The Monk Gennadii of Vazheozersk

Commemorated on February 9

      The Monk Gennadii of Vazheozersk was the son of rich parents but, having given away everything, he became a disciple and novice under the monk Alexander of Svir' and pursued asceticism with him as an hermit at the river Svira. Afterwards, with blessing of the monk Alexander, he went to Vazheozersk, located 12 versts from the Svir' monastery. And here, having built a cell, he spent his solitary ascetic life with two of his disciples.
      Before death the monk Gennadii told his disciple: "At this place shalt be a church and monastery". The ascetic reposed on 8 January 1516.

1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.

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