Istanbul, November 28, 2019
Elder Sophrony. Photo: uncutmountainsupply.com Two Athonite elders were officially canonized by decision of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople yesterday, November 27: Elder Sophrony (Sakharov) of Essex and Elder Ieronymos of Simenopetra, reports the site of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
It was reported in October while Patriarch Bartholomew was on Mt. Athos that he had then announced St. Sophrony’s (+ 1993) canonization, though it was later clarified that he made an unofficial announcement that the Synod was continuing with the process of his canonization.
Earlier during the same trip. Pat. Bartholomew announced the canonization of four other great Athonite ascetics of the 20th century: Elders Ieronymos of Simenopetra (+ 1957), Daniel of Katounakia (+ 1929), Joseph the Hesychast (+ 1959), and Ephraim of Katounakia (+ 1998).
However, it seems Elder Ieronymos was only now officially canonized and added to the liturgical calendar.
Elder Ieronymos was born in 1871. He took monastic vows at Simenopetra on Mt. Athos at the age of 17. His various obediences included secretary, librarian, and others.
For some time before the outbreak of WW1, he served as steward in a monastery metochion in Athens, where St. Nektarios of Aegina was among his spiritual mentors.
Elder Ieronymos is known for composing canons and services, mainly in honor of Athonite saints. He was meek and quiet, distinguished by non-possessiveness and humility. He wore old clothing, slept sitting up, and would secretly clean the monastery latrines at night.
The Elder enjoyed great authority for his ascetic life and spiritual gifts, and in 1920 he was elected abbot of Simenopetra. During the disturbances caused by Church innovations, the Elder was driven out of the monastery in 1931 and later appointed as spiritual father of the Ascension podvoriye in Athens, living there for 26 years.
Elder Ieronymos reposed on January 7, 1957 in Athens.