June 8, 2010

Abbot Prodromos of Great Lavra Visits Zoga In Argolis

The village of Zoga lies fourteen kilometers away from Argos in Greece. Abbot Prodromos of the Holy Monastery of Great Lavra on Mount Athos visited here 6 June 2010 to celebrate the first all-night vigil at the newly-consecrated Church of the Hagiorite Fathers. The church was founded on 26 September 2008 and the Door-Opening Ceremony was celebrated this past April. The Abbot came by invitation of of Hieromonk Ignatios Gregoriates, the founder of the church and a spiritual child of Abbot Prodromos.

Great Lavra Monastery is considered the mother of all the coenobitic monasteries on Mount Athos. It was founded in 963 by St. Athanasios the Athonite. It reached its golden age in the 14th century when many saints served in the monastery, among whom was St. Gregory Palamas. It has produced 27 patriarchs, 150 bishops, 168 abbots, 3400 hieromonks, and 14000 monks. Over 60 saints of the Church lived their monastic life at this monastery. It has 3 Sketes, 60 Cells, 60 Hesychastiria, 6 Kathismata and many hermitages. Today 50 monks are in the monastery and 350 in its surrounding properties.