THE FEAST OF ABBA GERASIMOS OF THE JORDAN AT THE PATRIARCHATE
On Thursday 4/17 March 2022, the Patriarchate celebrated the feast of our Father among the Saints Gerasimos of the Jordan.
On this day the Church commemorates that Saint Gerasimos came to the Holy Land from his hometown Myra of Lycia in AD 451. He strove in ascesis in various Monasteries of the Jordan desert and was distinguished for his utmost ascesis, fasting, humility and silence in spiritual cooperation with Saint Euthymius the Great.
For this reason, the desert monks asked him to become their spiritual Father and the Saint founded a Monastery of Kalamonos for them, where he received and guided a multitude of monks in the monastic life and many Christians in their life in Christ.
His commemoration was celebrated at the Monastery he founded with the Divine Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts, which was officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Isychios of Kapitolias, with the co-celebration of the Elder Dragoman Archimandrite Mattheos, Archimandrite Klaudios, Hieromonk Kyriakos, Archimandrite Demetrios and Hierodeacons Eulogios and Dositheos. The service was attended by monks, nuns and pilgrims from Greece and Cyprus.
The Episcopal entourage and the large congregation were offered a meal by the Hegoumen and renovator of the Monastery Archimandrite Chrysostom.