The Monk Levkii of Volokolamsk
Commemorated on August 17
The Monk Levkii of
Volokolamsk was the founder of the Uspenie (Dormition) monastery on the
Ruza River (the monastery was located 32 versts from the city of Volokolamsk
and 2 versts from the village of Seredo-Stratilatsk). The Monk Levkii was a
disciple of the Monk Paphnutii of Borovsk (+ 1 May 1477) and associate of the
Monk Joseph of Volotsk (+ 9 September 1515). The time of the founding of the
monastery by the Monk Levkii might perhaps be determined from the remnants of
the Life of the Monk Daniel of Pereyaslavl' (+ 7 April 1540). The monk Daniel
upon his arrival at the Borovsk monastery in the year 1466 was entrusted by the
Monk Paphnutii to the Starets (elder) Levkii as an experienced ascetic in the
spiritual life. After 10 years, i.e. in 1476, the starets and his student
settled in the Volokolamsk region, where they dwelt together for another 2
years in founding the monastery. After this the Monk Daniel went to
Pereyaslavl'. It is conjectured that the Monk Levkii was 62 years of age at the
founding of the monastery. Having raised up a monastery, he became known throughout
the surrounding region for his ascetic life. The Monk Levkii died in extreme
old age (according to tradition – 17 July) at the end of the XV Century.
He was buried in the monastery founded by him.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.