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Hierotheos, Metropolitan of Nafpaktos

St Kallinikos
Metropolitan of Edessa, Pella and Almopia

This book, the first about the saint to be available in English, will serve to make this endearing and wonder-working saint, who is always quick and willing to help, better known, to the glory of God and the consolation of all Christians.


Size: 21 x 14
Pages: 424
ISBN: 978-618-5269-38-8


In 2020 St Kallinikos, Metropolitan of Edessa, Pella and Almopia was included in the calendar of saints by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, following the proposal by the Church of Greece. He now rejoices among the holy Bishops in heaven, intercedes for us and inspires us.

Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and St Vlassios was his closest disciple and was with him continuously for the last fifteen years of his life, until he surrendered his holy soul to the Lord of life and death. This account of St Kallinikos Metropolitan of Edessa’s life, blessed sufferings and holy death is based on the author’s own recollections and on other first-hand testimonies. He was an ascetic Bishop who linked asceticism with the episcopal ministry, and prayer with being in contact with people. Thus he combined love for God with love for others.

Although he was a Bishop of the Church of Greece, at the same time he is a saint. And as a saint who emulated the ascetics of the Holy Mountain, he is also a universal human being and Bishop for the whole world. All Christians, wherever they may live on earth, can benefit from different aspects of his life, and can see how it is possible to keep Christ’s commandments wherever one may be.

During his lifetime he won the love of those around him and adorned the Church of Christ. Since his death, his miraculous interventions, the innumerable signs of his presence, and the many occasions on which he has healed the sick bear witness to his sanctity, and have attracted the attention and love of many in Greece today. This book, the first about the saint to be available in English, will serve to make this endearing and wonder-working saint, who is always quick and willing to help, better known, to the glory of God and the consolation of all Christians.

   Canonisation – Official Documents  
  Preface by the Author to the English Edition
  Preface by the Author to the Greek Edition
Life of our Father among the Saints
Metropolitan Kallinikos of Edessa, Pella and Almopia
1. Brief Biographical Note
2. From Being in God’s Image to Being in His Likeness
3. Birth, Ecclesiastical Formation and Studies
4. Military Service in the LOK
5. Entering the Priesthood
6. His Episcopal Ministry
7. Hierarch of the Church
8. His Illness and Saintly Death
9. ‘Standard-Bearer Saint’
10. Sanctity: the Goal of Human Beings
11. Saintly Bishops
Metropolitan Kallinikos of Edessa:
A ‘Saintly Figure’
  Foreword by His Eminence Metropolitan Joel of Edessa, Pella and Almopia
  Opening Remarks
1. Family Environment
2. Infancy and Childhood
3.   Student at Theological School
4. Beginning his Ministry in the Church
5. His Military Service
6. Returning to Ministry in the Church
7. Ordination to the Diaconate and the Priesthood
8. Relationship with Metropolitan Hierotheos
9. The Interregnum and the Election of the New Metropolitan
10. His Election as Metropolitan of Edessa
11. His Pastoral Ministry as Metropolitan
       a) Finding Assistants
        b) Training Parish Priests   
       c) Ordination of New Members of the Clergy
       d) Travels round his Metropolis
       e) Visits by Confessors to the Villages
       f) Building and Refurbishing Churches
       g) Buildings and Institutions
       h) Monasteries
       i) His Ministry in the Office
       j) Visits to Schools
       k) Meetings to Study Holy Scripture
       l) Organising Charitable Work
       m) Visits to Hospitals
       n) Visits to the Army
       o) President of Foundations
       p) Visits to People at Home
       q) Love for Saints
       r) His Sermons
       s) His Letters
12. His Orthodox and Ecclesiastical Way of Thinking
       a) From Encyclicals for the New Year
       b) From Encyclicals for Christmas
       c) From Encyclicals for Easter
13. His Links with the Holy Mountain
14. His Sermons
       a) Sermon at an Ordination to the Priesthood
       b) The Value of Monasticism
       c) Sermon at a Funeral
       d) The Soul’s Garment
15. Difficulties in his Pastoral Ministry
16. His Illness and Death
       a) Chronicle of his Illness and Death
       b) Facing his Illness
       c) Death and Funeral
17. His Will
       a) Analysis of the Contents of his Will
       b) Text of his Will
18. Typical Tributes and Opinions
       a) Tributes after his Death
       b) After the Publication of the Book Kosmima tis Ekklisias [Ornament of the Church]
19. Living Presence
       a) His Regenerating Words
       b) Healing the Possessed
       c) ‘Confession’ of a Demon, or Testimony of Metropolitan Iakovos of Argolis
       d) Various ‘Signs’
       e) Popular Conviction of the Sainthood of Kallinikos
       f) The People Invoke him
20. Man of God

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