Dear Readers: A long time supporter of the Mystagogy Resource Center has informed me that they would like to donate $3000 to help me continue the work of this ministry, but they will only do it as a matching donation, which means that this generous donation will only be made after you help me raise a total of $3000. If you can help make this happen, it will be greatly appreciated and it would be greatly helpful to me, as I have not done a fundraiser this year. If you enjoy the work done here and want to see more of it, please make whatever contribution you can through the DONATE link below. Thank you!
(Total So Far - Day 10: $2690)

October 20, 2012

The Cave of St. Gerasimos in the Skete of St. Anna

The Cave of Saint Gerasimos can be found in the Holy Skete of Saint Anna. In this cave, in the middle of the 15th century, St. Gerasimos labored in asceticism while living as an ascetic at the Skete of Saint Anna.

The Saint lived as an ascetic on Mount Athos for five years in the Cell of St. Vasilios in the desolate place known as Kapsala. Throughout this time he survived only on boiled zucchini with no oil. It was here that he gained many spiritual experiences and received the monastic tonsure. The demons had no power over him, but rather he acquired the power to cast them out. His nickname became "Kapsalis" ("the burning one"), after the desolate place of Kapsala. The demons would cry out: "Kapsalis, you have burned us."

In this cave, 200 years after St. Gerasimos, for a short time lived St. Akakios the Kafsokalivitis, who eventually went on to establish the Holy Skete of Kafsokalyva. St. Akakios was a great ascetic and chiefly ate wild grass and nuts.