St. Zosimus, Abbot of
Zosimus was the disciple of the hermit
St. Germanus. Shortly after the two met, they decided to refound
the abandoned monastic house of Solovki,
where Germanus and
St. Sabbatius had lived until the latter's repose.
Soon after their arrival, Zosimus had a famous vision of
an aerial church, and Solovki rapidly became one of the
great pilgrimage centres of all Russia. From a purely secular
point of view, Zosimus is often considered the "true" founder
of Solovki, because it was under his leadership that it
went from an isolated hermitage to a major monastery. (In an
interesting example of humility, Germanus made Zosimus the
abbot, while himself serving as community Elder.)
Norman Hugh Redington
Under construction --- far from complete! Read with caution.
From Orthodox America:
- Dositheus and Spyridon:
Povest o Zosime i Savvatij, (XV Century).
Moscow: Kniga, 1986.
Moscow: Jazyki Slavjanskoj Kultury, 2001.
- S. V. Minejeva:
Rukopisnaja traditsija Zhitija prep. Zosimy
i Savvatija Solovetskikh, (2001).
- St. Maximus the Greek:
Zhitie Zosimy i Savvatija Solovetskikh, (XVII Century).
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