St. Ioasaph, metropolitan of Moscow (1555)

Commemorated on July 27

From the noble family of the Skriptsins, at first a monk in the Monastery of the Ven. Sergius and then its rector, in 1539 he was elected Metropolitan of Moscow. His diligence to put an end to the violence and robberies committed by the Shuisky boyars drew upon him the terrible hatred of the latter. Through their intrigues and after many offences and violence, St. Ioasaph was banished to the St. Cyril Monastery, from where he was then transferred to the St. Sergius Laura. Here in 1555 St. Ioasaph died. His relics repose in a hidden place in the St. Serapion Vault in the Holy Trinity Laura.

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