Monday, January 19, 2009
Monk Christophoros (Christopher) Papoulakos the Righteous (1780-1861)
Yesterday (January 18th) was the anniversary of the departure of a great ascetic and hero of modern Greece, Monk Christophoros Panagiotopoulos, who is popularly referred to as "Papoulakos". He was a contemporary of St. Kosmas Aitolos, and similarly helped to revitalize the spiritual conditions of many Greeks, especially in the Peloponnese, and suffered persecution and imprisonment, which however never broke his spirit. He has been locally recognized as a Saint in many locations in Greek and beyond, and he is honored by many as an exemplary monastic, miracle-worker, prophet, confessor of the Faith and a teacher, especially of the common people. May he pray for us all!
The Holy Skull of Monk Christopher Papoulakos, which is fragrant, and Artoklasia in the Church of St. Athanasios, Arbouna - June 2008 (taken from: http://www.papoulakos.org/photos-3.html)Here are some websites with more information about him:
-A Greek site with a lot of information and pictures.
-A link from the above page which should direct to a download of a .pdf about the life of Papoulakos in English
-Another Greek site.
Photograph of Monk Christophoros Papoulakos (1780-1861) (taken from: http://www.papoulakos.org/papoulakos-photo-central.html)
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!