The Monk Kassian of Komel'sk and Vologda
Commemorated on May 16
The Monk Kassian
of Komel'sk and Vologda was a student of the Monk Kornilii of Komel'sk
(Comm. 19 May) and he guided the Komel'sk monastery during the time of the
departure of the Monk Kornilii to Lake Sura. Chosen by the brethren with the
blessing of the Monk Kornilii, he strove in everything to imitate his teacher and
he strictly observed his ustav (monastic rule). Following his directives, the
Monk Kassian instructed the monks in the fear of God to spend their time at
prayer, to be concerned about inward actions and to banish all worldly
thoughts, to be sober in thought, to be vigilant in soul and contrite in heart.
(Chapter 1 of the Ustav: "About Church decorum and collective
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.