Gury of Kazan

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with extraordinary light and the door was opened<ref name="kazan_bishops">[http://eng.kazan.eparhia.ru/bishops/bishops/ ''Kazan bishops.''] Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church</ref>.
 
with extraordinary light and the door was opened<ref name="kazan_bishops">[http://eng.kazan.eparhia.ru/bishops/bishops/ ''Kazan bishops.''] Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church</ref>.
  
Upon leaving prison, he joined the monastery of St. Joseph of Volokolamsk, where he was [[tonsure|tonsured]] with the name '''Gurias'''. In 1543, he became the abbot ([[Igumen|hegumenos]]) of the monastery.
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Upon leaving prison, he joined the monastery of St. Joseph of Volokolamsk, where he was [[tonsure|tonsured]] with the name '''Gurias'''. In 1543, he became the abbot ([[Igumen|hegumenos]]) of the monastery. After serving in this capacity until 1552, he left the position and lived for 2 years as a simple monk.<ref name="stjohndc"/>
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He became abbot of the Selizharov Monastery in Tver<ref name="epar">http://eng.kazan.eparhia.ru/bishops/bishops/ ''Kazan bishops.''] Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church</ref>.
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In July, 1555, he was chosen to be the first [[bishop]] of the new [[Diocese of Kazan]].
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==

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Our father among the saints Gury (+1563) was the first Archbishop of Kazan. He is commemorated by the church on December 5.

Life

Gregory Grigoroevic Rugotin was born in Radonezh to a poor but aristocratic family[1]. He entered the service of Prince Ivan Penkov, where after some years he was unjustly accused of having an affair with the wife of the prince, for which he was thrown into prison. It is said that after two years, he was miraculously released one day when his cell was filled with extraordinary light and the door was opened[2].

Upon leaving prison, he joined the monastery of St. Joseph of Volokolamsk, where he was tonsured with the name Gurias. In 1543, he became the abbot (hegumenos) of the monastery. After serving in this capacity until 1552, he left the position and lived for 2 years as a simple monk.[1] He became abbot of the Selizharov Monastery in Tver[3].

In July, 1555, he was chosen to be the first bishop of the new Diocese of Kazan.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 St. Gurias, Archbishop of Kazan. Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Washington, DC.
  2. Kazan bishops. Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church
  3. http://eng.kazan.eparhia.ru/bishops/bishops/ Kazan bishops.] Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church

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