Friday, February 4, 2011

Fr Eusebios Tonsured into the Great Schema


On the evening of Friday 10 December 2010, at an all night vigil held in the Pantanassa Monastery Katholikon (main church), Fr Eusebios, a priest-monk of our monastery, with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, was tonsured a Great Schema monk by the Very Rev. Geronta Theodore, Abbot of the ancient monastery of Panagia Molivdoskepasti. The monastery Panagia Molivdoskepasti is located in Konitsa, Greece, and was founded by the King-Emperor of Byzantium Constantine IV the Pogonatos in 675AD. The Abbot of Pantanassa Monastery, the Very Rev. Geronta Stephanos, celebrated the Divine Liturgy along with Geronta Theodore and other priests. The vigil was a very moving service with beautiful byzantine chanting and was the first Divine Liturgy to be celebrated in the Monastery’s Katholikon.

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