June 22, 2019

A 12-Minute Documentary on Elder Philotheos Zervakos

This is a 12-minute documentary about Elder Philotheos Zervakos with various photos associated with his life, film footage without sound shot in May of 1979 on the island of Paros, as well as footage from his funeral in May of 1980. The voice of Elder Philotheos can be heard throughout the film, either speaking or chanting. Among the hymns he chants is the Apolytikion to his spiritual father Saint Nektarios of Aegina, as well as "All Who Have Been Baptized Into Christ", "Christ is Risen", and the Doxastikon of the Praises to Saint John the Theologian for whom he had a special devotion. Among the words of the Elder is his reading of the Catechetical Homily of Pascha by Saint John Chrysostom, some words from a homily on repentance, and a tearful prayer for the cessation of the earthquake of Thessaloniki in 1978. There is also testimony from someone who was healed by Saint Nektarios. The documentary ends with the chanting of "Eternal Memory" done at the Elder's Forty Day Memorial.