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A Champion of Good
The Life of Father Ilarion

By Natalia Mikhailovna Kopyttseva Translated by Nathan K. Williams

A Champion of Good
Paperback, 216 pages
Published: 1st October 2011
ISBN: 9780884651895
Status: Available
Format: 9in x 6in

Electronic book text (EPUB), 216 pages
Published: 2nd January 2012
ISBN: 9780884652076
Status: Available

Electronic book text (MobiPocket), 216 pages
Published: 2nd January 2012
ISBN: 9780884652304
Status: Available

Category: Saint's Lives and Biographies

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In Father I saw a person who lived for God…. In all life’s situations, Fr Ilarion maintained a grace-imbued state of spirit, the fruits of which were love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and the other virtues that made it impossible to be near him and not feel glad just to be alive.

Many lovers of literature are familiar, through Dostoyevsky’s works, with the concept of the Russian "Staretz," or spiritual elder. This biography offers a vivid portrayal of an authentic Staretz of our own day, Father Ilarion—a monk of the renowned Glinsk hermitage in modern-day Ukraine, who spent much of his life as a parish priest in a village in the Novgorod region of Russia. His life offers a vision of a simple Christian life in the contemporary world that will captivate the reader and awaken or rekindle a desire to live a life centered on the love of God and neighbour rather than on the pursuit of material wealth.

It also presents unique insights into the Orthodox Church in Russia under communism and in the immediate post-communist period, demonstrating how the Faith was kept alive after the closure of so many churches and monasteries and the exile or execution of clergy and believers. The account of the life of the Glinsk hermitage is particularly detailed. With many first hand contributions from Father Ilarion’s spiritual children, this history also provides a glimpse into contemporary Russian culture and religious perspectives. 

The book includes an eight page glossy photo insert.



Preface to the English Language Edition

From the Preface to the Russian Language Edition

Part I: LIFE

1. From Infancy to Monastic Rebirth

2. At the Glinsk Hermitage: “A Monastery in the World”

3. After the Glinsk Hermitage: The Elder and the Elders in the World

4. The Glinsk Hermitage Today: The Canonization of Its Elders

5. His Spiritual Father, Ioann (Krestyankin), and Other Mentors

6. The Leningrad Years

7. At the Church of the Holy Apostle Philip in Novgorod

8. Bronnitsa: The Birthing of Paradise

9. Asleep in the Body, but Alive in God

10. The Beauty of Immortality


11. Alive in Death – A Lofty Spiritual Image

12. Worship, Prayer, and Fasting

13. A Shepherd and Minister to His Flock

14. Sorrows and Consolation

15. A Confessor of Souls

16. The Patriarch and the Pilgrims

17. Charisma

18. In the Holy Land: The Garden of Gethsemane

Appendix 1: Chronology

Appendix 2: Liturgical Texts for the Glinsk Icon of the Most-Holy Mother of God

Appendix 3: Memorial Verses




Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 216 pages
ISBN: 9780884651895
Format: 9in x 6in

Binding: Electronic book text, 216 pages
ISBN: 9780884652076

Binding: Electronic book text, 216 pages
ISBN: 9780884652304

BISAC Code:  BIO018000, REL012040, REL049000
Imprint: Printshop of St Job of Pochaev

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