St. Anne's Skete (The
Major Skete of St. Anne's) is one of four sketes attached
to the Great
Lavra Monastery. It
is located near the cape of Mt Athos, near Little St. Anne's Skete. St Anne's Skete has the distinction of being the
largest and oldest skete of Mt Athos and was founded to preserve the left foot
of St Anne, the Mother of the Theotokos.
skete is located among olive, lemon and orange groves, it’s the most “ascetic” place on the Holy Mountain.
katholikon of the skete is situated at the height of 300 meters and there is
a kalive on the height of 450
Monastic life here began in the XII-XIII centuries. The
1st charter was confirmed
in 1689 by the Ecumenical Patriarch Dionysius III. Until the XII century the
skete had a name “Voultevir” but subsequently took a name of St. Anne after St.
Anne’s chapel where the foot of St. Anne was
the walking distance (approximately half an hour) the monks founded the new
Small Skete with flat-roof cells.
kalive Kartsoneev with the stately Cathedral of St. George also belongs to the
skete. The Cathedral was designed by
famous Pavel Milona who dedicated all his life to the constructing on the Holy
Mountain. The brotherhood was
founded by the celibate priest Gavril (1876-1956).
Nifon and Gerondy lived in the kalive of
St. Eleytherios which also belongs to
the monastery. The Holy Spring in
the mountains appeared there after Gerondy’s prayers. The monks used the water
for clothes-washing and
garden-watering and soon the spring ran dry. Gerondy saw a dream, the Theotokos
telling him that the spring was
given to the monks with a different purpose. After Gerondy’s pray the spring
appeared again but higher than it used to be. It was
a sign that the monks have to be content with the little as
the Theotokos told them. This spring is considered to be saint nowadays and
contains precisely as much water as the brotherhood needs.
58 kalives and 88 monks belong to the skete.
held within the skete
foot of St. Anne, the relics of Sts. Ignatius, Eythimios, Akakios.
foot of St. Anne remains warm like some other relics (the hand of Maria
Magdalene and the hand of the Martyr Marina). This relics is considered to be
miracle-working, it cures infertility. The skete receives many testimonial
letters from the parents who got the opportunity to have children thanks to the
Saint Anne. The monks keep all the letters and the pictures of newly born
constantly thanking the God for the miracles.