Sava (Sabbas) of Storozhev and Zvenigorod

Orthodox Remembrance Day: 3 December and 19 January

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


Saint Savva of Zvenigorod left the world in his early youth and received the monastic tonsure from Saint Sergius of Radonezh (September 25 and July 5) and was his disciple and mitasket. Savva loved solitude and avoided talking to people. He lived in constant hardship, lamenting the poverty of his soul and trembling before god’s judgment. He was a model of simplicity and humility and attained such a depth of spiritual wisdom that he was “in the monastery of Saint Sergius the confessor of all the brothers, a venerable and exceedingly learned elder.”


When Grand Duke Demetrios of the Don built the Monastery of the Dormition of Our Lady on the Dubenka River in gratitude for the victory over Mamai, Savva became an Igoumen with the blessing of Saint Sergius. Maintaining the simple nature of his ascetic life, he ate plants, wore coarse clothing, and slept on the earth.


The life of Saint Savva, compiled in the 16th century, tells how the saint appeared at the end of the 15th century (1480-1490) to Father Dionysius, the fourth Igoumen of the monastery of Saint Savva, and said: “Dionysius! Wake up and paint my icon.” When Father Dionysius asked who he was, he replied, “I am Savva, the founder of this place.” Now Father Dionysius had not known the saint personally, so he summoned Elder Habakkuk, who had known Saint Savva in his youth, hoping to convince himself that his dream was not a deception. He described the saint’s outward appearance, and Father Habakkuk assured him that the saint looked exactly as the Igoumen had seen him in the dream. Then Father Dionysius obeyed the order and painted an icon of Saint Savva.

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