Commemorated on January 12
The Monk Galaktion
of Belozersk was a student and cell-attendant of the monk Martinian of
Belozersk and lived together with his mentor at the Ferapontov monastery.
The monk Galaktion
cared with a filial love for the aged Abba Martinian. When his preceptor became
completely infirm of body, the monk Galaktion took him to church on his
shoulders. Beholding the spiritual maturity of his student, the monk Marinian
blessed the monk Galaktion in his spiritual deed of folly. By his secret
ascetic deeds blessed Galaktion reached high spiritual perfection, and obtained
the grace of perspicacity. He foretold, that Kazan would be conquered by tsar
Ivan, who was not yet even born. He foresaw his own end and the end of several
of his fellow ascetics, and he also spoke of the fires and other disasters awaiting
Ferapontov monastery. Blessed Galaktion died in the year 1506 and was buried at
the foot of his teacher, the monk Martinian, at Ferapontov monastery.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.