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St. Symeon of Polotsk

XVII Century
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.

Norman Hugh Redington


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