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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Archimandrite Konstantinos Pappas Still Liturgizing At 101 Years Old

He was born in the village of lower Xehoro Filiatron in the year 1910. Today he is 101 years old. In July 1940 he was ordained priest in the parish of Lampovistra of lower Xehoro. In October the Second World War was declared. In his soul was the national consciousness and he decided to go to Albania, where the Greek army fought for the homeland. He went as far as Agious Saranta. There he met the battalion of Filiates where he remained some time and his aim was to animate the soldiers to fight for their homeland. Afterwards he returned to his village.

In April 1941, Greece was occupied by the Germans. In 1943, he with 44 youngsters from nearby villages left and enlisted in the National organization of Ε.Ο.Ε.Α by General Napoleon Zervas for two years.

In 1944 by order of the Middle East headquarters they went to Corfu to avoid conflict with the organization of EAM-ELAS.

On August 16, 1945 he was appointed to the Monastery of Giromeri.

He found the monastery in poor condition but he struggled and was able to restore the ruined buildings of the monastery.

In 1960 he went to the parish Graikochoriou where he found the people inside the barracks. There he remained with his presvytera in a shack for two years and struggled to make a church and home for the chaplains. He also helped to rebuild the new village. He remained chaplain 24 years in Graikochori.

Now he is 29 years retired, but never sits. He officiates anywhere in churches and monasteries.

These 29 years he helps the Metropolis whenever needed.

The most important thing is that the 29 years that he is retired, he works for free, with no charge. This also goes for the homeland. All his struggles were made without charge.

He was recently honored for his contributions to the Church and the Nation.

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