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St. Nicodemus of the Khozyuga Lake (†1640) (Russian: святой Никодим Кожеезерский) was a Russian Orthodox monk who lived as a hermit in the Archangel region. In the summer of 1609, Father Nicodemus left the monastery for a desert area on the banks of the Khozyuga River, here with his own hands he set up a small cell, cultivated the land for potatoes, fished and lived "indulging in feats of piety." The fame of the Khozyuga Lake hermitage spread widely and reached Moscow. Patriarch Joasaph I learned about the exploits of the monk and, as a sign of respect, sent him a fox fur coat, which, however, Nicodemus did not accept, but sent to the monastery. Several months before his death, the monk, at the request of the brethren of the Khozyuga Lake monastery, left his hermit cell and settled in the monastery, where he died on July 3, 1640 and was buried in the Epiphany Church of the monastery. 1662 Nikodim Kozheezersky was canonized, and in 1695 his relics were found incorruptible. His memory is celebrated on July 3 (the day of death), August 3 and October 31 (in the Cathedrals of the Arkhangelsk, Novgorod and Rostov-Yaroslavl saints).

Additional Info

  • ID#: 89-1009-013-233-SP1
  • Size: 7 x 5 1/2 inches (17 x 14 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1890
  • Origin: Archangel region, Northern Russia
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price: $575
  • Orthodox Cross
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