Gerontissa Gavrilia, “The Ascetic of Love,” canonized by Constantinople

The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople resolved to canonize Gerontissa Gavrilia (Papayannis) at its session yesterday.

Mother Gavrilia (†1992) was a Greek Orthodox nun known for her care of the poor and sick. She is affectionately known as the “ascetic of love.”

The decision to canonize St. Gavrilia was initiated by Patriarch Bartholomew and announced by the Metropolis of Leros, Kalymnos, and Astypalea, which made the relevant appeal to the Synod, reports Romfea.

The Metropolis commissioned Metropolitan Kyrillos of Rhodes to compose the service in honor of St. Gavrilia, who reposed in Leros.