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[[image:Philotheos_Zervakos.jpg|thumb|Philotheos Zervakos]]Blessed Elder [[Archimandrite]] '''Philotheos Zervakos''' of Longovarda (1884-1980) is a well-known 20th-century [[Church of Greece|Greek Orthodox]] elder, from Paros island, and spiritual son of St. [[Nektarios of Aegina]]. He was imprisoned twice by the Turks during the final years of the Ottoman occupation of Thessaloniki and many have witnessed the saint to "float/walk on air". Although he has not been [[glorification|glorified]], some consider him he is considered a [[saint]]in Greece.
==Life==
On the morning of [[May 8]], 1980, the blessed Elder Philotheos died in his cell at Thapsana, Paros. His funeral was conducted by Archimandrite Dionysios of [[Simonopetra Monastery (Athos)|Simonopetra Monastery]] of [[Mount Athos|Mt Athos]]. His [[relics]] were laid to rest at the convent in Paros, in a place that he chose beside the chapel dedicated to his spiritual mentor, St. [[Nectarios of Aegina]] ([[November 9]]).
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==Relationships==
* St. [[Nectarios of Aegina]], 1846-1920. ([[November 89]])
* St. 'Papa' [[Nicholas (Planas)]] of Athens, 1851-1932. ([[March 2]])
* Blessed Papa -[[Dimitri (Gagastathis)]], 1902-1975. ==Quotes==#''"I am proud of the cassock I wear and consider it more valuable and seemly than every other kind of garment, even than the royal purple robes of kings. I consider myself unworthy to dress in such a modest, honorable and holy garb, which was honored by numberless monastic saints, hieromartryrs, confessors and holy ones. I am saddened by and pity those clerics who reject the cassock and who shave their beards."''#''"In this present evil generation, the spiritual father must use oeconomy, for, is he implements exactness (akrívia), none, or only a few, of those coming to confession would be found worthy of receiving Holy Communion. The greatest care and discernment is necessary, however, and the spiritual father must pray fervently to the heavenly God and Father to enlighten him as to how to implement oeconomy."''
==Sources==
*''The Blessed Elder Philotheos Zervakos'' by S. Kementzentzidis, trans. by Palis and Chalice, Thessaloniki: 1986.
*''Blessed Elder Philotheos Zervakos'' by C. Cavarnos, Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Belmont, MA: 1993.
*''A Great and Wondrous Pilgrimages to Palestine and Sinai, the Wayferer'' by P. Zervakos, 1925.
 
===Writings===
* From the Holy Monastery of Panagia Myrtidiotissa, Elder Philotheos wrote a well-known [[apologetics|apologetic]] in 1976 addressed to Archimandrite Cyprian.<ref>The most reverend Cyprian, Dr. Theol., is the Metropolitan of Oropos and Fili and President of the [[Holy Synod in Resistance]], Orthodox Church of Greece. He is the spiritual son of Elder Philotheos.</ref> This letter (cf. External links) is considered of extreme historical importance in the Orthodox Church since it is written in defense of his spiritual father, St. Nectarios of Aegina.
* Sacred War Against Blasphemy.
* The Errors of [[Apostolos Makrakis]].
===References===
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==External links==
*[http://www.synodinresistance.org/Theology_en/E3f2003aGerFilotheos-Biograf.pdf Biography of the Venerable Elder of Paros, Archimandrite Philotheos (Zervakos)]
*[http://www.synodinresistance.org/Theology_en/E3a3b004AgNektariosAK323.pdf Elder Philotheos (Zervakos) Defends His Spiritual Father, St. Nectarios of Aegina: A Momentous Letter of Historic Importance (PDF)] Άγιος Κυπριανός, No. 323 (November-December 2004), pp. 114-116.
*[http://www.roca.org/OA/147-148/147e.htm Orthodox America - Elder Philotheos Zervakos]
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