St. Symeon of Polotsk
Born Samuel Pyatrusky-Sitniyanovich and educated at the Mogila
Academy in Kiev, St. Symeon is one of the national saints
of Belarus. Together with
Epiphanius Slavonetsky, he was invited to Moscow
by Feodor Rtishchev
as part of an ambitious attempt to jump-start a Russian
Renaissance. He established a printing-press, wrote poetry
and drama, and was a distinguished educator. His criticism
of corrupt but traditional liturgical texts was a contributing
factor to the Nikonian schism.
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