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Job of Pochaev

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Through this public work, Fr. Job faced growing fame that restrained his ascetic life. Finally, he chose to withdraw from the world and became a hermit into the mountain caves of the monastery at Pochaev in Volhynia. Having joined the [[Pochaev Lavra of the Dormition of the Theotokos]] in 1604, Fr. Job soon was chosen by the brethren of the monastery as their abbot. He fulfilled his duties as abbot zealously while maintaining a kind and gentle manner with the brethren. He actively participated in the work of the monastery: planting trees and re-working the monastery’s waterworks. He was quiet, used few words, and constantly said the [[Jesus Prayer]] in a soft voice. He introduced strict discipline into the monastic life of the monastery, while living the ascetic life himself. He often retreated to his cave that was difficult to enter and so small that sitting, standing, or laying down was difficult. Kneeling, he would pray for long periods of time, wearing knee markings in the rock floor of the cave.
As abbot of the Pochaev Lavra, Job continued taking an active part in the defense of Orthodoxy and the Russian people against the Union of Brest, making extensive use of the famed printing press at the Lavra. He participated in the [[Synod]] of Kiev in 1628 that was called to defend the Orthodox Church against Uniatism. Reflecting his asceticism, Hieromonk Job was tonsured with the [[Monastic Ranks|Great Schema]] sometime after 1642. At this tonsure he was given the new monastic name of John.
Hieromonk Job fell asleep in Our Lord on [[October 25]], 1651, having directed Pochaev Lavra for over fifty years. He lived a life of over 100 years. He was glorified on [[August 8]], 1659. On [[August 28]], 1659, his [[relics]] were recovered, incorrupt and taken to Trinity Cathedral in the Lavra. On August 28, 1883, his relics were again moved a church in the Lavra that was [[consecration of a church|consecrated]] to his honor. August 28 is the date for annual [[pilgrimage]]s by the faithful to Pochaev Lavra to honor and venerate his relics.