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[[Image:Elder_Ieronymos_Patmos.jpg|thumb|leftright|Elder Ieronymous Ieronymos of Aegina]]Saint '''Ieronymos of Aegina''' was born Basil Apostolides in Karvali (in ancient times, Karbala), Cappadocia, or Güzelyurt (Gelveri, Kelveri), Turkey, in 1883. He was ordained in his native land and served as a deacon at the Church of St. George in Constantinople. With the exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey that was arranged at the Treaty of Lausanne in the 1920s, he found himself in Greece as a refugee, eventually ending up, after his ordination as a hieromonk in 1923, on the island of Aegina. He became known as a gifted confessor, a healer, serving as a hospital chaplain, and as a clairvoyant. In 1940, he returned to the Church (Old) Calendar, stating: “The Church of Greece, by changing the festal calendar, has become diseased, a change that was the beginning and cause of many evil things.” Without condemning anyone, and avoiding factionalism, he lived out the rest of his life as a monastic hermit, considered by all, Old and New Calendarists alike, to be a saint. He reposed on October 3, 1966 (O.S.), and his funeral was served by the Old Calendarist Metropolitan Akakios of Attica and Diavleia.
{{CopyrightOn September 5/Temp Subpage}}{{Inprogress}}18, 2014, Saint Ieronymos was glorified a saint by the [[Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece]].
Blessed Elder '''Ieronymos (Apostolides) of Aegina''' was born Vasilios Apostolides in 1883 in the village of Galyveri, Cappadocia in Asia Minor. His pious parents, Anastasios and Elizabeth, had six children. As a boy he was deeply impressed by the fervent prayers of both his mother and the secret ascetics who lived in the cave-churches of Turkish-occupied Cappadocia. As a young man he was ordained deacon by Metropolitan Sophronios of Amisos in Asia Minor. Later, he visited the Holy Land and stayed for nine months in the Monastery of St. John the Forerunner near the River Jordan. On his return, he served as a deacon in the Church of St. George in Constantinople, where he was long remembered for his holiness, his zeal, and his wonderful voice. The Exchange of Populations in 1922 brought Fr. Ieronymos, as well as millions of his fellow Greeks, back to Greece as refugees, ending the two thousand-year-old Greek Christian civilization in Asia Minor.==Notes==<references group="note" />
Thus, just two years after ==Sources==* [ Official Declaration of the repose Sanctity of St. [[Nektarios Ieronymos of Aegina|Nektarios]], Deacon Vasilios arrived on Aegina, and became acquainted with a priest who was eventually consecrated Metropolitan Panteleimon of Karistia (Evoia)by St. The Metropolitan convinced Vasilios that he should accept the priesthoodGregory Palamas Monastery, and a year after his ordination he was tonsured a monkEtna, with the name CA.* [ Life of Elder Ieronymos, after the : A Brief Life of Righteous Elder '''Ieronymos of SimonopetraAegina (+1966)] from ''Evlogeite! A Pilgrim' on the Holy Mountain. Soon after the ordination, however, Fr. Ieronymos had a terrifying vision of the Lord Himself as a baby lying on the holy altar. He was so shaken and convinced of his unworthiness s Guide to serve Holy Liturgy that he retired from active ministry and went to live in a small monastery-skete named Evangelismos Greece'' by Mother Nectaria (the AnnunciationMcLees), on the outskirts of townpp. He lived in one small room, which he also used as a workshop. For his private prayers he would enclose himself in a tiny, circular, white72-washed room, bare of decoration, which reminded him of the many small rock churches in his native Cappadocia. He was assisted by a nun, Sister Eupraxia, who reposed in 199076.  Local people often came to Fr* Peter Botsis. ''Elder Ieronymos for advice, and his prayers were believed to be a healing balmof Aegina. One old villager whom the author talked to, could only repeat, "He was so kind. When I went to him for confession or advice, he was so very kind..." Another said, "Even when you laid eyes on him, you felt that his blessing and God's grace filled you so completely that you walked away like a new person' Transl." His clairvoyance was pronounced, and visitors were often awestruck by how deeply he knew their affairs and souls. But he was always gentle. A novice who now helps look after the monastery relates that[[Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Brookline, when people came to him, the elder always offered them loukoumi (a Greek fruit candy covered with powdered sugarMassachusetts)|Holy Transfiguration Monastery]]. If they refused he would smile and sayBoston, "Don't be disobedient." He spoke frequently about the coming of AntichristMassachusetts, and also warned that the planned change to the civil calendar would open the door to other untraditional changes in the Church2007. After the civil calendar was installed, he didn't join one of the old calendar groups, but stayed with the main body of the Greek Church although he always quietly celebrated the old Julian calendar dates352pp.ISBN 9780943405148<br> He was also a healer and so great was his interest in medicine that he assisted in establishing the Aegina hospital* [http://nftu. To those who were suffering net/goc-k-glorifies-saints/ GOC-K Glorifies Five New Saints] from physical ailments, he often gave out a herbal medicine which he had learned to make on Mount Athos. His spiritual children, however, were never sure if the benefit was from the medicine itself, or if the herbs were only a cover for his unceasing prayer. One old woman told the author that in the 1960's she had a very severe, protracted, skin disease. She visited many doctors in Athens but found no relief. Fr. Ieronymos gave her the herbal salve to cover her shoulders and back, and within a few days she was completely healedNFTU. net Once, as he passed by a small workshop where craftsman were laboring, he felt in his soul that something was wrong and strongly urged them to go home early* [http://www. The workers ignored the priest's advice and continued working until late that afternoon, when there was an explosion and several suffered severe injurieshotca. Everyone survived however, and org/news/miscellaneous/586-the workers themselves attributed this to the prayers -first-official-celebration-of Fr. Ieronymos. Another story, from a retired employee -st-ieronymos-of the old bakery, relates that Fr. Ieronymos one day ordered some flour so that he could make bread. He requested that it be milled by a certain time and left the shop. A few hours later the lazy worker who was to prepare his flour began swearing about the job, blaspheming the names -aegina The First Official Celebration of the Lord and the Mother of God. Suddenly the bakery employees saw Fr. St Ieronymos running towards the shop. Going straight up to the worker who was responsible for his order, he said, "Excuse me, excuse me. If I've upset you just forget the whole thing, don't do the work." From two kilometers away he had heard some cursing on account of him. The workers were astonished and they all repented and begged his forgiveness. When the elder was about sixty years old he lost his right arm. German soldiers who were stationed on Aegina during ] from the W.W. II occupation Church of Greece knew that Fr. Ieronymos was interested in mechanical things - particularly clocks and watches - and that he often opened them to see how they ran. One day a soldier maliciously gave him a live grenade. Fr. Ieronymos did not know what it was, and when he pulled out the pin it exploded and blew off his arm. At least once, and perhaps twice after his incident, while he was praying in his small crypt-chapel, two Genuine Orthodox Christians of his spiritual children came quietly to the door to see if he was free to talk. Opening the door, they saw him praying, seemingly in an ecstasy with both arms raised in prayer, the missing one as strong and vital as a young man's. Fr. Ieronymos quickly came to himself, and said, "Well, don't think this is anything. In heaven there are many greater miracles than this. Don't speak about it." After suffering for two months from a painful disease he died in an Athens hospital on October 2, 1966 (OS). Although not yet canonized, his relics repose in his Skete of the Annunciation (Evangelismos) above Aegina town. == Source ==America website:*''A Pilgrim's Guide to Greece'', Mother Nectaria <SMALL>(McLees), pp.72-76.*[http://www.monachosthehtm.netorg/catalog/forumpdfs/showthreadb046-elder-ieronymos-flier.phppdf?tosCsid=3750 '''Monachos Net'''] == See also ==*St. [[Nektarios 9d27e5161ae8eb7d7b05d5bb8fa76688 A New Publication: The Life of the Elder Ieronymos of Aegina: 1883–1966 (PDF)]])</SMALL>

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