Commemorated on October 29
Saint Abramius, Archimandrite of Rostov, in the world Abercius, left
his parents’ home in his youth and entered upon the path of Christian
asceticism. Having assumed the monastic schema, Abramius settled at
Rostov on the shore of Lake Nero. In the Rostov lands there were not
many pagans, and the saint worked intensely at spreading the true Faith.
Not far from the cell of the saint was a pagan temple, where the
pagans worshipped a stone idol of Veles (Volos), which caused fright
among the inhabitants of Rostov. In a miraculous vision the Apostle John
the Theologian stood before Abramius, and gave him a staff with a cross
on top, with which the venerable one destroyed the idol. At the place
of the pagan temple, St Abramius founded a monastery in honor of the
Theophany and became its head.
In memory of the miraculous
appearance, the holy monk built a church named for St John the
Theologian. Many of the pagans were persuaded and baptized by St
Abramius. Particularly great was his influence with the children whom he
taught the ability to read and write, instructing them in the law of
God, and tonsured monastics from among them.
Everyone who came to
the monastery was accepted with love. The saint’s life was a constant
work of prayer and toil for the benefit of the brethren: he chopped
firewood for the oven, he laundered the monks’ clothing and carried
water for the kitchen. St Abramius reposed in old age and was buried in
the church of the Theophany.
His holy relics were uncovered in
the time of Great Prince Vsevolod (1176-1212). In the year 1551, Tsar
Ivan the Terrible, before his campaign against Kazan, made the rounds of
holy places. At the Theophany-Abramiev monastery the monks showed him
the staff with which St Abramius had destroyed the idol of Veles. The
Tsar took the staff with him on the campaign, but the cross remained at
the monastery. And returning again after the subjugation of the Khan,
Ivan the Terrible gave orders to build a new stone church at the
Abramiev monastery in honor of the Theophany, with four chapels, and he
also supplied it with books and icons.
TROPARION- TONE 1
You abandoned all earthly comforts, O Father Abramius, / Living
righteously in hope of things to come and receiving a sacred anointing. /
Initiated into divine mysteries, you enlighten those who cry: / Glory
to him who has strengthened you! / Glory to him who has granted you a
crown! / Glory to him who through you works healing for all!
KONTAKION - TONE 3
You lived on earth as an angel in the flesh / And flourished as a
well-planted tree, watered by abstinence and tears, / O Abramius, vessel
of the Holy Spirit!
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