Kellia of Equals-to-the-Apostles Constantine and Helen where Venerable Paisius Velichkovsky took monastic vows found on Athos

Source: Ukrainian Orthodox Heritage on
Holy Mount Athos

June 22, 2016

During the research
expedition organized by the charity fund
“Ukrainian Orthodox Heritage on Holy Mount
Athos” for the shooting of an historical
documentary, not far from the Pantocrator Monastery
was found the kellia of Sts. Constantine and Helen,
Equals-to-the-Apostles, built at the end of the
seventeenth century. There in the mid-seventeenth
century the native of Poltava, great ascetic, and
translator of the Philokalia,
Venerable Paisius Velichkovsky received the monastic
tonsure.

“Our research group managed to find another holy
site on Mt. Athos that bears great significance for the
historical legacy of the Ukrainian people on Mt. Athos.
Many centuries ago our fellow countryman Paisius
Velichkovsky, who made a great contribution to the history
of all Orthodoxy, precisely at this spot received his
monastic tonsure and assimilated himself into the angelic
life. Today we are studying how the kellia was during the
time of St. Paisius Velichkovsky—it’s
appearance, furniture, and so on, in order to rekindle in
it the unquenchable flame of monastic podvig,”
stated the founder of the “Ukrainian Orthodox
Heritage on Holy Mount Athos” fund, Dimitry Vorona.

Unfortunately, the church and
buildings of the kellia have not survived to our day.
Only the church foundation, parts of the wall of the
cells and the retaining wall remain. The well, where
the resident brothers collected rainwater for their
needs, is located not far from the corpus.

The kellia of the Holy Equals-to-the-Apostles Constantine
and Helen is witnessed to in the “Omologa”
documents of 1779 and 1797 of Pantocrator Monastery
dealing with debts, and the notes of the monastery
benefactor from 1697.

This is yet one more discovery connected with the
historical heritage of Ukraine on the Holy Mountain.

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