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Amvrosii, Starets of Optina
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(Aleksandr Grenkov; Nov 23, 1812, Bolshie Lipovicy near Lipeck – Oct 10, 1891, Shamordino near Kozelsk). Amvrosii was the son of a cantor. After seminary studies at Tambov, he became a tutor and then language teacher at the seminary in Lipeck. In 1839 he entered the Optina hermitage near Kozelsk, where he was clothed as a novice in 1842. In 1843 he was ordained to the diaconate and in 1845 to the priesthood. Initially a pupil of the great startsy Leonid and Makarius, he later succ…

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Hauptmann, Peter, “Amvrosii, Starets of Optina”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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