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Ieronymos of Aegina

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[[Image:Elder_Ieronymos_Patmos.jpg|thumb|right|Elder Ieronymos of Aegina]]
Blessed Elder Saint '''Ieronymos of Aegina''' was born Vasilios Basil Apostolides in 1883 Karvali (in the village of Galyveriancient times, Karbala), Cappadocia, in Asia Minor. His pious parentsor Güzelyurt (Gelveri, Kelveri), Anastasios and ElizabethTurkey, had six childrenin 1883. As a boy he He was deeply impressed by the fervent [[prayer]]s of both ordained in his mother native land and served as a deacon at the secret [[ascetic]]s who lived in the cave-churches Church of Turkish-occupied CappadociaSt. As a young man he was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] by [[Metropolitan]] Sophronios of Amisos George in Asia MinorConstantinople. Later, he visited With the Holy Land exchange of populations between Greece and stayed for nine months in Turkey that was arranged at the Monastery Treaty of St. John the Forerunner near Lausanne in the River Jordan. On his return1920s, he served found himself in Greece as a refugee, eventually ending up, after his ordination as a deacon hieromonk in 1923, on the Church island of StAegina. George in [[Constantinople]] He became known as a gifted confessor, where he was long remembered for his holinessa healer, his zealserving as a hospital chaplain, and his wonderful voiceas a clairvoyant. The [[w In 1940, he returned to the Church (Old) Calendar, stating:Population exchange between “The Church of Greece , by changing the festal calendar, has become diseased, a change that was the beginning and Turkey|Exchange cause of Populations]] in 1922 brought Frmany evil things. Ieronymos” Without condemning anyone, and avoiding factionalism, as well as millions he lived out the rest of his fellow Greekslife as a monastic hermit, considered by all, Old and New Calendarists alike, back to Greece as refugeesbe a saint. He reposed in 1966, and his funeral was served by Metropolitan Akakios of Attica and Diavleia, ending the 2000-year-old Greek Christian civilization in Asia Minoroldest living bishop of the Old Calendar Church.
After suffering for two months from a painful disease, he died in an Athens hospital on Sunday [[October 3]], 1966, at 12:33pm.<ref group="note">"The time was exactly 12:33 in the afternoon, Sunday October 3, (October 16 n.s.), the feast of Saint [[Dionysius the Areopagite]], 1966." (''Botsis, p.248'')</ref> His funeral service was presided over by Metropolitan Akakios of Attica and Diavleia, and his [[relics]] repose in his [[Skete]] of the Annunciation (Evangelismos) above the town of Aegina. On September 5/18, 2014, Blessed Saint Ieronymos was glorified a saint by the [[Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece]].
* [ Official Declaration of the Sanctity of St. Ieronymos of Aegina], by St. Gregory Palamas Monastery, Etna, CA.
* [ Life of Elder Ieronymos: A Brief Life of Righteous Elder Ieronymos of Aegina (+1966)] from ''Evlogeite! A Pilgrim's Guide to Greece'' by Mother Nectaria (McLees), pp. 72-76.
* Peter Botsis. ''Elder Ieronymos of Aegina.'' Transl. [[Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Transfiguration Monastery]]. Boston, Massachusetts, 2007. 352pp. ISBN 9780943405148<br>

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