Posted 11 September 2007 - 12:29 PM
(I'm not sure if this is actually the right area for it, but there seem to be a few precedents, so I'll chance it.)
Posted 12 September 2007 - 04:34 AM
Elder Philotheos Zervakos
Elder Joseph the Hesychast
Elders Paisi Olaru, Arsenie Noica, Arsenie Boca, Cleopa, Iustin of Romania
Elder Ioann Krestiankin
Elders Ephraim, Arsenius, Haralambos, Athanasius, Joseph, and Ephraim
and many more...
orthodoxengland.org and orthodoxphotos.com have some great resources.
Posted 13 September 2007 - 09:26 AM
Fr Ciprian of Sihastria monastery
Fr Vasillios of Birth of the Mother of God monastery in Agia Napa
Fr Savvas of Cyprus
Fr Zacharias and Symeon of St John the Baptist monastery in Essex England
Fr Raphael Noica in Alba Iulia
Fr Chrysostomos of Kentish Town England
Fr Teofil Pararian of Sambata de Sus monastery in Romania
Mother Siluana in Romania
main priest of St Cyprian's church in Bucharest Romania
Fr Ireneu of Antim monastery Romania.
Fr Michael of St Parascheva church in Basarab, Bucharest Romania
The above are all alive from my knowledge
Fr Dometie of Rimets monastery in Romania (deceased, awaiting canonisation)
Fr George Calciu (Deceased)
Fr Taidi of Milkovo monastery Serbia (Deceased)
Posted 14 September 2007 - 04:58 AM
Elder Demetrius of Trikala (1902-1975)
Hieromonk Kosmas of Zaire (1942-1989)
Elder Amphilochius of Patmos (+1970)
Elder Philotheos of Paros (1884-1980)
Eldress Macrina of Volos (1921-1995)
Elder Gervasius of Patras (1877-1964)
Elder Paisius the New of Mt Athos (1924-1994)
Elder Joseph the Hesychast (1898-1959)
Elder George of Drama (1901-1959)
Blessed Stavritsa the Missionary (1916-2000)
Elder Epiphanius of Athens (+1989)
Elder Porphyrius of Kavsokalyvia and Kallisa (1906-1991)
Elder Iacovos of Euboea (1920-1991)
According to the feature article in the calendar, “Contemporary Ascetics of Mt Athos”, a two-volume set in English, derived from the original ten-volume set compiled by Archimandrite Cherubim was published some 15 years ago. The article also gives a list of biographies in English of the following elders, the titles being:
Elder Paisius of the Holy Mountain (publ: Holy Mountain Press, Mt Athos, 1998)
Elder Joseph the Hesychast
The Blessed Elder George Karslides
Elder Gervasios of Patras
The Garden of the Holy Spirit: Elder Iakovos of Evia
Apostle to Zaire: Father Kosmas of Gregoriou
A general overview of lives and teachings of some of the elders can be found in Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit (Protecting Veil Press, Thessalonica, 2003)
The calendar also has short biographies of the featured elders.
Posted 14 September 2007 - 10:54 AM
Posted 14 September 2007 - 12:22 PM
Andreas makes an interesting point, and I guess I should have started the thread by asking for a definition of "Elder". Certainly I was (of course pleasantly) surprised by the number of elders that have evidently been given to the Church in recent times.
Posted 14 September 2007 - 12:28 PM
Posted 14 September 2007 - 01:12 PM
Are there really so many elders? Should we not be clear as to what we mean by 'elder'? There is a difference between an experienced spiritual father who can explain and give guidance as to the spiritual life and be well known for so doing, and an elder who can 'guide the guides' and is such a bearer of the Holy Spirit that he has unusual gifts such as clairyoyance. The Troitse Sergieva Lavra has a number of excellent spiritual fathers but only one elder.
Part of the confusion may come from how in Greek monasticism the word for elder is applied freely to any monastic. I recall on Mt Athos a layman walking up the steep (very steep) path to Simonos Petras with me and referring in Greek to an 'elder'. I assumed he meant he wanted to meet the Elder at the monastery. Then I realized he was referring to me and using the word elder almost like we would speak to any priest and say Father. It took me back for awhile until I understood.
But I understand Andreas' point. I think this is what is happening naturally in the west as we make a distinction between a grace filled elder and a spiritual father. Although obviously the former is also the latter.
In Christ- Fr Raphael
Posted 14 September 2007 - 01:25 PM
I wonder if we so want there to be elders that we are tempted to see them where they are not?
Maybe it's that we are looking for fulfillment of our imaginary expectations. ie 'Elders' who fulfill all our deepest 'spiritual' expectations. Of course the whole dimension of humility, trial and obedience disappears from this vision of what a spiritual father or elder actually is.
We need to keep firmly in mind with fear & trembling that even the most saintly elders have had those who hated them due to 'unfulfilled expectations.' I wonder if this demon doesn't prey at least in potential on every spiritual relationship.
In Christ- Fr Raphael
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