admonished him to fast on Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition, as Dimitris was leaving after having delivered the letter, Dimitrios Paxinos, a resident of Lefki, gave him twelve pears for the Elder and four for himself. The boy was holding the pears in a kerchief, and before he said anything, Papoulakis opened the cloth, took twelve pears on his own, and left the four for the boy. He did this without saying a word, simultaneously correcting him for his violation of the fast. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Papoulakis, Saint Joachim of Vatopaidi (7)

Continued from (6)

by the Blessed Elder Joseph οf Vatopaidi

Agios Ioakeim Papoulakis

VARIOUS MIRACLES OF SAINT JOACHIM

A woman named Roza, of the Petalas family, was married in Akarnania. Her husband suffered from atrophy of his right arm, and this evoked repugnance within his insensitive spouse who openly expressed her revulsion for the afflicted man. After some time, however, she herself became ill with a more serious sickness, myelitis, which brought about a paralysis of the lower members of her body. Unable to raise herself from bed, she was moved from Akarnania to her paternal home in Exogi in order for her mother to take care of her. For three full years she suffered terribly, beyond any hope of human help. Realizing now the seriousness of her prior inappropriate behavior toward her spouse, she detested herself, recognizing that because of her callousness she had been abandoned to this chastisement by God. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Papoulakis, Saint Joachim of Vatopaidi (6)

Continued from (5)

by the Blessed Elder Joseph οf Vatopaidi

Agios Ioakeim Papoulakis

It is feasible for a person to know things and facts about the world through scientific research and comparison; but to penetrate into the heart of a spiritual person is not only unfeasible, it is impossible. Only if he himself wants it to be revealed will it become known. This mystery of the interior world of every human being is what the Lord was referring to when he said, «two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left» (Matt. 24:40). Divine Providence was now calling blessed Elder Joachim Papoulakis to enlighten and purify others as well, since he had arrived at perfection by means of the strict practical life he had lived, becoming «taught by God» (Jn. 6:45), «bringing out of his treasure things new and old» (Matt. 13:52). Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Papoulakis, Saint Joachim of Vatopaidi (5)

Continued from (4)

by Elder Joseph οf Vatopaidi

Agios Ioakeim Papoulakis

HIS RETURN TO HESYCHIA

When the tempest of the war subsided by the mercy of God, though only after a multitude of casualties in the liberation of the nation, blessed Joachim Papoulakis withdrew to his beloved hesychia. However, he did not return to Athos and Vatopaidi, the monastery of his repentance, but preferred instead the quiet areas of the land of his birth, Ithaki; but this was not by human design. Holy men always speak and act «not by their own will, but as they are moved by the Holy Spirit» (see 2 Peter 1:21). This devout athlete in the spiritual arena and instrument for the twofold love of God and man not only always disregarded his own interest, but also directed his every action to the benefit of the people; this was his reason for residing outside of Athos. Throughout the entire course of his lifelong struggle, according to those who knew him, he always linked compassion for others with his own personal asceticism. This is why he preferred to live the hesychastic life within the world, binding together these two callings. Having arrived in Ithaki, he chose to reside in the forest called Aphentikos Longos, meaning «Master’s Thicket.» He remained there for about five years in strict asceticism, barefoot and half-naked, living in fasting and hardships. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Papoulakis, Saint Joachim of Vatopaidi (4)

Continued from (3)

by Elder Joseph οf Vatopaidi

Agios Ioakeim Papoulakis

JOHN’S NEW WAY OF LIFE

John was now a novice at Vatopaidi. Although he was quite young, he was not ignorant of worldly vanity. He began working at a very early age and, because of his profession, had travelled about the various ports of trade of that time. He came into direct contact with life’s realities; consequently, he had no juvenile and dreamy fantasies about the world like others his age. For him, this was a solid base for the beginning of his new life, because he had acquired many spoils that would be useful in the upcoming combat and battles of the invisible warfare that the monastic life entails. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Papoulakis, Saint Joachim of Vatopaidi (3)

Continued from (2)

by Elder Joseph οf Vatopaidi

Agios Ioakeim Papoulakis

 

FORWARD TO ENGLISH EDITION SAINT JOACHIM PAPOULAKIS

It is good to guard the secret of a king, but gloriously to reveal the works of God.

Tobit 12:7

Once again we shall be speaking about the good testimony of the wonders of God, Who throughout the entire expanse of time has shown Himself to be «wondrous in His saints» (Ps. 67:36 LXX). In the illustrious Monastery of Vatopaidi, one of the monasteries of saint-bearing Athos, we find the spiritual birthplace of our blessed and newly-revealed father Joachim — whom we shall be extolling in these pages — whose luminous and marvelous life illumines our lukewarm and humanistic generation.  Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Papoulakis, Saint Joachim of Vatopaidi (2)

Continued from (1)

by Elder Joseph οf Vatopaidi

Agios Ioakeim Pappoulakis 2

To the Very Reverend Abbot Archimandrite Εphraim And the other venerable Fathers of the Holy, Royal, Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of Vatopaidi on the Holy Mountain, children in the Lord beloved of our humble self, Grace be to you, venerable fathers, and peace from God.

Based on the material submitted by you, beloved and venerable fathers, and on the relative report from our Canonical Commission, which were reviewed in the council of our Holy and Sacred Synod, the Monk Joachim Papoulakis of Vatopaidi from Ithaki – whose blessed life and conduct were distinguished by a genuine Orthodox way of thinking and by a great contribution to the Church – is hereby numbered among the Blessed Ones and Saints of the Church. His commemoration is appointed for the 2nd of March each year, whereas that of the translation of his relics for the 23rd of May. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Papoulakis, Saint Joachim of Vatopaidi (1)

Elder Joseph οf Vatopaidi

Agios Ioakeim Pappoulakis 2

HOLY GREAT MONASTERY OF VATOPAIDI MOUNT ATHOS 2005

PAPOULAKIS

SAINT JOACHIM OF VATOPAIDI

© Holy Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, Mount Athos, Greece 2005

All rights reserved. Printed in Greece.

Translated from the second Greek edition of

© Holy Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, Mount Athos 1998

 

PROLOGUE

While exploring the inexhaustible library of our Monastery, a book printed in 1902 fell quite unexpectedly into our hands. It bore the title The Life and Acts of our Blessed Father Joachim of Ithaki and was written by a physician from Ithaki named Panos D. Raftopoulos. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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