“Christ gave me three priceless gifts”—Abbot Ephraim of St. Andrew's Skete suffering from cancer

Mt. Athos, February 25, 2023

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This week, Abbot Ephraim of St. Andrew’s Skete on Mt. Athos, announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

In his short message, He praises God for the gift of suffering and asks for the prayers of the faithful.

His message reads:

My beloved spiritual brothers, always rejoice and be glad that Christ is Risen.

On Monday, February 20, 2023, following the advice of the distinguished orthopedic surgeon Dr. Paschalis Pagou, I underwent a CT scan at the Clinic.

And behold, our good Christ, gave me three priceless gifts, out of infinite Divine love:

First Divine gift: my pancreas is full of cancer.

Second Divine gift: (metastasis) my lungs are full of cancer, hence the terrible cough, a lot of hemoptysis, and shortness of breath.

Third Divine gift: (second metastasis) my spine is full of cancer, hence the severe pains and insomnia.

That’s all my brothers.

On Thursday, February 23, I will be admitted to the Clinic of Thessaloniki. The God of my father Ephraim [of Arizona] is my helper. I ask you to pray for my humbleness. I love you and wish you all the best.

Fr. Ephraim, the sinner

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Andrew2/25/2023 1:48 pm
This is a holy and righteous Elder from Mt Athos - May God help!
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