The Monk Nyphontes of Athos
Commemorated on June 14
The Monk Nyphontes
of Athos (XIV) was the son of a priest and from childhood he was raised
under the principles of strict Christian morality. Upon taking monastic vows he
soon was ordained to the dignity of presbyter. But the thirst for perfect
quietude and solitary deeds led the monk to the Holy Mountain, where he
asceticised for many years with the reknown Athonite elder – the Monk Maximos
Kausokalites ("the Hut-burner", Comm. 13 January). The Monk Nyphontes
died at age 96, glorified by gifts of wonderworking and perspicacity.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.