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Nil Sorsky, Saint
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(Nikolai Maikov; 1433, Moscow – 1508, Nil Sorsky hermitage monastery on the White Sea), Russian saint. As scion of a noble Muscovite family, Nil Sorsky began a bureaucratic career at the court of the grand duke, but soon entered the monastery of St. Cyril on the White Sea. During a lengthy stay on Mount Athos, he became familiar with Hesychasm. After his return he founded a hermitage (skit) on the Sora not far from his home monastery. His Hesychast piety attracted many followers. They cultivated their own asceticism with their own rhythm …

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Bryner, Erich, “Nil Sorsky, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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