Indeed, how awesome is the mystery of death!
The Abbot of the Skete of the Holy Fathers in Chios, Archimandrite Ambrose (Psomias) aged 57, suddenly and unexpectedly departed from this earthly life.
A tireless laborer of the Gospel, and a zealot for the Patristic Traditions, Fr. Ambrose was the spiritual father of the monasteries in Chios: the Skete of the Holy Fathers, the Convents of St. Constantine, the Archangels in Nenita, and St. Matrona, as well as hundreds of faithful.
He loved the Divine Services, and was tireless in fulfilling his pastoral obligations which extended from one end of Chios to the other. He also greatly renovated the Skete of the Holy Fathers, the Church of St. Matrona in Chora, and the Convent of the Archangels in Nenita.
He reposed very suddenly at dawn today (May 1/14, 2015) at the age of 57. The Funeral Service will be served by His Eminence, Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Attica – Locum Tenens of the Metropolis of Chios – on Saturday (May 3/16) at 11 a.m. in the Skete of the Holy Fathers.
We pray that the soul of the reposed Elder find rest in the dwellings of the righteous.
Archimandrite Ambrose received the monastic tonsure on the Feast of the Holy Ascension in the late 1970's, he was ordained a Deacon on Palm Sunday 1981, and a Priest and Archimandrite on Thomas Sunday 1987, all in the Cathedral of St. Markella, in Astoria, NY by the Ever-Memorable Bishop Petros of Astoria. Shortly after his ordination he was sent to serve the Skete of the Holy Fathers in Chios.
The Cathedral of St. Markella fondly remembers Fr. Ambrose, who was a member of its Brotherhood for many years, and a spiritual brother to His Eminence, Metropolitan Pavlos, and the clergy, and monastics of St. Markella.
May his memory be eternal! Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη αὐτοῦ!
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