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St Theophan the Recluse

(1815—1894)


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(1815–94),

bishop and spiritual writer. George Vasilievich Govorov became a monk in 1841, taking the name Theophan. He was consecrated Bp. of Tambov in 1859, translated to Vladimir in 1863, and retired in 1866; he spent the rest of his life in the monastery of Vyshi. He did much to make the fruits of the 18th-cent. Hesychast revival known in Russia and popularized the use of the Jesus Prayer among the Russian Orthodox. Feast day, 10 Jan.

Subjects: Christianity.


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