Friday, August 31, 2018

Elder Amphilochios Makris as the Founder of the Convent of the Annunciation in Patmos

The Convent of the Annunciation, or Evangelismos, is situated on the southwest side of Hora overlooking the Bay of Kypos.

The convent started off as a small chapel with a hermitage, until 1613 when Nikephoros, an abbot from the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, renovated the building and dedicated it to Luke the Evangelist.

The hermitage was then supplemented with new buildings in 1937 by Elder Amphilochios Makris, thus founding the Convent of the Annunciation, changing for the better, especially for women, the spiritual atmosphere of the Island of the Apocalypse. There he established a spiritual daughter of his, Kalliopi Gounari, a teacher from Kalymnos, as the first abbess. Elder Amphilochios lies buried at the convent.

The sisterhood is home to over forty nuns who apart from praying, occupy themselves with social welfare, gardening, beekeeping and Byzantine embroidery called the "spitha" (spark).

The same stitch was used to make embroidery for aristocratic Byzantine families from the time of Saint Christodoulos, founder of the islands' Monastery of Saint John the Theologian in the eleventh century.

The convent consists of the Evangelistria Church connecting with the side Chapel of Saint Luke and the Chapel of Saint Anthony situated in the tower of the convent. The icons in the church date back to the 15th, 16th and 17th century.