Commemorated on July 25
Christopher of Sol'vychegodsk and Koryazhemsk was a student and novice
under the Monk Longin, hegumen of the Koryazhemsk monastery. After the death of
his teacher, the Monk Christopher dwelt for yet another ten years at the
Koryazhemsk monastery, and then he settled along the upper tributaries of the
Large Koryazhemka, where he lived in solitude.
When novices began to
come to him, the Monk Christopher founded a monastery and built a church in
honour of the Hodegetria Icon of the Mother of God, which he brought with him
to this place, and from which they received many healings. The monastery of the
Monk Christopher was famed for the strictness of life of its residents, and
also for a curative water-spring, from which there was received a relief from
illness by Anastasia (1457-1460), the spouse of Ivan the Terrible (1533-1584).
In 1572 the Monk Christopher left the monastery and he secretly settled alone
in an unknown place. They say, that the Monk Christopher died between the years
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.