Moscow, August 4, 2016
Hundred-year old igumen of Russian St. Panteleimon Monastery shema-archimindrite Jeremiah (Alyokhin) has died.
He reposed on Thursday, on the day when the Icon of Our Lady of Pochayev is commemorated, the Russky Afon website reports.
He was the oldest igumen on the Holy Mountain and prayed on Athos for forty years.
Despite his age, he attended all divine services of the daily cycle, chaired sessions at the monastery, regularly visited objects under restoration in the monastery, hermitages and cells. Besides, he personally traveled from Athos to purchase food for the brothers.
Celebrations dedicated to the 1000-year anniversary of Russian monasticism on Athos took place late in May. Russian president Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia participated in them.