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Elder Zenobius

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Zinovy Chesnokov






Elder Zenobius: A Life in Spiritual Continuity with Pre-Revolutionary Russia

To each generation are given examples of authentic Christian life, faith and leadership.

Elder Zenobius is just such an example. His life illustrates how the Orthodox Church in Russia survived its Babylonian captivity of atheist persecutions and repression. A spiritual son of the last elders of the pre-revolutionary Glinsk Hermitage, he suffered in the Soviet camps never knowing if each day given to him by God would be his last. Living as a simple monk, even after becoming a metropolitan, he always focused on the inner man, despite the active demands of the episcopate.

He gave his time and love freely to all who came to him without consideration for his own comfort or needs. In return God gave him the rare ability to see into people’s hearts and discern their motives, whilst simultaneously making them feel loved and at peace in his presence. His life is a witness to the continuance of God’s Grace in His Church amidst the upheavals and sufferings of the twentieth century.  — Backcover


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