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Sunday, April 7, 2013

MOUNT ATHOS, GREECE: Saint Athanasius the Athonite Cave (PHOTO STORY)

Athanasius the Athonite also called Athanasios of Trebizond (c. 920 – 5 Ju,ne 1003), was a Byzantine monk who founded the monastic community on Mount Athos, which has since evolved into the greatest centre of Eastern Orthodox monasticism.

Born in Trebizond and patronized by Michael Maleinos, he studied at Constantinople and became famous there as Abraham, a fervent preacher who held great authority with Michael's nephew, Nicephorus Phocas. By the time Phocas ascended the imperial throne, Abraham, ill at ease with the lax morals of the monks living in the capital, changed his name to Athanasius and joined the monks at Mount Kyminas in Bithynia. In 958, he relocated to Mount Athos....



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