Mt. Athos, November 28, 2022
A beloved Athonite ascetic, Elder Isidoros the Blind of Philotheou, reposed in the Lord yesterday at the age of 87, reports Romfea.
He was known for his clairvoyance and the words of spiritual consolation with which he comforted thousands of faithful Orthodox Christians. There are also hundreds of testimonies about miracles worked by the blind elder.
He was also known as a spiritual child of The great work of Elder Ephraim of Arizona: A conversation with Alexandra Lagos, a spiritual child of Elder Ephraim”In this difficult period Elder Ephraim had so much grace that he exuded a sweet fragrance. Everything the elder touched began to sweetly smell. When he confessed children, covering their heads with his epitrachelion, their hair had this fragrance for a few days. If he touched napkins they began to emit this fragrance. His clothes and skufias emitted the fragrance. The stronger were the temptations, the stronger this fragrance was felt.”
“>Elder Ephraim of Philotheou and Arizona, the great missionary to America, who reposed in Elder Ephraim of Philotheou and Arizona reposes in the LordThe Athonite elder, loved throughout the entire Orthodox world, reposed at about 10:00 PM at St. Anthony’s Arizona in Florence, Arizona, which he founded in 1995.”>December 2019.
Elder Isidoros was born in Patras with impaired vision. An eye surgery at the age of 15 left him completely blind.
He was tonsured as a monk by Elder Ephraim at Philotheou at the age of 40. Before he became a monk, the Most Holy Theotokos heard his request and restored his eyesight, though he later asked her to take it away again, believing the infirmity helped him spiritually.
He was among the Philotheou fathers who went to repopulate Xeropotamou Monastery in 1980. He later visited Elder Ephraim several times in Arizona to receive his blessing.
He had a special love for the Theotokos, whom he called “Mama.”
May Elder Isidoros’ memory be eternal!
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Source: Orthodox Christianity