Commemorated on November 15
The Monk Philip of
Rabangsk was the founder of the Saviour-Transfiguration monastery, situated
near Kadnikov to the northeast of Vologda. He spent the beginning of his
monastic life in the monastery of the Monk Dionysii of Glushitsk (Comm. 1 June)
and was one of his closest disciples.
Upon the death of his
teacher and spiritual father, Saint Philip left the Glushitsk monastery and
settled in a sparsely populated area at the confluence of the Sukhona and
Rabanga Rivers. The saint wanted to lead his life in complete solitude. The
local inhabitants learned about him, and wanting his graced guidance to become
monks, they began to come to him in the wilderness. Having accepted this as a
mandate from above, the Monk Philip journeyed to Rostov to Archbishop Ephrem
and asked of the saint a blessing for the founding of a monastery and
construction of a church in honour of the Transfiguration of the Lord (the
temple was built in 1447). Tradition relates, that the holy founder of the
Saviour-Transfiguration monastery was extremely strict towards himself and
lenient towards the infirmities of others. The Monk Philip died on 15 November
1457 and was buried in the monastery founded by him.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.