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St. Gregory Gravanos the Nisyrian

April 22, 2010

Celebrated on 22nd April

Saint Gregory was part of the Kollyvades. When the Kollyvades beyond the borders of Mount Athos, it was spread across the islands of the Aegean. St. Gregory came to Patmos, with others, and later to the islands of Leipsoi. There he built a hermitage in honour of the All-Holy Mother of God. Pirate raids meant he had to abandon the island and return to Patmos. Here, he met Makarios Notaras (Later bishop of Corinth) who lived at the Seat of All Saints, that he had built on Coumana Hill. The saint stayed with Makarios for a while but later left for another part of the island called Grava (hence the name Gravanos). He became widely known as a spiritual father and confessor and tradition says that even the Patriarch of Constantinople himself visited him. At some point he was obliged to leave Patmos for Ikaria. He fell asleep in the Lord there in 1812.

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