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St. Germanus of Solovki

English/Ukrainian HERMAN
XV Century
In 1429, St. Sabbatius established an hermitage in the barely-inhabited Solovetsky Archipelago. He was joined by a companion, the Vyg river hermit St. Germanus, and reposed in 1435 while the latter was away on the mainland. Germanus recruited a new monk, St. Zosimus, who as first abbot (Germanus retaining the role of Elder) transformed Solovki from a tiny wilderness skete into a community known throughout Russia. St. Germanus reposed in 1479; his relics were uncovered in 1484.

--- Norman Hugh Redington

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