The Wise and God bearing contemporary Father of Athos
Elder Anthimos of Saint Anne's
- Although the name of the Athonite Elder Anthimos (1913-1996) has not yet been added to the Church`s calendar of saints, many of those who knew him have testified to the holiness of his life, and his strictness, or exactitude, in matters of the Orthodox Faith. This wise ascetic of Mount Athos has shone forth in our times like a star shedding a new light of piety, and as a brightly shining vessel of grace.
People were drawn to this humble monk because of his wise spiritual counsels, and by the holiness of his life. Reading the life of Elder Anthimos, we discover that he was indeed a holy ascetic who strove to purify himself of every sinful inclination, and to acquire every virtue. After years of struggle, he became an unerring guide of souls, a Spiritual Father to those at St Anne`s, and in other monasteries on the Holy Mountain. He also had many other spiritual children in Greece, and in other countries.
Elder Anthimos is also greatly venerated in Russia. One may see his icon in Moscow`s Christ the Saviour Cathedral, and in another parish of that city the Akathist to Elder Anthimos is chanted every week. Portions of his relics are to be found in Moscow, and at Valaam Monastery.
The Greek life of Elder Anthimos has already appeared in several editions. It has also been translated from Greek into Russian, and now, by the grace of God, it is available in English. The lives and teachings of righteous men and women can be a salutary antidote to the turbulent storm of modern existence, revealing the way of holiness to people in every land, and in every walk of life. It is hoped that those who read this book will be edified by his God-pleasing life, and encouraged by his words.