Philotheos (Zervakos) of Paros
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- Blessed Elder Archimandrite Philotheos (Zervakos) was born 1884.
- He was from a small village of the Peloponese called Pakia and was given the name of Constantine at his Holy Baptism.
- From childhood he demonstrated an exceptional love for God.
- In 1912, April 22, Father Philotheos was ordained to the priesthood.
- He was ordained by Metropolitan Gabriel of Trifilia and Olympia.
- In 1924, he made an extensive pilgrimage to the Holy land and Egypt.
- This is all described in his book published in 1925 "Great and Wondrous Pilgrimages to Palestine and Sinai".
- In 1930, Elder Ierotheos reposed and Father Philotheos succeeded him as abbot of Longovarda.
- At this stage, Father Philotheos had the reputation of a Saint.
- In 1934, he makes another pilgrimage, this time to Constantinople.
- He founds the convent of the Theotokos "Myrtidiotissa" (of the Myrtle Tree) in Paros.
- 1976 - Writes an Apologetic.
- Addressed to Archimandrite Cyprian, Holy Monastery of Panagia Myrtidiotissa. Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Fili, is also the spiritual son of Eldress Myrtidiotissa.
- 1980 - Blessed Elder Philotheos (Zervakos) dies on the morning of May 8.
- His funeral was conducted by Archimandrite Dionysios of Simonopetra Monastery of Mt Athos.
- His relics were laid to rest at the convent in Paros, in a place that he chose beside the chapel dedicated to his spiritual mentor, Saint Nexktarios of Aegina November 9.
- He is classified as a Modern Orthodox Saint.
- Saint Nectarios of Aegina, 1846 - 1920.
- Saint 'Papa' Nicholas (Planas) of Athens, 1851 - 1932.
- Blessed Papa Dimitri Gagastathis, 1902 - 1975.
- The Blessed Elder Philotheos Zervakos by S Kementzentzidis, trans, by Palis and Chalice, Thessaloniki 1986.
- Blessed Elder Philotheos Zervakos by C. Cavarnos, Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Belmont MA 1993