Former Metropolitan Ilias Germanos died on Tuesday night at the age of 91. He finally succumbed to the serious health problems that had been affecting him.
Today, at the Church of Agios Nikolaos Pyrgos, his body will be placed for pilgrimage. The funeral service will be held tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. also at the Holy Church of Agios Nikolaos.
It is recalled that the former metropolitan voluntarily chose to resign from the post of Metropolitan of Ilia in August 2022, citing his poor health due to old age.
He then retired to the Nursing Home of Panagia Katholiki in Gastouni, where he breathed his last.
Born Ioannis Paraskevopoulos to Georgios and Konstantina, he was born in Kardamas Ilias on February 24, 1932.
In 1946 he enrolled in the seven-class Ecclesiastical School of Corinth and in 1953 in the Theological School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, from where he graduated in February 1958.
On November 8, 1960, he was ordained a monk at the Holy Monastery of Panagia Skafidias by the then Metropolitan of Ilia Germanos I and took the name Germanos in honour of his elder.
On November 20 of the same year he was ordained a deacon at the Holy Church of Agios Ioannis the Theologian Kardamas and on December 6 an elder at the Metropolitan Church of Agios Nikolaos Pyrgos by the elder Metropolitan Germanos, and was promoted to archimandrite.
He served as a vicar in the parishes of Vrana - Bartholomew and Skourochori. In September 1961 he was appointed preacher and general hierarchal commissioner and then assumed the duties of proto-council.
In March 1979 he was appointed first secretary of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece and on October 1, 1981 he was elected metropolitan of Ilia.
On October 3, 1981, he was ordained a bishop in the Holy Church of Agios Dionysios Areopagitos of Athens by Archbishop Seraphim and on October 24, he was enthroned in the Holy Church of Agios Nikolaos Pyrgos.
He is the author of numerous works. He submitted his resignation to the Holy Synod, which accepted it on September 5, 2022.
He was vicar of the Holy Metropolis of Ilia and Oleni, from September 5 to October 7, 2022.
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