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Holy Land: Greek Monk in the Heart of the Judean Desert

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In the Judean Desert, on the borders between Israel and Jordan and right next to Jericho, is the Monastery of Partridge, which lies the St. Chrysostom Church. The Monastery was given its name after Holy Mary based on the story that while she was crossing the desert carrying her son Jesus, she looked like a partridge.

The monastery was closed down for the past 30 years, until archimandrite Chrysostom was sent there by the Patriarchate to take care of it. Back then, the country was at war, so there was neither electricity or water in the surrounding area.

Despite difficulties, the young monk decided to reform it. Only a few buses heading for Jordan passed through, on which monk Chrysostom jumped and begged for money in order to renovate the monastery. Soon, everyone grew to know and love him.

During these 30 years, he found supporters and managed to make the monastery strong. He expanded the premises and established a wax and icon workshop.

Besides the new jobs being offered to locals as a result of the monastery’s activities, thousands of young people visit it to rest for a few days or to offer their work voluntarily.

Now he is known as the “father of the poor.” Despite his bad health, he continues offering to others. He did not quit his work, even when soldiers, looking for freedom fighters, hit him so badly that he became partly deaf. Archimandrite Chrysostom is still there, fighting for his beliefs as the Greek flag always flies.

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