Venerable Athanasius of mount Athos

Saint Nikolai Velimirovch

Athanasius was born in Trebizond of God-fearing parents. He became orphaned at an early age but, by the Providence of God, a commander took him under his care and brought him to Constantinople to be educated. Because of his meekness and humbleness, he was the favorite of his peers. During the children’s games, the children chose one to be an emperor, one a commander and Athanasius as abbot as though it was some kind of foretelling! Having completed his education, Athanasius (who before tonsuring was called Abraham) withdrew into the desert of Maleinos near Athos, the Holy Mountain, where he lived the life of an ascetic as a disciple of the then renowned Michael Maleinos. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

No word mincing: Even if it was true that public property was awarded to Vatopedi as a gift, it would have been a proper reward!

by Spyros Mpazinas


VatopediFriend: A very apt reply to the lies spread by those servile to the IMF (and not only to this organization). A must read…

There was no forthright and honest truth ever been told about the Vatopedi case, even by those who regarded it as part of their family and thought they had a duty to defend it. Yes, I dare expose this omission because I regard this as my sacred duty. Very few people have publicly conceded that even if the monks had done what they have been accused of, we would still have a duty to defend them, just as one defends his father or his brother no matter what they have done.  read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Ιερά Μονή Μεγίστης Λαύρας – The Holy Monastery of the Great Lavra

Η Ιερά Μονή Μεγίστης Λαύρας. Πανοραμική εξωτερική άποψη. A panoramic view of the Holy Monastery of the Great Lavra.

Η Ιερά Μονή Μεγίστης Λαύρας. Πανοραμική εξωτερική άποψη. A panoramic view of the Holy Monastery of the Great Lavra.

Ιδρύθηκε από τον άναμορφωτή του αθωνικού μοναχισμού, όσιο Αθανάσιο τον επονομασθέντα Αθωνίτη, περί το 963, με δαπάνες του αυτοκράτορα Νικηφόρου Φωκα. Έχει τά πρωτεία στην τάξη των αγιορείτικων μονών και πρόκειται για ένα από τα μεγαλύτερα οικοδομικά συγκροτήματα του Αγίου Όρους. Ο βασικός πυρήνας του Καθολικού της οικοδομήθηκε από τον Όσιο, περί το έτος 1000. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »