Geronta

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A spiritual adviser, often a monk or religious hermit (not necessarily a priest), in the [[Eastern Orthodox]] Church. Plural is ''startsy''. [Russian, elder, starets, from Old Church Slavonic ''starĭtsĭ'', elder, from ''starŭ'', old.]
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A '''geronda''' (Greek) or '''staretz'' (Russian) (both literally meaning ''elder'') is a holy person gifted with the [[charism]] of spiritual direction, often a [[monk]] or hermit (not necessarily a [[priest]]), in the Church. The plural of the Russian form is ''startsy''. [Russian, elder, starets, from Old Church Slavonic ''starĭtsĭ'', elder, from ''starŭ'', old.]
==Source and Audio Pronunciation==
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http://www.answers.com/Starets
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A geronda' (Greek) or staretz (Russian) (both literally meaning elder) is a holy person gifted with the charism of spiritual direction, often a monk or hermit (not necessarily a priest), in the Church. The plural of the Russian form is startsy. [Russian, elder, starets, from Old Church Slavonic starĭtsĭ, elder, from starŭ, old.]


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