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Cornelius (Yacobs) of Tallinn

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Cornelius, Metropolitan of Tallinn and All Estonia, (secular name Vyacheslav Nikolayevich Yacobs) was born on 19 June 1924 in Tallinn, in the family of tsar army colonel. After the revolution the family emigrated to Estonia. In 1943 he finished school and served as a psalm reader in the Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God in Tallinn. On 19 August 1945 he was ordained deacon by Paul (Dmitrovsky), Archbishop of Tallinn and all Estonia; and later, on 8 February 1948 - priest by Isidore, Bishop of Tallinn and all Estonia. He was appointed rector of St Mary Magdalena Church in Haapsalu. In 1951 he graduated from the Leningrad (now S. Petersburg) Seminary (by correspondence).

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