Commemorated on May 27, December 12
On this day is celebrated the holy
ascetic's name-in-common (tezoimenitstvo) with Saint Therapontos.
The Monk Pherapont
of Monzensk was a monk in the monastery of the Monk Adrian at the
River Monza. The monk began his ascetic deeds in Moscow, and then transferred
to the city of Kostroma at the Cross-Elevation monastery, and was tonsured
there. The pious monks Adrian and Paphnutii, from the monastery of the Monk
Paul of Obnorsk (Comm. 10 January), in seeking solitude and with blessing,
resettled to the Monza and there founded a monastery 25 versts from Galich. The
Monk Pherapont transferred to this monastery, where he asceticised to the end
of his life. Each day, with the blessing of the monastery head, he withdrew
into a forested thicket and there he prayed. By night he read and transcribed
copies of spiritually useful books. In his life he emulated Blessed Vasilii
(Basil) of Moscow (Comm. 2 August), whom he called his friend, although
personally he never saw him. Even during his life the Monk Pherapont was
glorified with a gift of wonderworking. Before his death he predicted a year of
famine (1601).The monk died in the year 1597. The monastery at the River Monza
was called after him the Pherapontov.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.