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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 [[prayer]]s of both his mother and the secret [[ascetic]]s who lived in the cave-churches of Turkish-occupied Cappadocia. As a young man he was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[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 [[w:Population exchange between Greece and Turkey|Exchange of Populations]] in 1922 brought Fr. Ieronymos, as well as millions of his fellow Greeks, back to Greece as refugees, ending the 2000-year-old Greek Christian civilization in Asia Minor.
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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.
  
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 (September 18 n.s.), 2014, Blessed Ieronymos was glorified a saint by the [[Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece]].
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On September 5/18, 2014, Saint Ieronymos was glorified a saint by the [[Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece]].
  
 
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* [http://remnantrocor.blogspot.com/2014/10/st-ieronymos-jerome-of-aegina.html Official Declaration of the Sanctity of St. Ieronymos of Aegina], by St. Gregory Palamas Monastery, Etna, CA.
 
* [http://www.monachos.net/conversation/topic/1725-life-of-elder-ieronymos/ 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.
 
* [http://www.monachos.net/conversation/topic/1725-life-of-elder-ieronymos/ 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>
 
* 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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* [http://nftu.net/goc-k-glorifies-saints/ GOC-K Glorifies Five New Saints] from NFTU.net
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* [http://www.hotca.org/news/miscellaneous/586-the-first-official-celebration-of-st-ieronymos-of-aegina The First Official Celebration of St Ieronymos of Aegina] from the Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of America website
 
:* <SMALL>([http://www.thehtm.org/catalog/pdfs/b046-elder-ieronymos-flier.pdf?osCsid=9d27e5161ae8eb7d7b05d5bb8fa76688 A New Publication: The Life of the Elder Ieronymos of Aegina: 1883–1966 (PDF)])</SMALL>
 
:* <SMALL>([http://www.thehtm.org/catalog/pdfs/b046-elder-ieronymos-flier.pdf?osCsid=9d27e5161ae8eb7d7b05d5bb8fa76688 A New Publication: The Life of the Elder Ieronymos of Aegina: 1883–1966 (PDF)])</SMALL>
  
 
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Latest revision as of 22:53, January 30, 2019

Elder 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.

On September 5/18, 2014, Saint Ieronymos was glorified a saint by the Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece.

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