Trip Start Jul 04, 2005
Trip End Jul 22, 2005

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Thursday, July 7, 2005

We check out of the hotel and leave for Evia (the second largest island of Greece). After we arrive on the island, we drive to the church of St. John the Russian. There we met a priest named Fr. Nicholas who had five children. He encouraged us to go see the monastery of Osios David which we had been thinking about visiting but hadn't made up our minds yet. We decide to go to the monastery and take the very long way there. We finally arrive and are greeted by the geronda/abbot and some of the other monks who were sitting at the entrance. One of the monks, Fr. Nicodemos, shows us the church, the monastery and the cell of Elder Iakovos who fell asleep a few years ago. Fr. Nicodemos shared some stories about Elder Iakovos with us and we were able to venerate his grave. Fr. Nicodemos then took us to a private reception area and served us coffee (Greek coffee) and some cherries and spoke with us for a couple hours about questions we had, struggles we were facing, and gave us spiritual advice. We then went to Vespers and were invited to stay the night at the monastery. We first hiked out to a remote hillside to go to Osios David's cave and we chanted a paraklesis there. We then headed back to the monastery, ate some dinner and then went to bed.

here are some more photos of Osios David and Elder Iakovos:

here is a link to a picture of the brotherhood of Osios David (late 80s) and Fr. Nicodemos is the second from the right
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