The joy of sacrifice

For more than 30 years now, Elder Germanos has been a “mularas” – the one who takes care and leads the mules through the mountains. With much labor, he brings wood from the mountain to the monastery, fulfilling an essential need for the daily life of the brotherhood. Till recent years, there was no electricity, and other kinds of fuel were not widespread, hence the woods were the basis for almost everything: cooking, heating, construction, furniture, etc. Now Elder Germanos is a member of the Governing Council of Vatopaidi Monastery and is occupied with other duties, but he still finds time to take a picture with the mules.