Evia monastery saved from wildfires (+VIDEO)

Evia, Greece, August 5, 2021

Photo: orthodoxianewsagency.gr Photo: orthodoxianewsagency.gr     

The abbot and most of the monks of St. David of Evia Monastery on the Greek island of Evia were forced to evacuate yesterday morning as wildfires raced dangerously close towards the holy habitation.

But, glory to God, and thanks to the brave firefighters, the fire was halted and the monastery was saved, reports the Orthodoxia News Agency and a number of Greek outlets.

The brothers were “drowned in smoke,” Abbot Gabriel commented earlier before the brotherhood consented to leave, leaving the fate of their monastery in the hands of God. “May the Panagia and the holy elder [St. Iakovos of Evia—OC] put their hand out that it not reach this far. It’s destroying everything,” the abbot said.

Videos have appeared online showing how close the fire came to the monastery. The monks say their home was “licked” by the flames:

A few monks stayed behind to gather the holy relics and other sacred treasures of the monastery, but in the end the damage was very minimal. Many trees were cut down around the perimeter to help stop the aggressive fire, and in the end, God helped, the monks say, turning the fire away in another direction.

As OrthoChristian reported yesterday, St. Herman’s Monastery and St. Xenia’s Skete in northern California are both currently under threat of wildfire, and the nuns of the skete have already been evacuated.

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Dozie8/13/2021 4:39 pm
Glory be to our LORD JESUS CHRIST for miraculously saving this Monastery (and many others in other locations). Many thanks for the efforts and hardwork done by the Fire Fighters and Monks in cutting the trees in proximity to the premises.
Juan López8/7/2021 1:51 am
Very terrible fire
Panagiotis8/6/2021 1:21 am
Nature does not protest against anything... It is the wrath of God that punishes.. Every sin must be paid for... The Fear of God is the beginning of Wisdom... many have been deceived into believing that God does not punish... He punishes us here on Earth and for many in the afterlife... At Judgment Day those who believe that God does not punish will be in for a rude awakening...
ACatharina8/5/2021 2:35 pm
A terrible sight. Nature protests against the sins of humanity and it treats its former master like a disease that has to be destroyed.
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