ΛΙΓΑ ΛΟΓΙΑ ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΑΓΙΑ ΖΩΗ ΤΟΥ
Γεννήθηκε την 1η Μαρτίου 1861, στο χωριό Πανεύθυμο της Κρήτης. Ήταν γόνος ευσεβούς οικογένειας και το δέκατο τέκνο του ευλαβούς ιερέως Χαραλάμπους και της πρεσβυτέρας Κυριακής. Στην ιερά Κολυμβήθρα έλαβε το όνομα Γεώργιος. Στην ηλικία 12 ετών, εισέρχεται στην ιερά Μονή Θεοτόκου Χρυσοπηγής (Χανιά Κρήτης), όπου και προχειρίζεται αναγνώστης. Τέσσερα έτη αργότερα, αναχωρεί εκ της Ιεράς Μονής, κατ’ εντολή του Γέροντος του και πηγαίνει στην Αλεξάνδρεια, προς συμπλήρωση των Γυμνασιακών του σποδών, τις οποίες περάτωσε κατά το έτος 1880. Μετά την αποπεράτωση των Γυμνασιακών σπουδών, μεταβαίνει στα Ιεροσόλυμα, όπου γνωρίζεται με τον τότε Πατριάρχη Ιερόθεο ο οποίος, διαβλέπων το θεοσεβή χαρακτήρα του, τον εισάγει στην Θεολογική Σχολή του Τιμίου Σταυρού. Εκεί είχε συμφοιτητές τους μετέπειτα πρωτεργάτες του Ημερολογιακούς Σχίσματος, Μελέτιο Μεταξάκη και Χρυσόστομο Παπαδόπουλο.
ΑΠΟ ΤΑ ΘΑΥΜΑΤΑ ΤΟΥ ΑΓΙΟΥ ΠΑΤΡΟΣ ΜΑΤΘΑΙΟΥ
He graduated in 1885 and he was ordinate deacon. As he was votary of ascetic life he wanted to leave and go to Mount Athos, although the Patriarch Nicodemus achieved him through the senior ranks of the clergy of the Patriarchate. In the Skete of Saint Anna he was subordinated to the too ascetic and tight Elder Nektarios, who ordained saint father as Great-Scheme Monk and he named Matthew. After seven years of subjugation and obedience, Deacon Matthew was ordained priest. After his ordination as Hieromonk, he became one of the most eminent intellectual of the Holy Mountain Athos. The monks of Athos called him as Great Cultural. At such point raised him the total self-denial and the passionate faith, to seek and ask God to help in his wish to take the martyr's death by love of Christ. He had close intellectual contact with St. Nektarius, who gave the Holy Father the offikio of the spiritual father.
In 1924, it was made the illegal and ant-orthodox introduction of the New papal Calendar, Hieromonk Mathew was fighting first for the restoration of innovative «Church» in pre-1924 situation. When, however, he saw how the papacy and hidden until then Ecumenism had been entered in innovative “bishops” of New Calendar, he has to preserve and organize the non-innovative Church of G.O.C. (on the order of the Lady of the Assumption, who was presented to him in Mount Athos, in his ascetic cave). At the same time he ceased to write letters to the spiritual children of Athens and inform believers on the New Calendar’s innovation. Also, in Mount Athos, raises with other Fathers zealot monks of Athos, spiritual alarm, so he was hated by the leaders of the community of Mount Athos and they prohibited him even to leave his Cell.
In October 1926, he went first of all Athos’ fathers to Athens and he started to organize the “small flock” of G.O.C. He was succeeded by fiery preaching and teaching of various letters and circulars, to increase the sulfur content of self-denial and zeal of the children and both they were advanced in virtue and life in Christ, so unconditionally we can say that believers (G.O.C) of that age was comparable in merit, as the believers of first Christian centuries. It was also great his huge contribution to the flourishing of monasticism, by the establishment of two large and resplendent monasteries of the Virgin Mary (1927) and the Transfiguration of Christ (1934), which were the bulwarks of Orthodoxy on the land. In 1935, by common desire of clergy and people, he was concentrated as Bishop of Vresthenis, by then Archbishop ... (of Dimitrias German) and two other metropolitans (who returned to Orthodoxy from the New Calendar schism).
After the fall of the Bishops of G.O.C. in misbelief (others went back to New Calendar and others followed the (former of Florina Chrysostom) Kavouridis with his heretical belief that new calendar is «Under Energy and not in act» a schism, for the doomed five times Frankish New Calendar! Saint Father tried to restore them to Orthodox way, but they were vain in their misbelief. On 1 September 1948, guided by the Holy Spirit and he made the first consecration, as was the only Orthodox Bishop to land, and after that he ordained three others Bishops. Thus he continued the transmission of the Apostolic Succession. On 1 September 1949, he was despite by the five bishops who declared the Holy Synod, as Archbishop of Athens and All Greece of Genuine Orthodox Christians. After total 15 years as Hierarch, he slept (died) on 14 May 1950.
Many miracles and surgeries were done and performed by the Holy Father Matthaios. It was great as the Saints that appropriate to call him, and Prophet we could name him and that name by the works acquired since its future as he predicted and the great World War and the civil grief and many other events he exactly predicted. From all the Hierarchs of the world, he kept truly unchanged Orthodoxy and led the Church’s vessel in port safe and healthy. It is the common calamity, evil world, global poverty, but let bless God of our Fathers because his holy soul is set on heaven and the holy body spout myra perpetually, to comfort us and to worship. Both during the funeral, and during the deposition of the deceased in the venerable Church of Saint Marina and then despite the grave, ran plenty essence of the venerable closely, that surprised all people, who received this miracle as a blessing. The aroma was unsaid as the wishful clergy and lay are assuring. Not only during the time of the funeral and the kissing of his holy body, it was spurting the essence, but rather at the time of burial and then the next day, as even until today it is scent.
His name honors not only the throne of the Archbishop of Greek Orthodox Church and the clergy of Eastern Church of Christ, as this truth the near and far people admit. He was zealot as Prophet Elias, he loved God as John the Theologian, and he loved the other peoples as his soul and he has always trying for the rescue of our souls. One of the last orders was: «ΚΕΕP HIGH ORTHODOXY, SACRIFICE FOR HER». In today's difficult times and pre- antichristian age, we must imbibe by the holy water of Saint Tradition and to be linked with the Holy Fathers, by our great faith and to have before our eyes the Holy Hierarch Matthew, the New Myrovlytis who two things guarded and become GREAT in our time: THE APOSTOLIC FAITH UNDISTORTED AND APOSTOLIC SUCCESSOR!
B) A bank’s employee, Zacharias, had a twelve year daughter ill (dying). Then called the Holy Father wishes to read the little girl at his home in Pangrati (behind the Panathinaikos Stadium). He married at St. Father that if he would make their child well, he should dedicate her in the Virgin Mary. They agreed and enhanced. St. Father crossed (blessed) a glass of water and spray the little girl. Oh-and the miracle-that immediately she stood up upright and well done.