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His elevation to the [[episcopate]] of Solikamsk, [[vicar]] of the Permian diocese, took place in the main cathedral of Perm’ on February 26, 1917. The newly consecrated bishop was granted to use the [[episcopal staff]] of [[St. Stephen the Enlightener of Great Perm’]].
Before the beginning of August of 1917, when Bishop Theophanes had to temporarily assume the post of [[Archbishop
]] [[Andronicus]] who departed to the [[Local Council of the Russian Church]], he almost never exited the borders of his vicariate. However, in order to truly come to know his flock he went around his whole vicariate on foot.
His contemporaries knew him as a great man of prayer and as a faster. Like Archbishop Andronicus, he was fearless in unmasking the falsehoods of the Godless. In the beginning of 1918 Bishop Theophanes led an unprecedented great procession with the cross that took place in Perm’ to rally the believers. When his Holy Tritinty monastery was asked to sumit the plans of its fields to the new authorities, Bishop Theophanes replied: "...anyone, who should dare for any purpose to seize the Church's landed estates and any other property of the Church of God shall stand before the Dread Judgment of the Almighty God. Without the permission of my hierarch, His Grace Andronicus, I have no right to permit the plans to be sent."