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St. Sabbatius of Solovki

XV Century
An hermit of the far North, St. Sabbatius was the pioneer of monasticism at Solovki. He was joined by only one other monk, St. Germanus, and after six years of very difficult struggle in the almost uninhabited and bitterly cold archipelago reposed while his companion was away on the mainland. Extremely obscure in his earthly lifetime, he became one of the most famous of all Russian saints as the founder of one of the Orthodox world's greatest monasteries.

--- Norman Hugh Redington

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