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10-11 oktober: Optina Startsi

Today we celebrate some of the most beloved of modern-day Saints: the Startsi of the Monastery of Optina (located about 80 miles from Moscow). Throughout the nineteenth century and until the Bolshevik persecution, it was the focal point of a wide-spread movement of spiritual renewal, inspired by the hesychast tradition brought to Russia by disciples of St. Paisius Velichkovsky.

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