Elder Ephraim of Philotheou and Arizona reposes in the Lord

Florence, Arizona, December 8, 2019

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Elder Ephraim of Philotheou and Arizona has reposed in the Lord, report katanixi.gr and the Orthodoxia News Agency.

The Athonite elder, loved throughout the entire Orthodox world, reposed at about 10:00 PM at St. Anthony’s Arizona in Florence, Arizona, which he founded in 1995.

He founded 17 monasteries in all in America and Canada and remained the spiritual father of several monasteries in Greece and on Mt. Athos, where he labored for many years as the spiritual child of the recently-canonized Elder Joseph the Hesychast and as abbot of Philotheou Monastery.

May his memory be eternal!

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Elder Ephraim was born Ioannis Moraitis in Volos, Greece on June 24, 1927. He is known throughout the world and widely considered to have been a bearer and transmitter of the Patristic-hesychastic Tradition of the Orthodox faith, though the strict Athonite flavor of his monasteries has also proven controversial in America.

Elder Ephraim traveled to the Holy Mountain on September 26, 1947, at the age of 20, where he was met by Geronda Arsenios who announced that “The Honorable Forerunner appeared to Elder Joseph last night and said to him, ‘I am bringing you a little lamb. Put it in your sheepfold.’”

He remained under the obedience of Elder Joseph the Hesychast from that day until the elder’s repose in 1959, from whom he learned the art of salvation. Elder Ephraim then became the head of a group of 8 monks, which grew to 40 in less than a decade. In 1973, the Holy Community of Mt. Athos petitioned him to move his brotherhood to Philotheou Monastery to repopulate the struggling habitation. He later also repopulated the Xeropotamou, Konstamonitou, and Karakallou monasteries. He was also asked to repopulate the Great Lavra, though he declined. He remains the spiritual father of these four Athonite monasteries.

He stepped down as abbot of Philotheou in 1990 and moved to America, where he quickly founded an entire network of monasteries by the request of the faithful and invitation of the local hierarchs.

As Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos says, Elder Ephraim “received fire, and ... has imparted this fire ... to the Church in America that has great need of it.”

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12/8/2019

See also
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On Elder Ephraim, Founder and Elder of St. Anthony's Monastery
Jesse Dominick
Elder Ephraim received the unbroken monastic tradition from his spiritual father, the great Elder Joseph the Hesychast, and has brought it to North America in the form of the seventeen monasteries he has founded throughout America and Canada, including the main monastery in Florence, AZ, dedicated to St. Anthony the Great, where Elder Ephraim lives and serves as spiritual guide to all who come thirsting for spiritual guidance.
The great work of Elder Ephraim of Arizona: A conversation with Alexandra Lagos, a spiritual child of Elder Ephraim The great work of Elder Ephraim of Arizona: A conversation with Alexandra Lagos, a spiritual child of Elder Ephraim
Olga Rozhneva, Alexandra Lagos
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"In this difficult period Elder Ephraim had so much grace that he exuded a sweet fragrance. Everything the elder touched began to sweetly smell. When he confessed children, covering their heads with his epitrachelion, their hair had this fragrance for a few days. If he touched napkins they began to emit this fragrance. His clothes and skufias emitted the fragrance. The stronger were the temptations, the stronger this fragrance was felt."
Elder Ephraim of Arizona: On Slander & Condemnation Elder Ephraim of Arizona: On Slander & Condemnation
Elder Ephraim of Arizona
Elder Ephraim of Arizona: On Slander & Condemnation Elder Ephraim of Arizona: On Slander & Condemnation
Elder Ephraim of Arizona
Slander is a great evil. Just as the little rudder steers the whole ship wherever it wants, likewise the tongue leads a person either to good or to evil.
Comments
Maria12/14/2019 4:22 am
I took Holy Confession to him twice. From the first time I knew he was a saint. I saw a vision I never saw with anyone before or after. My friend told me he told the sins of her siblings before even they told him. The second time I went to him, he persuaded me so lovingly what I needed to do to follow God's law. Everything is not written in the Bible. We need good spiritual fathers to lead us and he was one of them.
Daniel Lastone12/10/2019 10:05 pm
Your blessing, Holy Elder. I have no more words
Father Nikola12/10/2019 9:28 am
Вечан спомен и блажене успомене старче Јефреме!
John12/10/2019 9:16 am
It's interesting that "komment" has used part of the slogan "Arbeit macht frei" - work will set you free- that was used at the entrances of Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps...just saying. Better answer below: "What I do believe is what the Holy Fathers have taught…How can I not trust the Holy Fathers? They were far more experienced and virtuous and holy than we are. How can I accept this nonsense and not protest when people insult the Holy Fathers?" —St. Paisios the Athonite from 'With Pain and Love for Contemporary Man'
John12/9/2019 3:18 am
TO Komment macht frei- "...we follow the holy elders and Fathers who tell us that “there is a direct relationship between what you believe and how you behave.” We must open ourselves to the wisdom of the God-bearing men of the past – the Holy Fathers who are our key to understanding – whatever we encounter – for in the Holy Fathers we find the “mind of the Church” – the living understanding of God’s revelation. They are our link between the ancient texts which contain God’s revelation and today’s reality. Without such a link it is every man for himself – and the result is a myriad of interpretations and sects. Let us then try to enter the world of the Holy Fathers and their understanding of the Divinely inspired texts – let us love and respect their writings, which in our confused times are a beacon of clarity which shines most clearly on the inspired texts itself… Let us not be quick to think “we know better” than they, and if we think we have some understanding they did not see, let us be humble and hesitant about offering it, knowing the poverty and fallibility of our own minds. Let them open our minds to understand God’s revelation to mankind." – Blessed Fr. Seraphim Rose-Genesis, Creation, and Early Man
Yana Patridge12/8/2019 11:34 pm
Memory Eternal to Elder Ephraim, He will be missed. How much work he had done for the Lord!
komment macht frei12/8/2019 4:42 pm
As Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos says, Elder Ephraim “received fire, and ... has imparted this fire ... to the Church in America that has great need of it.” Really. I would suggest these wolves in the Hellenic Motherland should rather set their own houses in order before making komments like this one, given his own behaviour in recent months.
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