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The Young Elder
A Biography of Blessed Archimandrite Ambrose of Milkovo

By Antony (Medvedev)

The Young Elder
Pamphlet, 78 pages
Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780884651321
Status: Available
Format: 9in x 6in

Category: Saint's Lives and Biographies

Series: Great Ascetics of Russia

The life of Elder Ambrose (1894-1933), whilst short by earthly standards, is presented to the reader as an ideal of the monastic life. Born in pre-revolutionary Russia, he was a spiritual child of the Optina monastery and of Metropolitan Antony (Krapovitsky) the first hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad. He escaped from Russia to Constantinople and thence to Serbia. Tonsured a monk by Metropolitan Antony in 1923 he served as a deputy Abbot in Bulgaria, before returning to Serbia as Abbot of the Monastery at Milkovo. Founded in the fifteenth century, it became the Elder's last and greatest work to labor for both its physical and spiritual rebirth.The life of Elder Ambrose (1894-1933), whilst short by earthly standards, is presented to the reader as an ideal of the monastic life.

This fascinating life is preceded by a detailed overview of the Orthodox understanding of monasticism and the chief characteristics of it, starting with the assumption that "Monasticism is the barometer of Church life."

Translator's Preface

Chapter 1: Before Optina 

Chapter 2: The Last Years in Russia

Chapter 3: Tsargrad (Constantinople) and Serbia

Chapter 4: At Petkovitsa

Chapter 5: Tonsure and Priesthood

Chapter 6: Pastoral Journey- A New Obedience

Chapter 7: In Bulgaria 

Chapter 8: The Spirit of Milkovo: Batiushka

Chapter 9: Some Features of his Pastorship

Chapter 10: Illness and Death

Archbishop Anthony (Medvedev) (1908–2000) served for over thirty years as the Archbishop of San Francisco in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Born and raised in pre-revolutionary Russia, he served in the White Army during the Russian Civil War and later became a monk. During World War II he served as a military chaplain and joined the Brotherhood of St. Job of Pochaev in Ladomirova, Czechoslovakia. After the war, he went with the brotherhood to Holy Trinity Monastery near Jordanville, New York, where he became an archimandrite. In 1956, he was consecrated Bishop of Melbourne, and served as vicar to Archbishop Philaret (Vosnesensky), the future First Hierarch of ROCOR. After the death of Archbishop John (Maximovitch), Bishop Anthony became the archbishop of San Francisco in 1968. During his tenure as archbishop he helped prepare and write services to many newly canonized saints, including St. Herman of Alaska, Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg, and St. John of San Francisco, his own predecessor. He reposed in 2000 and was buried at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville.

Publication Details:

Binding: Pamphlet, 78 pages
ISBN: 9780884651321
Format: 9in x 6in

BISAC Code:  BIO018000, REL049000
Imprint: Printshop of St Job of Pochaev

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