Vladimir Lozina-Lozinsky

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New Hieromartyr Vladimir Lozina-Lozinsky, Protopresbyter of St. Petersburg[1] (†1937)

Father Vladimir Konstantinovich Lozina-Lozinsky ((Russian) Владимир Константинович Лозина-Лозинский) May 26, 1885 - December 26, 1937, was an Archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church. He was canonised in 2000 as a Hieromartyr.

His feast day is on December 13/26,[1][2][3] as well as on the Synaxis of New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, and on the Synaxis of the Saints of St. Petersburg.[3]


Early Life

Father Vladimir was born on May 26, 1885 in Dukhovshchina, Smolensk Governorate, in a family of doctors. His mother Varvara Karlovna, née. Scheidemann, the daughter of Lieutenant-General, the hero of the Crimean War, the commander of the artillery in the assault Evpatoria, descended from russified wealthy German family. She was one of the first women in Russia who receive a medical degree. She Graduated from Female medical courses at the Nicholas military hospital. His father [of polish descent] was a doctor in the Putilov factory.

In 1888 she contracted typhus and died. The family moved to St. Petersburg. Vladimir was extraordinarily kind and unselfish child. He was inherent innate aristocracy, he is well spoken european languages.


In 1904, Vladimir graduated from high school of the Imperial Philanthropic Society, and immediately entered the law faculty of the University. In 1910 he began his service in the Senate. Simultaneously, the young lawyer went on to study history of archives and two years later he graduated from the Institute of Archaeology.

When began the World War I, Vladimir tried to get to the front, but was not taken into active service for health reasons. In his position as assistant chief of the Petrograd Sanitary motorcade he direct the transporting of wounded people from St. Petersburg train stations to hospitals.

In 1917, the Bolsheviks closed the Senate, and Vladimir got a job as the statistician on the Moscow-Rybinsk Railway.

The desire to become a priest took shape under the influence of Russian disaster of 1917. He first announced his decision to become a priest in the days when godless power started the open persecution of the Church. On his decision to Vladimir announced in 1918, in the days when was arrested and then shooted close to Lozina-Lozinsky priest - Abbot Theodore Cathedral in Tsarskoye Selo, Fr. Alexander Vasilyev - last confessor of the Royal Family.

In 1920, Vladimir was admitted to the first year of the Theological Institute in St. Petersburg, and in November filed a petition for ordination. After his ordination, he served in the University Church of All Saints in 1923, he was rector of the church.


He constantly arrested: in 1924 on the case of "Spasskoye Brotherhood", then in February 1925 (sentenced to ten years in labor camps on charges of monarchical plot and serving the memorial services (панихида) with the commemoration of the Imperial Family). Father Vladimir and another 34 people sentenced to death, but then expelled for ten years to the Solovetsky concentration camp.

First, he served time in Solovki. Father Vladimir took camp life humbly and meekly, he was friendly and kind. According to the memoirs fellow prisoners oа Solovki, aristocratism of his behavior did not disappear even then, "he weigh out stinking fish" in a food stall and carried parcels or washing toilets.

He was friends with father John Steblin-Kamensky and Michael Yavorsky arrested on "case of Orthodox Brotherhoods" and arrived at Solovki before him. Subsequently, they also accepted a martyr's death.

At Solovki Father Vladimir visited by relatives, who have achieved reduction of sentence: in November 1928 at the conclusion of the camp was replaced five years exile in Siberia.

After spending several months in a transit prison in Leningrad, father was sent to a remote village Pyanovo, which is 150 kilometers from the city of Bratsk, Irkutsk oblast. Along with father Vladimir in the same village lived in exile bishop Basil (Zelentsov), an implacable opponent of Metropolitan Sergius.

After his release Father Vladimir served in Novgorod and became rector of the Cathedral of the Archangel Michael (1934-1935). The ruling Bishop of the Novgorod diocese at that time was Archbishop Benedict (Plotnikov), who was familiar to father Vladimir from joint service in Petrograd.

Final Arrest and Martyrdom

On May 14, 1936 Archpriest Vladimir was arrested again and sent for examination to the regional hospital for the mentally ill, where he found sane.

On December 8, 1937 he was arrested again along with with a group of parishioners, pursuant to Article 58, as a member of the "people's democracy based on neostate capitalism". Archpriest Vladimir Lozina-Lozinski pleaded not guilty, stating that the existence of this group was not confirmed and that he had slandered no one.

On December 26 of the same year in Novgorod, he was shot by desision of the special troika of December 19. His place of burial remains unknown.


He was canonized and included among the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, at the Jubilee Bishops' Council of the Russian Orthodox Church in August 2000, for general church veneration.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of Western Europe and the Americas (ROCOR). St. Hilarion Calendar of Saints for the year of our Lord 2004. St. Hilarion Press (Austin, TX). p.93.
  2. December 26 / December 13. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (A parish of the Patriarchate of Moscow).
  3. 3.0 3.1 (Russian) Лозина-Лозинский Владимир Лозина-Лозинский, прот., сщмч.: †1937; Д. 13 || Петерб. Русская Православная Церковь Отдел внешних церковных связей. (DECR). Retrieved: 2012-09-28.