Gury of Kazan

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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.


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 for two years. It is said that he was miraculously released one day when his cell was filled with extraordinary light and the door was opened[2].


  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

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