Akakios (Papas) of Talantion

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Archbishop Akakios (Papas) was primate of the T.O.C. of Athens and All Greece.

He was born Athanasios Papas, in Desfina Parnassis in 1888. He left the secular life in 1904 and went to Mount Athos where he become a monk at the skete of Iviron.

In 1914, he was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Timotheos of Gaggron. Also in 1914 he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Paisios of Nissis. In 1920 he became Protos (an archpriest).

After the change of the calendar, he was invited by the community of the T.O.C. to serve the faithful.

In 1936, he was elevated to archimandrite by Bishop Christophoros of Megara. He was exiled two times for his persistence in the patristic calendar, in 1932 and in 1951.

In 1939, he founded the Holy Monastery of Saint Nikolaos, Peanias, Attica.

After the death of Metropolitan Chrysostomos (Kavouridis), formerly of Florina, he took over the presidency of the Directorial Committee of the G.O.C.

In December 1960, he was consecrated Bishop of Talantion in the United States by bishops of the Russian Church Abroad. In June 1962, together with the Russian Leonty Filippovich of Chile, he consecrated bishops, thus creating the Holy Synod of the T.O.C. of Greece. His main interest was in writing books and serving the Divine Liturgies.

He died in December, 1963.