She was the youngest of four children. She grew up in the city until her family moved to Thessalonika in She went to England in and stayed there throughout the Second World War. She trained as a chiropodist and physiotherapist. As a result of her services to her fellow citizens during and after the war, she was honored by the English government with the offer of citizenship, an honor she politely declined. Later she opened her own therapy office in Athens until
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Repose of Blessed Mother Gavrilia Commemorated on March 28 Mother Gavrilia, who was known to many who are still alive, has not been officially glorified by the Church, but is considered by many to be a Saint of our time.
Mother Gavrilia was born in Constantinople on October 15, She grew up in the city until her family moved to Thessalonika in She trained as a physiotherapist and, in , returned to Greece where she worked with the Friends Refugee Mission and the American Farm School in Thessalonika.
Later, she opened her own therapy office in Athens. In March , her mother died, and the therapy office was closed. Gavrilia left Greece and traveled to India where she worked with the poorest of the poor, even the lepers, for five years. When she arrived, she asked Fr. Theodosius, the chaplain, for a rule of prayer.
I certainly am not one. You came here to save your soul. If I start giving you rules, you will lose you soul and I will as well. But here is Fr. He will be your elder. John set her to reading only the Gospels and the works of St.
John Climacus. She lived for three years in Bethany. Sister Gavrilia went by way of Taize she spoke fluent French from childhood to America. In , she traveled back to Greece. Elder Amphilochios was enthusiastic that a nun would be open to an active outreach in the world.
In India, she lived for three years in Uttar Pradesh where Fr. Lazarus Moore was the priest and where he consulted her in his translations of the Psalter and the Church Fathers. Between and , Sister Gavrilia traveled as a missionary in East Africa, in Europe visiting old friends and her spiritual fathers Lev Gillet and Sophrony of Essex, again to America, and briefly in Sinai.
She traveled extensively, with much concern and broad love for the people of God. Some of her spiritual children found her in Jerusalem beside the Tomb of Christ while others found her in the mission field of East Africa. A little place, a hidden place, a precious place to those who knew her.
In , she moved to the Holy Protection Hermitage on the island of Aegina, close to the shrine of St. There she called the last two of her spiritual children to become monastics, and she continued to receive many visitors. At the beginning of Great Lent in , she was hospitalized for lymphatic cancer. She spent forty days in the hospital, leaving during Holy Week and receiving communion on Pascha. To the astonishment of her doctors, the cancer suddenly disappeared.
Mother Gavrilia finally withdrew to a quiet place. With only one nun, she moved for the last time to the island of Leros. There they established the hesychastirion of the Holy Archangels. Only in the last year of her life did she accept the Great Schema at the hands of Fr. Dionysious from Little St. Mother Gavrilia passed from this world on March 28, , having never built a monastery.
Over the years, six of her spiritual children became monastics, but never more that one or two were with her at a time. Only the angels could count the number of lives that God touched and changed through her. Her biography and collected writings were published in Greek in , through the work of her last monastic daughter and the contribution of many others who held her dear.
An English translation of her work was also published. By permission of www. Gregory Palamas Monastery.
Gakasa Over the years, six of her spiritual children did become monastics, but never more than one or two were with her at a time. So that we can not see ourselves. When we have God always in mind, then God has us always in loe. She always, through the message of the Holy Spirit-alive in her, has a word or two about your struggles. Snezhi Dimcheva rated it really liked it Nov 03, Nothing else can I say to you.
Repose of Blessed Mother Gavrilia Commemorated on March 28 Mother Gavrilia, who was known to many who are still alive, has not been officially glorified by the Church, but is considered by many to be a Saint of our time. Mother Gavrilia was born in Constantinople on October 15, She grew up in the city until her family moved to Thessalonika in She trained as a physiotherapist and, in , returned to Greece where she worked with the Friends Refugee Mission and the American Farm School in Thessalonika. Later, she opened her own therapy office in Athens.
9607298853 - Mother Gavrilia: the Ascetic of Love by Nun Gavrilia
You came here to save your soul. I say yes because I believe that if it is not for my good God will make it so that the No will come from the very one who invited me. If Christ were visible, could you criticize? John rated it really liked it Dec 27, God put the sense in the head. Bridgetbearboo rated it it was amazing Aug 14, She traveled extensively, with much concern and broad love zscetic the people of God.
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