SOME OF THE SAINTS OF THE VATOPAIDI MONASTERY
Sabbas, deacon-monk and sacristan (10th century).
Athanasius, Nicholas and Antonius, founders, from Adrianople
(10th century), feast day: 17 December.
Sabbas, Archbishop of Serbia (1169-1235), feast day: 14
Symeon, father of St Sabbas and King of Serbia (1200), feast day: 8 February.
Euthymius, Abbot, and his companions, 12 monk martyrs (1285), feast day: 4 January.
Cosmas, Protos, martyr (1285), feast day: 5 December. Gennadius, Abbot of the Monastery (14th century), feast day: 20 January.
Neophytus, ‘attendant’ (14th century), feast day: 20 January. Gennadius, manciple (14th century), feast day: 17 November. Agapius and Nicodemus, servants of the Blessed Gennadius (14th century).
Sabbas, ‘the fool for Christ’s sake’ (1280-1349).
Nicodemus, teacher of St Gregory Palamas (13th century),
feast day: 11 July.
Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki (1296-1359), feast day: 14 November.
Theophanes, Metropolitan of Peritheorion (14th century). Joasaph of Meteora (1394-1401), feast day: 20 April. Macarius Macres (1391-1431), feast day: 8 January. Maximus the Greek (1470-1556), feast day: 21 January. Macarius, martyr, disciple of St Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople (1527), feast day: 14 September. Theophanes, martyr (1559), feast day: 8 June. Athanasius III of Constantinople (1656), feast day: 2 May. Agapios from the Skete of Kolitsou and his four blessed companions, feast day: 1 March. Dionysios, martyr (1822).
Evdokimos ‘the Newly-Found’ (1840), feast day: 5 October, loakeim Papoulakis (1786-1867), feast day: 2 March.
All the saints of Vatopaidi are commemorated by a festal vigil on 10 July.
kathisma: Accommodation for monks seeking greater solitude separate from the monastery buildings.
kelli: ‘Cell’. Dependency of a monastery ceded for their accommodation to not more than six monks.
kyriakon: Church serving a number of (often scattered) monastic dwellings.
lavra: A monastic complex, pre-dating the coenobium, consisting of separate accommodation or cells grouped close to each other.
metochi: A dependency of a monastery, whether a cell or an estate, usually with its own church or chapel.
phiale: Roofed open-air basin for holy water, serving liturgical purposes.
piastre:Turkish unit of currency equivalent to 1/100 of a Turkish lira.
poungeion: Literally, a money bag. The amount differed according to the size of the bag, but it was generally a very large sum.
Protos: ‘The First’-the monk who presides over the executive council of four appointed from among the members of the Synaxis (q.v.) to administer the affairs of the Community of Athos.
sigillium: Document issued by the Ecumenical Patriarchate regulating matters of ecclesiastical discipline and administration.
Synaxis: Council, with its seat in Karyes, consisting of a representative from each of the 20 monasteries; the authority through which the Athonite Community exercises its autonomy.
synodikon: Reception room in a monastery used for entertaining guests and other gatherings.
synthronon: Seats, usually of stone, around the sanctuary apse of a church, behind the altar, used by the bishop and his clergy in early Christian worship.
typikon: A kind of ‘charter’ of a monastery regulating matters of order and worship.
A PILGRIM’S GUIDE TO THE GREAT AND HOLY MONASTERY OF VATOPAIDI WAS PUBLISHED BY THE GREAT AND HOLY MONASTERY OF VATOPAIDI IN AUGUST 1993
TRANSLATION INTO ENGLISH BY GEOFFRY COX AND JOHN SOLMAN PRINTED BY A. MATSOUKIS S.A. EDITING FOR THE PRESS BY CHRYSOULA KAPIOLDASI-SOTIROPOULOU
The photographs on the cover and nos 1, 3, 8-13, 16-19, 21, 22, 25-31, 33, were taken by Mr Andreas Smaragdis, and nos 4-6, 14, 15, 20, 23, 24, 32, by Mr Charalambos lakovou.
Our Lady Hope of the Despairing. From the diptych of the so-called ‘ninia’. Late 12th century (front cover).
Schematic representation of the Monastery on the handle of a liturgical fan (back cover).