Mt. Athos, June 1, 2016
On the occasion of the anniversary celebrations in honor of a thousand years of Russia on Mt. Athos, abbots and representatives of several Athonite monasteries visited St. Panteleimon Monastery, reports a correspondent of “Russian Athos.”
In particular, to share in the joy of the auspicious anniversary occasion, Archimandrite Ephrem, abbot of Vatopaidi Monastery; Archimandrite Christopher, abbot of Grigoriou Monastery; Archimandrite Peter, abbot of Dionysiou Monastery; Archimandrite Elisha, abbot of Simenopetra Monastery; Archimandrite Gabriel, abbot of Pantocrator Monastery; Monk Dositheos, representative of Chilandar Monastery; Hieromonk Philemon, representative of Stavronikita Monastery; and Hieromonk Joseph, representative of Xenophontos Monastery visited the brothers of the Russian Athonite St. Panteleimon Monastery.
They took part in the feast day services and brothers’ trapeza, after which there was a meeting of the abbots and representatives of the Athonite monasteries with the heads of the Russian Athonite monastery. The guests shared their congratulations on the celebration and expressed brotherly unanimity with their Russian Athonite brethren.
With the blessing of Schema-Archimandrite Jeremiah (Alexin), the abbot of St. Panteleimon Monastery, all were presented with commemorative gifts of the lives of the Russian Athonite saints in Greek.
The participation of the abbots and representatives of the Athonite monasteries in the millennial celebration of Russian monasticism on the Holy Mountain bears witness to the multi-national unity of the Athonite brotherhoods and the prestige of the Russian St. Panteleimon Monastery as an important spiritual center on Mt. Athos.