The Monk Vassian of Tiksnensk (Totemsk)
Commemorated on September 12
The Monk Vassian
of Tiksnensk (Totemsk), in the world Vasilii, was a peasant from the
village of Strelitsa (by other accounts, from the village of Burtsevo), near
the city of Tot'ma, and he was by trade a tailor. Leaving his family, he
accepted monasticism under the Monk Theodosii (Feodosii) of Totemsk in the
Sumorinsk monastery at the River Sukhona, where he spent several years in works
and obediences. In 1594 the monk resettled not far from Tot'ma, at the River
Tiksna, nearby a church in the name of Sainted Nicholas the Wonderworker. At
first he lived at the church portico, but then he made himself a cell nearby
the church. The monk visited at each Divine-service. For thirty years he wore
chains on his body – on his shoulders an heavy chain, on his loins an iron
belt, and on his head beneathe his head covering an iron cap.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.