New saint: Elder Eumenios, confessor of the leprous, canonized by Constantinople (+VIDEO)

Istanbul, April 15, 2022

Photo: Facebook Photo: Facebook Another Greek elder of the 20th century was canonized today by the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Following upon the petition of the Synod of the Church of Crete last June, the hierarchs resolved to add the name of Elder Eumenios (Saridakis) to the Church’s calendar of saints, reports Romfea.

“It is the sacred desire of the fullness of the Church of Crete to see the glorification of this man who was completely devoted to the holy Church, a steward of the Mysteries of God, who ministered unto the Lord in the least of his brethren,” Metropolitan Eugenios of Rethymnon said when presenting the petition to Patriarch Bartholomew in June.

Elder Eumenios can truly be said to have served the Lord “in the least of his brethren,” as he dedicated more than 40 years of his life to serving those suffering from the terrible disease of leprosy, having suffered from it himself in his youth.

He served as father confessor to all those in the Athens leprosy hospital, where many testified to his clairvoyance, his miracles, and his communion with the saints.

St. Porphyrios said of him: “You should go and receive the blessing of Elder Eumenios, for he is the hidden saint of our time. A saint like Elder Eumenios comes along only once every two hundred years.”

The Elder reposed on May 23, 1999, and his body was buried in his native Cretan village of Efia. He has continued to work many miracles after death.

Read more about Elder Eumenios in the articles, “The Saint from the Leper Colony” and “Confessor for the Leprous.”

Below is a video of the funeral of the beloved Elder:

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sherlock_holmes4/18/2022 5:48 pm
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