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Venerable Vassian and Jonah were monks of the Solovetsky Transfiguration Monastery, disciples of the holy Abbot Philip, later Metropolitan of Moscow († 1570; commemorated January 9/22). During the construction of the cathedral church of the Solovetsky monastery in 1561, the monks Vassian and Jonah were sent for lime. When the ships were returning to the island on which the Solovetsky Monastery stood, they were caught in a storm and drowned. But the Lord glorified the saints after death - their bodies were not touched by decay at the bottom of the sea. The holy relics of Saints Vassian and Jonah were found by peasants and buried. Shortly after, the saints appeared in a dream to the elder of the Trinity-Sergius Monastery, who managed the salt pans in Unsky Posad, and in 1599 he erected a chapel over the graves of the saints. Subsequently, on the occasion of many healings performed over their tombs, in 1623, Hieromonk Jacob founded a monastery there called Pertominskaya, and with royal contributions, a church was built in the name of the Dormition of the Mother of God. The memory of Saints Vassian and Jonah is celebrated twice a year: June 5/18 - the discovery of holy relics and June 12/25.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 1307-085-097-SP2
  • Size: 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches (17 x 14 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1890
  • Origin: Vladimir Region of Russia
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gilt and gessoed wood
  • Price: $70020% off$560
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