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[[Image:Father-elias-father-amphilochios.jpg|400px|thumb|right|Father Elias (Annunciation Monastery in Patmos) is watching the portrait of Father Amphilochios, the founder of the monastery.]]'''Elder Amphilochios of Patmos''' (Makris) was a priestmonk who lived on Patmos(Greece).
==Biography==
*1889 The future elder was born on [[December 13]]: Athanasios Makris was born , 1889 to Emmanuel and Irene Makrisand named Athanasios. Large He was born into a large family of simple , country folk. As Even as an infant, he would miraculously observe Athanasios was devout, even observing the fasting rules without even knowing them, refusing mother's regarding milk on Wednesdays and Fridaysproducts while still an infant.*~1894: At 5, When Athanasios was five, he convinced his newly-engaged godmother to spend the rest of her days in virginity.*1906: Having Athanasios, having preserved himself from worldly temptations, Athanasios decided to enter a [[monastery]]at the age of seventeen. He received asked his parents' blessing, which they were happy to give.*In March, 1906 Mar: Athanasios became a novice at , he entered the [[Monastery of St. John the Theologian (Patmos, Greece)|Monastery of St. John the Theologian]], Patmos.*1906 Aug: Br Athanasios became beloved ; in August, having earned the love of the aging brotherhood, and they he was made him a [[Monastic Ranks|rassophore, giving him ]] and given the name Amphilochios.:His asceticism, to To fight the passions and temptations, included eating Amphilochios would employ strict fasting - ten mouthfuls of food at each meal - on fast standard days, with seven or eight oliveson fast days.*In 1911: The , the [[abbot]] of the monastery Monastery of St. John the Theologian sent the future elder Amphilochios to [[Mount Athos|Mt Athos]] in order to learn wood-carving.*; in March 1913 Mar: Tonsured , he was tonsured to the Great Schema by Elder Antoniadis.*1913 May: The Two months later, the abbot had the agreement of the brethren of the monastery to [[ordination|ordain]] Fr Amphilochios to the [[diaconate]]. Due to his ; but, because of a self-perception of inadequacy, he directed asked his travelling traveling companion (also to be ordainedand ordinand) to continue, while he Amphilochios went to Egypt and the Holy Lands. He Amphilochios asked the Patriarch of Jerusalem to receive him as one of the caretakers of the [[Church of the Holy Sepulchre(Jerusalem)|Holy Sepulchre]]. The While the Patriarch was willingto do this, but the Monastery on Patmos insisted that he return. On his return, he was where they "punished" him by being sent sending him to the hermitage of Apollo, aside alongside Elder Makarios. He was , which made Amphilochios very happy there, being as he was better able to pray.*However, in 1919: , Fr Amphilochios was [[ordination|ordained ]] to the [[diaconate then]] and, soon after, to the [[priest]]hood. He was then sent assigned to serve at the monastery's dependency on the island of Kos. He , also served serving as confessor throughout the Dodecanese.* In 1926: Fr Amphilochios , he was sent to the [[Cave of the Apocalypse]], Patmos. He spent much time with students of the Ecclesiastical Academy, bearing which produced numerous elders and abbots.*In 1935: The Italians, the occupying powers of the Dodecanesewere the Italians, who influenced the Church by forcing a system of governence governance that made it easy to manipulate the Church. However, the Patriarch of Constantinople demanded that this situation be rectified for the new abbot of . In response, the monastery. The brotherhood elected Elder Amphilochios as abbot. Soon after his election, the seeds of the future female Monastery of the Annunciation began to be planted. The : the first building was to house housed a training workshop for knitting and weaving, with the hidden agenda of teaching a guise under which to teach children Greek.* In response, in 1937: The , the Italians exiled Elder Amphilochios to mainland Greece. He was given , where the Elder received hospitality by from the [[Brotherhood of Theologians "Zoe"|Zoe brotherhood]] in Athens, and travelled from whence he traveled throughout Greece, then going ; after which he traveled to Crete, where he became spiritual father of the island.*1939: Exile His exile ended. in 1939, and Elder Amphilochios was returned to Patmos, being received with great joy on Patmos, but . He did not assume the , however, reassume his abbacy, but rather, focused on dependencies and the female Monastery of the Annunciation.* The changeover of power in 1942: Patmos now occupied by , from the Italians to the Germans, did not greatly impact on the Elder's life.* In 1947: , Elder Amphilochios organised a small group of [[nun]]s to assist the orphans of Rhodes(at that time, who were extremely poor, ) by establishing an orphanage, and also along with a unit for pregnant women.*1968 At Easter: , 1968, Elder Amphilochios received a forewarning of his coming repose, and was given two years to prepare himself and his children for his repose. Anxious for his spiritual children, with tears he asked God with tears for more time to develop his children. The , after which the Mother of God and St . [[John the Theologian]] appeared to him and informed him that his request was denied. Soon afterthis, he received a bout of flu.*1970 [[April 16]]: Having made his final preparations, Elder Amphilochios he reposedon [[April 16]], 1970.
==Monastery Associations==
* The Holy [[Monastery of St. John the Theologian (Patmos, Greece)]]
* The Holy [[Monastery of Panagia Eleousa (Kalymnos, Greece)]]
* The Holy [[Monastery of Annunciation (Patmos, Greece)]]
==Special Relationships==
* St. '''[[Nektarios of Aegina]]''' - he always had a great desire to meet this holy Metropolitan. When His excellency asked him, "What the greatest and most singular desire of his soul was", the elder responded in simplicity, ''"I wish that everybody would become monastics"''. The elder is the only person who was invited by the Saint to stay overnight in his private quarters.
* Gerontissa '''[[Gabrielia (Papayannis)]]''' - was tonsured [[tonsure]]d by him into the Great Schema by the elder on Patmos in the "Cave of St. Anthony", of the Monastery of the Evangelismos, just before she and the nun Tomasina left for India.
==Quotes==
"Do not be afraid because of your Orthodoxy; do not be afraid because, as an Orthodox in the West, you will be often isolated and always in a small minority. Do not make compromises but do not attack other Christians; do not be either defensive or aggressive; simply be yourself." -- — related by Bishop [[Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia|Kallistos (Ware)]], 2000, "The Spiritual Guide in Orthodox Christianity", in ''The Inner Kingdom: Volume One of the Collected Works'', [[St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, New York)|St. Vladimir's]] Press, Crestwood, New York, p. 150.
==Bibliography==
*Middleton, Herman A., 2004,"Elder Amphilochios of Patmos: Life", in ''Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit: The Lives & Counsels of Contemporary Elders of Greece'', 2nd edn., Protecting Veil Press, Thessalonica, Greece.[http://www.protectingveil.com/available]
[[Category:Athonite Fathers]]
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