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A '''geronta''' (Greek, pronounced ''yeronda'') 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''.  
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A '''geronta''' (Greek, pronounced ''yeronda'') 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.  Other forms: ''stareţ''; ''starĭtsa'' or ''gerontissa'' for women.
 
Russian, elder, starets, from Old Church Slavonic ''starĭtsĭ'', elder, from ''starŭ'', old.  Other forms: ''stareţ''; ''starĭtsa'' or ''gerontissa'' for women.

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A geronta (Greek, pronounced yeronda) 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. Other forms: stareţ; starĭtsa or gerontissa for women.


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