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Starets
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A starets (Russ., lit. “old man, elder”; pl. startsy) is a spiritual adviser in the Orthodox Church, not necessarily a priest, recognized for his piety and spiritual insight. The choice of an experienced ascetic (Asceticism) who deserved special honor as an older Christian (Gk. gerōn = Russ. starets) to act as a confessor was an early feature of Eastern monasticism (Orthodoxy Christianity). In view of the Russian term for gerōn, such men came to be known as startsy toward the end of the 18th century, when they became most influential in Russia. With the development of monasteries the abbot i…

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Hauptmann, Peter, “Starets”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 13 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_SI.69>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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