The Monk Philip
Commemorated on November 14
The Monk Philip,
in the world Theophil, was the founder of the Irapsk wilderness-monastery. As
an orphan not remembering his parents and going around, the 12 year old
Theophil settled near the Komel'sk monastery and lived on charity. The
Monk Kornilii (Comm. 19 May) accepted the pious youth into the monastery
and after three years tonsured him a monk with the name Philip. Meek, humble
and hard-working, at the request of the brethren he was deigned the priesthood.
His striving for greater efforts led him to withdraw to the Belozersk
outskirts. Here, having the patronage of prince Andrei Sheleshpansky – who had
allotted him land near the River Irapa, 45 versts from Cherepovets – the monk
built a chapel in the Name of the Most Holy Trinity and made for himself a cell.
News about the holy wilderness-dweller spread throughout all the surroundings,
and monks began to flock to him. Soon at the place of the chapel was built a
church in the Name of the Holy Life-Originating Trinity. The Monk Philip dwelt
in the wilderness for 15 years and died at age 45. His relics were placed
beneathe a crypt in the Trinity temple. Over his grave was an icon, written
through a vision by the monk Theodosii. Soon after the death of Saint Philip,
at the place of his efforts arose the Krasnoborsk Philippov monastery.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.