Abraham of Smolensk (1150 or 1172 – approx. 1222) was a Russian monk, a priest & a miracle worker. He founded the Bogor’otskaja convent.
His spiritual way is similar to other monks: when his parents died he became a monk & preached to laic people however his speeches were far from classic Orthodox rhetoric of that time. So he was forbidden to do that & sent to a far poor monastery named Krestovozdv’igenskij. Being its active member he managed to reorganize the community & made it prosperous. It was the reason of an open hate of other monks of the Smolensk region. The Smolensk’s bishop took action against him so Abraham was formally degraded from the priesthood.
It did not change neither his life nor miracles he could make. Soon after these sad events he managed to pray for rain after a long period of drought. When most of his enemies died he was reinstated & managed to return back to his monastery where he lived until the end of his days.
Saint Abraham had a talent of an icon painter. Being filled with the idea of the Last Judgement he created two icons (other ones remain unknown): “The Last Judgement” & “Aerial Toll House”. His disciple Ephraem wrote down his hagiography which is considered to be one of the most important & interesting book of the Russian Orthodox Christianity.
Saint Abraham was also famous in the Catholic world. Pope Paul III (1468-1549) canonized him as a Saint of the both branches of Christianity in 1549.
Excellent profile of Saint Abraham. I can see why he became a saint in both churches. Thanks for sharing.
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