February 17, 2022

Kyriaki Kioskeridou, a Revered Spiritual Daughter of Saint Sophia of Kleisoura, Has Reposed

On Tuesday 15 February 2022, Kyriaki Kioskeridou (maiden name Athanasiadou), popularly called Kitsa, reposed in the Lord at the age of 96. She was from Ptolemaida and had been a spiritual daughter of Saint Sophia of Kleisoura. Much of what we know about Saint Sophia comes from her testimony and experience.

In 1941, she was one of the founding members and the Vice President of the Christian Philanthropic Association "The Good Samaritan". She never claimed the presidency of the association but pioneered its charitable work. She gave lectures in various catechisms, cooked for the needy, while her house was a place of consolation and love for those who sought it.

As we have been informed, Eldress Kitsa, just as she did every day, started the Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos inside her icon-filled home with other fellow Christians at 5:30 p.m. Like Saint Sophia, she had a great devotion to the Mother of God, and spoke of her own visions of the Panagia. Earlier, the Cardiologist Mrs. Mazaraki had visited her. From the beginning of the Supplicatory Canon, Eldress Kitsa felt difficulty in breathing, and asked them to call her daughter Katerina. The faithful led Eldress Kitsa to the veranda for more oxygen and after her blessing they called an ambulance. Katerina accompanied her elderly mother to the Bodosakeio Hospital of Ptolemaida and was the first to announce her honorable departure to our Lord Jesus Christ, at 6:10 p.m.

May her memory be eternal!