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St. Zosimus, Abbot of Solovki

XV Century
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

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