Our Holy Father Maximus of Kapsokalyvia
Maximus lived in the fourteenth century, following the ascetic life as a monk on the Holy Mountain according to his own particular way: that is to say, he pretended to be slightly crazed and constantly changed his abode. This being a but of boughs, he built them and burned them down in rapid succession, thus earning himself the name `of Kapsokalyvia', that is, 'of the burnt buts'. He was regarded as a fool until St Gregory the Sinaite came to the Holy Mountain and perceived in Maximus a unique ascetic, a wonder-worker with the gift of prayer and an 'angel in the flesh'. He went to the Lord in the year 1320.
* From "The Prologue from Ochrid", by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic - Lazarica Press - Birmingham 1985
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