Died vicar of Optina Archimandrite Benedict

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The Governor Vvedensky stavropegic monastery – Optina Archimandrite Benedict (stumps) died after a long illness, said on Monday the website of the monastery.

Archimandrite Benedict was appointed Abbot of Optina Hermitage in 1990.

Ninth day of January 2018, he underwent surgery for amputation of the lower limbs on the background developed diabetes. In the deteriorating state of health on 20 January, the priest fell into a coma.

«With the Saints give rest, o Christ, the soul of Thy servant, Archimandrite Benedict, idezhe carry the disease, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but everlasting life,» — said in a statement on the website of the monastery.

Optina became famous because of his famous elders. This abode connected episodes in the life of some writers and thinkers of Russia. In the summer of 1878 after the death of his son came Dostoevsky, some scenes of «the Brothers Karamazov» was made under the impression of this trip. So, the prototype of the elder Zosima was elder Ambrose (St. Ambrose of Optina, canonized in 1988), living at that time in the Hermitage of Optina Pustyn.

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