A big thank you and many claims by the prisoners‏ of the 6th wing at Korydallos Detention Centre

Prisoner Antonis Papadatos, representing the prisoners of the sixth wing at Korydallos Detention Centre, has sent a ‘thank you’ letter to Elder Efraim, expressing his gratitude to the Lord for sending him to them!

 The letter also refers to the problems the prisoners are facing, like crowded cells with more than 25 prisoners, the lack of cleanliness and the great dangers of catching diseases like typhus, cholera and tuberculosis.

‘In this letter we would like to publicly thank Elder Efraim for supporting us like a father with love and understanding but also for the sense of serenity which he has brought to us during the time of his detention. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Saint Nektarios Metropolitan of Pentapolis (Libya) and the Vatopedi Monastery (1st nocturn)

The previously unpublished letters which Saint Nektarios had sent to the Great and Holy Monastery of Vatopedi

by Andri Hatzikosta-Tofalidou

At the archives of Vatopedi monastery eleven previously unknown letters were discovered, written by Saint Nektarios Kefalas, Metropolitan of Pentapoleos, and popular Saint of Aigina.
In this article we will publish these letters. I would like to extend my warm thanks and gratitude to
a)    The most reverent Abbot of Vatopedi, Archimandrite Efrem,
b)    The blessed elder of Vatopedi, Joseph monk, who has given me the blessing to publish the letters read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Love humility above all…

Elder Efraim

When Christ lives within you, fear nothing. In order for Christ to live within you, much humility is needed. Mentally fall at His immaculate feet and weep, saying: “My Jesus, Thou alone art left for me in this humble life of mine as light and life. Show me Thy spiritual beauty, so that I may be filled with divine love and run after Thy myrrh and cry out, ‘My soul has cleaved to Thee, Thy right hand has helped me.’ Oh, my Jesus, when shall I come and appear before Thy face? When, O light of my soul, shall I see Thee and be filled and say, ‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!’”

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An exclusive interview by the Abbot of the Great and Holy Monastery of Vatopedi, Elder Efrem (16 May 2010)

to Yianna Papadakou

“Our meeting in 2006 was an initiative by Karamanlis”

Father Efrem unleashes both fire and meaningful messages against members of the Karamanlis government in an interview with the Kyrakatiki (Sunday) Elefterotypia, shortly before the final verdict of the investigating committee for the Vatopedi scandal.

He reveals that it was the then Prime Minster Karamanlis who had the initiative to meet with him at the Holy Mount Athos back in July 2006!However, he insists that the only subject of the discussion was the creation of the ‘Saint Gregorios Palamas’ Foundation. But, he avoids connecting the establishment of the Foundation at the Olympic land, even though its building plans had been in place since 2006, something the then Prime Minister knew about. read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

An open ended interview with monk Arsenios of Vatopedi (Sunday 16 May 2010)

by Sotiris Stathopoulos

Why did you make a statement to the investigating committee at this time?
In 2008, both Elder Efrem and I, just attended the investigative committee and handed over a memo, in which we had asked not testify as witnesses. They had then told us to wait outside. Eventually, we had left the building, under the impression that the committee had agreed not ask us to give a statement. Two years later though, today, when so many people continue to twist the truth, we decided that it is crucial that our position which is the only truth, be heard. All this time, so many things have been said about us without our permission, and we had been witnessing an unprecedented smear campaign which defamed the image of the Great and Holy Monastery of Vatopedi and its mission. read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

On the World and Family by Elder Ephraim

May an angel of God, my child, follow you and show you the path of God and of your salvation. Amen; so be it. I pray that God gives you health of soul, for this is a special gift of sonship which is bestowed only upon those souls that have been completely devoted to the worship and love of God.

The world attracts the youth like a magnet; worldly things have great power over the newly enlightened soul that just started to find its bearings and see its purpose in life and the duty calling him. «Friendship with the world is enmity with God. Whoever, therefore, wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.» [1] God has stored up pleausres for eternity, for both He and our soul are eternal. There is no comparison between the pleasures of the world and the pure pleasures of God.

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Letter in the press on Vatopedi Monastery

By Olga Konaris Kokkinos,

Everyone knows that when one is deliberately ignoring certain facts, one is equally guilty had he been falsifying them. And this is true of the press.
In the last twenty days, Cypriot papers have been isolating some quotations from a certain book written by Yeronta Iosif Vatopedinos regarding the virtue of obedience, and gave the false impression that “yerontas”, or elder, tries to take the position of Jesus in the monasteries, and that Jesus Himself is nowhere to be found! They also implied that, when Yerontas Efraim travels outside Ayio Oros , carrying with him the Ayia Zoni, of our Lady, for people to worship, he does so in order to promote his image as “The” elder and that  any donations offered by the faithful are misappropriated by the monastery.
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New examining committee for the Vatopedi Monastery

Το παρεκκλήσι της Αγίας Ζώνης και μέρος της Δυτικής Πτέρυγας (νέο αρχονταρίκι) της Ιεράς Μεγίστης Μονής του Βατοπαιδίου

Speaking personally, I would like to point out the following: PASOK requested the formation of a new examining committee on the Vatopedi issue after some peculiar, internal deliberations, which were caused by a group of house representatives. No one in the press asked why! The New Democratic party (ND) was right when it initially declared that it would not support this new move unless new evidence was provided. After being pressurized, the ND changed its stance and agreed on the formation of the committee without explaining the reason, on the condition that all the examining boards should not sit at the same time in order to prevent public opinion and house representatives from being exclusively preoccupied with the issue. Again no one in the press asked why. It is now obvious that behind the revival of this issue some people with great interests are hiding. Whoever had the opportunity to read Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »