Our Holy Father Arsenius of Komel.

Commemorated August 24 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

Born in Moscow of noble parents, he received the monastic habit as a young man in the community of St Sergius of Radonezh. A model monk, he was chosen as abbot, but he yearned for a life of prayerful . solitude and withdrew to the forest of Komel, where he lived in asceticism till his death, fighting courageously with great diabolical temptations. He entered into rest in the Lord in 1550.

From The Prologue From Ochrid by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
©1985 Lazarica Press, Birmingham UK

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