Monday, July 14, 2014

120,000 people visited the Grave of St. Paisios

The humble grave of St. Paisios of the Monastery of St. John the Theologian, Souroti (source)
On the 20th anniversary of the repose of Elder Paisios, the Monastery of St. John the Theologian in Souroti (outside of Thessaloniki), where the Elder is buried, as usual holds a vigil service along with memorial for him. This year estimates hold that 120,000 of the faithful visited the Elder's grave. Some patiently waited up to four hours in line...

These thousands of people (including many young people) were present, and even though the church was open, it could not hold all of this sea of pilgrims, so many prayed in the courtyards of the Monastery. According to Police, 50,000 people remained for the vigil service, while a total of 120,000 people visited the grave of the Elder on July 12th.
May we have his blessing!
The multitudes of people waiting to venerate the grave of Elder Paisios (source)
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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