Elder Cornelius Marmarinos of Chios (+ 1975)

Chios is an island of many church buildings, chapels and monasteries. There are 22 native born saints from Chios, essentially the most well-known of that are Isidore, Markella and Matrona. This record is quickly to incorporate Elder Cornelius Marmarinos, who’s within the technique of being canonized.  Cornelius Marmarinos was born in Halkios on the island of Chios in 1885. His beginning title was Constantine and his dad and mom had been the notary Demetrios Marmarinos and Evanthia Flatsousis. His dad and mom had been thrifty and managed to make sure him a very good future by training. He attended the Zografio High faculty of Constantinople.

Seeing in him a love of studying and ingenuity, his uncle, who had giant malls, introduced him to America. However, Constantine, who had grown up with island traditions and a love of prayer and holy texts, realized quickly sufficient that he may not work at his uncle’s malls as a result of being a salesman required him to speak for a lot of hours a day, mendacity to prospects to advertise the merchandise which went in opposition to his religious beliefs. He took his prayer rope, left the store and located himself in a abandoned space asking for God’s mercy to assist him in his scenario.

That evening he instantly heard the candy voice of the Panagia imploring him to remain the place he was as his life was at risk. He remained and within the morning realized he was solely steps away from an unlimited cliff. This was the primary time the Panagia had made her presence recognized to him and he knew he would dedicate his life to her. He remained on that spot for 20 days, fasting and ready for God to disclose his life’s goal. He once more heard the Panagia’s voice who mentioned to him, “My Son’s want is so that you can return to your island of Chios and construct a monastery there in my title.” He returned to his uncle and, with pleasure, defined what had transpired and returned to Chios. On the return voyage, he made a cease on Tinos Island the place the Panagia appeared to him after his prayers on the Evangelistria Church, telling him, “I’ll provide help to to hold out the plans that my Son has set out for you.”

His family members had been ready for him on Chios and had been prepared to present him in marriage as he was an informed man, a rarity these days, and since he may converse English. He was a wanted groom within the Chios group. He declared to his household as soon as and for all that he was going to develop into a monk and never create a household. His dad and mom didn’t stand in his manner upon seeing his dedication.

In 1923, he grew to become a monk on the Monastery of Saint Mark on the Penthodos mountain vary, which was the property of the well-known monastery often known as Nea Moni. This location was made holy with the repose of Saint Parthenios two years after the 1881 earthquake which devastated Chios, and which he had predicted. Initially he took the monastic title Kyrillos (Cyril) and spent his time in prayer and solitary residing, particularly within the underground cavern which held the stays of Saint Parthenios. He was praised for his loyalty to his elder, his focus, his motivation and his love of service to the quite a few clergy on the monastery. While on the island of Mytilene for clerical causes, it was instructed to him that he develop into ordained. In the village of Kournella he was ordained by Metropolitan Konstantinos Koidakis, who exchanged his monastic title Kyrillos for Kornilios (Cornelius), “Korn” for the village Kournella and “Ilio” the Greek phrase for solar. He returned as an ordained minister to the Monastery of Saint Mark.

Withdrawn someday within the underground cavern, his spirit travelled to the realm of Lazaretto simply above his dwelling village of Halkios. Lazaretto was an previous leper colony. He had a imaginative and prescient of the Panagia pointing to the precise spot the place she wished for him to construct a chapel in her honor. He requested for the blessing of the authorities at Saint Mark as a way to perform the trail he was placed on. With the assistance of the Panagia, donations got here in from strangers and ladies volunteers arrived from surrounding villages to help within the development of the convent. Many of those ladies took up the monastic life themselves, devoting their lives to the work of Cornelius. He named it Agia Skepi tis Theotokou (Holy Protection of the Theotokos) and it celebrated yearly on the first of October and afterward the twenty eighth of October to coincide with OXI day.

Due to his perfection of the lifetime of advantage, unceasing prayer and strict ascetic life, Elder Cornelius was richly given the grace of the All-Holy Spirit and possessed the presents of perception and foresight. His liturgies would final for hours as a result of monumental quantity of names of the residing and the reposed that he commemorated. Those who attended his liturgies had been thus not capable of obtain Holy Communion till the afternoon hours. He took care of all of the poor, the hungry, the orphans, the destitute and was a father to all.

On November 12, 1975, he reposed and was accompanied by our Panagia, whom he noticed in his final moments on earth standing subsequent to him, able to accompany his pure soul to the heavenly throne of her Son. His physique was buried subsequent to the cypress tress on the Monastery of the Holy Protection, and from there later transferred to the sanctuary of the church, which has develop into a supply of many miracles.





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