Ukrposhta issued a postage stamp depicting the Ukrainian Athonite elder Avvakum (Vakarov; 1899-1972), who came from Transcarpathia and was a disciple of the famous Orthodox saint Venerable. Silouan the Athonite.
The postage block consists of nine stamps, which depict the Ukrainian Athos ascetic. The release of the stamp is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his righteous death (1972-2022). It seems that this is the first time when the Athos old man is depicted on Ukrainian stamps, the director of the International Institute of Athos Heritage (MIAN, Ukraine) tells his Facebook page Sergey Shumilo…
“Until recently, almost nothing was known about this Transcarpathian Athos ascetic. It was also not known what he looked like. Therefore, when I was asked to write a book about him on Athos in 2017, I first wanted to refuse due to lack of information and sources However, gradually, as a result of persistent searches in the archives of the Sacred Kinot of Athos, Panteleimonovsky and other monasteries of Athos, it was possible to find both photographs and many documents certifying his ascetic life. “The Athonite Elder from Transcarpathia. Hieroskhimonakh Avakum (Vakarov) and his time: 1899-1972”, prepared by S. Shumilo together with Y. Danilets, P. Gaidenko and M. Shkarovsky. ascetic entitled “Elder Avvakum of Mount Athos. The Life of Athonite Hieroschemamonk Avvakum (Vakarov)”.
And now the Transcarpathian Athos elder was also immortalized on postage stamps. Even forgotten names can eventually come back and be honored in a rather unusual and unexpected way. I don’t know who the initiator is, but the idea is good and tasteful, ”summed up Sergei Shumilo.
Stamp “Elder Avvakum Afonsky (Vakarov; 1899-1972” V / 2021. Series “Own stamp”. The number of stamps per sheet – 9. Stamp denomination – V (corresponds to the tariff for sending a simple sheet weighing up to 50 g within Ukraine), cost – UAH 10.50 Brand barcode: 4823027148362 Zam 20-3751, 30.10.2021.