Moscow, March 2, 2017
A previously unknown manuscript of beloved twentieth-century Athonite elder Nikodim of Karoulia has been discovered on Mt. Athos, reports director of the International Institute of the Athonite Legacy in Ukraine and editor of the anthology The Athonite Legacy Sergei Shumilo on his Facebook page.
As Shumilo writes, Elder Nikodom of Karoulia was highly respected and a practitioner of the unceasing Jesus Prayer. Athonite monks of various nationalities came to him for advice, in addition to secular activists, writers, and generals, particularly from the Russian emigration. The elder absolutely rejected the Bolshevik Revolution and Soviet Power.
Karoulia is the harshest region of Mt. Athos, on its southwestern tip, where hermits live in small huts on the vertical faces of huge rocks rising from the rough sea. Elder Nikodim reposed in one such cave on February 28, 1984 at 100 years old. Eyewitnesses say that for seventy-seven years he took absolutely no food during Great Lent.