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Amfilochios of Potchaev (April 29)

Amfilochios of Potchaev (April 29)
Amfilochios of Potchaev (April 29)
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Amfilochios of Potchaev (April 29)

Saint Amfilochios was born on November 27, 1897 in the village of Ilovitsa in the Sumtsina region to the family of Varnavas Golovatiuk. At baptism he was given the name Iakovos in honor of Saint Iakovos of Persia. Together with his nine siblings he received a Christian upbringing.. His zeal for prayer and ecclesiasticism he inherited from his mother.

In 1912, at the age of 15, he joined the army. During World War I he was a nurse somewhere in Siberia. In 1919 he returned to his village helping the sick people who asked him to.

On July 8, 1932, with the bishop's blessing, he became a probationary monk in Pochaev and after a while he became a monk with the name Joseph. In 1933 he was ordained a priest and in 1936 a priest. he received the big shape and took the name Amfilochios. On April 6, 1957 he was named spiritual of the pilgrims of Pochaev.

In the autumn of 1962, he was arrested by the communists and locked up in a psychiatric hospital. He was released thanks to Svetlana Alleluyeva, Stalin's daughter, whom the saint had cured of an illness.

He settled in his father's house. His miracles were countless and he had the gift of foresight and insight. Hundreds of people visited him every day. Many times he said to them: "You think I am a saint? I am a sinful man. Healings are due to your faith and only"!

In 1965 he moved in with one of his nieces. In the yard of this house he also built a small chapel, where he prayed and sanctified the water with which he healed the sick. He also built a very large table, where he invited the faithful to taste his blessed table .

He lived 77 years. There were several assassination attempts against him. He died of poisoning on January 1, 1971.