710 – Esfigmenou reopens ?!

Yesterday this blog opened with news about Esfigmenou!

Based on a decision taken by the Holy Community of Mount Alhos, our Holy Monastery is once again returning to the road of ecclesiastical and customary union with the Holy Mountain under the help of God and the providence of the Most Holy Theotokos who ceaselessly looks after the care and the course of Her garden. Thus, our humble brotherhood has been asked and granted the awesome task of the reopening of the Monastery of Esphigmenou.

Esfigmenou 1997
The text continues:

We have already taken the necessary steps to gradually proceed with the complete restoration of all the Monastery’s functions constantly beseeching God to guide and enlighten us throughout this process. It is well renowned that the central building of the Monastery complex is currently under the control of a group of men. These individuals are erroneously portraying themselves as the sole defenders of Orthodox Dogmas and consider the rest of the monks of Mount Athos and Orthodox Christians to be of false faith. To all our brothers and sisters who are concerned about the whereabouts of the Monastery of Esphigmenou and in particular its main building, we would like to report that it is currently under nobody’s command. Neither the Holy Mountain nor the Greek Government has been able to approach the Monastery. Thus, they have been unable to exercise their supervision on matters of affairs they are responsible.We are calling upon everybody asking them to rise to the occasion, remain vigilant of the possible dangers, and take a stand on this decisive matter.
The abbot of the Monastery of Esphigmenou
+Archim. Chrysostomos
and my brothers in Christ with me.


Wim, 14/2 (evcharisto Giannis)

This statement is to be found on this website. This website represent the ‘liberals” in the dispute. You could call them the pro patriarch group. The patriarch is working on a closer relationship with the Roman Catholic Church.

But the monks who still have the power en actually living in the monastery with their leader abbot Methodios have this website to express their far more fundamental orthodox opinions. They are anti patriarch and against coöperation with the church in Rome.
The abbot of Esfigmenou Methodios who is actually in charge.

This documentary tells the story in 2003! The problem excists for already more then 30 years. The BBC correspondent is expecting it will end dramatically. But the situation is still the same in 2009.

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1 Response to 710 – Esfigmenou reopens ?!

  1. herman says:

    I have seen a lot of pictures of this monastery but never taken from this angle. Very nice.

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