The Monk Akakios the New
Commemorated on April 12
The Monk Akakios
the New took monastic vows at the Holy Trinity monastery of Saint Dionysios
of Olympos (Comm. 24 January) at Zagorakhos. Having gone off to Holy Mount
Athos, the monk on the advice of his father-confessor, Father Galaktion,
settled in the skete monastery of Saint Maximos the Hut-Burner
("Kausokalibites", Comm. 13 January), who repeatedly appeared to the
ascetic. The exploits of the Monk Akakios were extremely severe: in place of
bread he ate dry grass, broken up by pounding with a piece of marble. To the
question of how much a monk ought to sleep, he answered, that for a true monk
half an hour even was sufficient. And he himself in spite of age and illness
gave example of this.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.