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early age and was reared by his grandmother and aunt. He had a burning
 
early age and was reared by his grandmother and aunt. He had a burning
 
desire to become a monk and serve the Church in the Holy Land. He came
 
desire to become a monk and serve the Church in the Holy Land. He came
to
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to Palestine in 1928 and remained there until his death, 1991 at the age of
Palestine in 1928 and remained there until his death, 1991 at the age of
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78 years old. He served the Church of Jerusalem with great devotion at various
78
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places and positions for 63 years. His last 50 years he was the spiritual
years old. He served the Church of Jerusalem with great devotion at
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various
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places and positions for 63 years. His last 50 years he was the
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spiritual
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father and resident priest at the monastery for women, Saints Mary and
 
father and resident priest at the monastery for women, Saints Mary and
 
Martha, sisters of Lazarus in Bethany, a suburb of Jerusalem.
 
Martha, sisters of Lazarus in Bethany, a suburb of Jerusalem.
 
 
While in Palestine he befriended King Abdullah. In July 1951 the king
 
While in Palestine he befriended King Abdullah. In July 1951 the king
 
made a pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Omar at Jerusalem with his
 
made a pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Omar at Jerusalem with his
grandson
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grandson Prince Hussein. The prince was a very young man at that time. While in
Prince Hussein. The prince was a very young man at that time. While in
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Jerusalem King Abdullah was assassinated. Father Theodosios was present,
 
Jerusalem King Abdullah was assassinated. Father Theodosios was present,
 
 
accompanying the king. He immediately took the young prince under his
 
accompanying the king. He immediately took the young prince under his
 
cassock (Rasson) and brought him to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of
 
cassock (Rasson) and brought him to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of
 
Jerusalem. The prince was hidden there. Fr. Theodosios reported the
 
Jerusalem. The prince was hidden there. Fr. Theodosios reported the
 
Patriarch about the tragedy of the assassination of King Abdullah and
 
Patriarch about the tragedy of the assassination of King Abdullah and
was
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was greatly concerned for the safety and life of the young prince. The
greatly concerned for the safety and life of the young prince. The
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Patriarch, before the rebels cut off the phones, placed a call to the
 
Patriarch, before the rebels cut off the phones, placed a call to the
 
Jordanian authorities that the young prince is alive and hidden in a
 
Jordanian authorities that the young prince is alive and hidden in a
safe
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safe place in the Orthodox Patriarchate. The Jordanian government sent
place in the Orthodox Patriarchate. The Jordanian government sent
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appropriate officials to the Patriarchate and took the young prince
 
appropriate officials to the Patriarchate and took the young prince
under
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under the protection of Jordan. For that reason King Hussein always was indebted
the protection of Jordan.
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For that reason King Hussein always was indebted
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to the Elder Theodosios for saving his life. He visited often the simple
 
to the Elder Theodosios for saving his life. He visited often the simple
 
 
monk Theodosios in his monastery in Bethany. When later the prince
 
monk Theodosios in his monastery in Bethany. When later the prince
became
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became king he continued to have close relations and visit him at the monastery
king he continued to have close relations and visit him at the monastery
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and Fr. Theodosios had an easy access to the king's palace. Fr.Theodosios
 
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and Fr. Theodosios had an easy access to the king's palace. Fr.
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Theodosios
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was able to enter the palace at any time. He helped numerous people
 
was able to enter the palace at any time. He helped numerous people
through
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through his good word to the king. The king requested the Patriarch to elevate
his good word to the king. The king requested the Patriarch to elevate
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him to the Episcopate. Elder Theodosios was elected by the synod three times
him
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to be elevated but he refused the honor. He chose to remain a simple monk
to the Episcopate. Elder Theodosios was elected by the synod three times
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to serve the nuns at the monastery of Martha and Mary. He was well known
to
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be elevated but he refused the honor. He chose to remain a simple monk
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to
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serve the nuns at the monastery of Martha and Mary. He was well known
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throughout the region for his love and charity for all people without
 
throughout the region for his love and charity for all people without
 
regard of religion or race. He loved all people without distinction and
 
regard of religion or race. He loved all people without distinction and
 
dedicated to charity and the service of justice. When I was in Jerusalem
 
dedicated to charity and the service of justice. When I was in Jerusalem
 
 
for the month of January 1986 on a mission of study and dialogue with
 
for the month of January 1986 on a mission of study and dialogue with
Jews
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Jews and Muslims I had the honor to meet Fr. Theodosios. I visited him in the
and Muslims I had the honor to meet Fr. Theodosios. I visited him in the
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monastery and he told me the story. He also told me that whenever the
 
monastery and he told me the story. He also told me that whenever the
king
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king greeted him as a sign of respect the king opened his palm for him to
greeted him as a sign of respect the king opened his palm for him to
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kiss, whereas the other people kissed the back of his hand. This is a
kiss,
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remarkable story of friendship of a simple monk and a king, a Greek Orthodox
whereas the other people kissed the back of his hand. This is a
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Christian and the other a Muslim. Father Theodosios dedicated his entire life to
remarkable
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story of friendship of a simple monk and a king, a Greek Orthodox
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Christian
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and the other a Muslim. Father Theodosios dedicated his entire life to
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protect the shrines and people who live in Palestine that he loved so
 
protect the shrines and people who live in Palestine that he loved so
much.
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much. Especially he was honored for saving the life of the future king from
Especially he was honored for saving the life of the future king from
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certain death. This is a great example for all people to follow, that is,
certain death.
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This is a great example for all people to follow, that is,
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to love all and protect the life of all regardless of religious
 
to love all and protect the life of all regardless of religious
 
affiliation, nationality or race. All people are people of God created
 
affiliation, nationality or race. All people are people of God created
in
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in His image. I was blessed to have known the Blessed Elder Theodosios. All
His image. I was blessed to have known the Blessed Elder Theodosios. All
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must emulate his example of love and respect for the other.
 
must emulate his example of love and respect for the other.
  
 
Credits: (c) 2005 Hellenic News of America, Inc. - All Rights Reserved
 
Credits: (c) 2005 Hellenic News of America, Inc. - All Rights Reserved

Revision as of 16:20, February 10, 2005

 

In 1951 Father Theodosios Makkos saved the life of Prince Hussein who

later became king of Jordan. Father Theodosios was born in Smyrna, Asia Minor, present day Turkey, on July 11, 1913. He became an orphan at an early age and was reared by his grandmother and aunt. He had a burning desire to become a monk and serve the Church in the Holy Land. He came to Palestine in 1928 and remained there until his death, 1991 at the age of 78 years old. He served the Church of Jerusalem with great devotion at various places and positions for 63 years. His last 50 years he was the spiritual father and resident priest at the monastery for women, Saints Mary and Martha, sisters of Lazarus in Bethany, a suburb of Jerusalem. While in Palestine he befriended King Abdullah. In July 1951 the king made a pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Omar at Jerusalem with his grandson Prince Hussein. The prince was a very young man at that time. While in Jerusalem King Abdullah was assassinated. Father Theodosios was present, accompanying the king. He immediately took the young prince under his cassock (Rasson) and brought him to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The prince was hidden there. Fr. Theodosios reported the Patriarch about the tragedy of the assassination of King Abdullah and was greatly concerned for the safety and life of the young prince. The Patriarch, before the rebels cut off the phones, placed a call to the Jordanian authorities that the young prince is alive and hidden in a safe place in the Orthodox Patriarchate. The Jordanian government sent appropriate officials to the Patriarchate and took the young prince under the protection of Jordan. For that reason King Hussein always was indebted to the Elder Theodosios for saving his life. He visited often the simple monk Theodosios in his monastery in Bethany. When later the prince became king he continued to have close relations and visit him at the monastery and Fr. Theodosios had an easy access to the king's palace. Fr.Theodosios was able to enter the palace at any time. He helped numerous people through his good word to the king. The king requested the Patriarch to elevate him to the Episcopate. Elder Theodosios was elected by the synod three times to be elevated but he refused the honor. He chose to remain a simple monk to serve the nuns at the monastery of Martha and Mary. He was well known throughout the region for his love and charity for all people without regard of religion or race. He loved all people without distinction and dedicated to charity and the service of justice. When I was in Jerusalem for the month of January 1986 on a mission of study and dialogue with Jews and Muslims I had the honor to meet Fr. Theodosios. I visited him in the monastery and he told me the story. He also told me that whenever the king greeted him as a sign of respect the king opened his palm for him to kiss, whereas the other people kissed the back of his hand. This is a remarkable story of friendship of a simple monk and a king, a Greek Orthodox Christian and the other a Muslim. Father Theodosios dedicated his entire life to protect the shrines and people who live in Palestine that he loved so much. Especially he was honored for saving the life of the future king from certain death. This is a great example for all people to follow, that is, to love all and protect the life of all regardless of religious affiliation, nationality or race. All people are people of God created in His image. I was blessed to have known the Blessed Elder Theodosios. All must emulate his example of love and respect for the other.

Credits: (c) 2005 Hellenic News of America, Inc. - All Rights Reserved

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