The Monk Irinarkh of Solovetsk
Commemorated on July 17
The Monk Irinarkh
of Solovetsk accepted tonsure at the Solovetsk monastery, and in his
monastic life he zealously imitated the Monks Zosima (Comm. 17 April) and
Savvatii (Comm. 27 September). In 1614, after the death of the hegumen Antonii,
Irinarkh became his successor. During these times the Solovetsk monastery held
tremendous significance in the defense of Northern Russia from the Swedes and
the Danes. The new hegumen did much to fortify the monastery. Under the Monk
Irinarkh there was constructed a stone wall with turrets, deep ditches dug, and
with stones spread out. Concerned about the external dangers to the monastery,
the monk also devoted much attention to fortifying it inwardly and spiritually.
Very humble and meek, constantly immersed in thought on God, he was zealous for
supporting in the monks a true monastic spirit. Under the spiritual guidance of
the Monk Irinarkh at the Solovetsk monastery there matured many a worthy
ascetic. With the blessing of the hegumen and under his assist, the Monk
Eleazar (Comm. 13 January), a friend and co-ascetic of the Monk Irinarkh,
founded a skete monastery on Anzersk Island.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.