The Monk Sergei of Malopinezh
Commemorated on November 16
Monk Sergei of Malopinezh (in the world Simeon), was born in 1493. His
father, Markian Stefanovich Nekliud, was descended from Novgorod boyar nobles.
Together with other fellow citizens they left their native-place setting off
"to the side of the icy sea", when Great Novgorod was finally
subjugated to the power of Moscow by Ivan III. There in the northlands, Markian
Stefanovich married Apollinaria, a maiden from a rich and nobleborn family. The
pious spouses raised up their son Simeon in the fear of God, they gave him a
fine education, and inculcated in him the love for "book-learning".
Having grown old, Markian and Apollinaria by mutual agreement took monastic
vows. Markian (in monasticism Matfei or Matthew) was afterwards hegumen of the
Resurrection monastery in the city of Keurola. Apollinaria died a
schema-monastic with the name Pelagia.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.