Our Holy Father Laurence of the Kiev Caves.

Commemorated January 29 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

He voluntarily chose the solitary life like the earlier recluses Isaac and Nikita, guarding himself from the diabolic illusion which the other two experienced at the beginning. By great restraint, prayer and meditation, he attained a high level of perfection. He discovered from a frightened demon that, of the 118 monks in the Monastery of the Caves, there were thirty who had received the gift from God of power over evil spirits. He went to God in the year 1194.

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

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