The Monks Jona and Nektarii of Kazan
Commemorated on October 4
The Monks Jona and
Nektarii of Kazan – in the world were Ioann (John) and Nestor Zastol'sky.
When Sainted Gurii (+1563, Comm. 5 December) was sent to the newly established
Kazan diocese, the boyar Ioann Zastol'sky journeyed with him. Under the
spiritual guidance of Sainted Gurii, Ioann led a virtuous and pious life. He
shunned sin, loved truth, and was strictly honest. Ioann raised his son Nestor
in the fear of God. The gentle youth from childhood was an ascetic: he wore an
hair-shirt, and kept the fasts. He loved to pray in church. With the consent of
his father, Nestor took monastic vows with the name Nektarii. He died at a
youthful age. Nestor's father, Ioann, was tonsured into monasticism with the
name Jona. Before death he gave final instructions to bury him alongside
Sainted Gurii, near whose grave was buried Nektarii.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.