Whenever people came to Mother Alipia (Avdeeva; c. 1910-1988) of the Goloseevsky Hermitage [named after the Goloseevsky district in Kiev.—Trans.], a renowned twentieth-century holy eldress, and sought her help, she would tell them first to go to the grave of Hieromonk Alexei (Shepelev). “Go to the cemetery! A saint lies there,” the blessed nun used to say.
Two years ago the blessed elder Paul of Taganrog was recognized as a saint for the universal veneration by the Russian Orthodox Church. By his life he set a shining example of holiness in the world, and in him the Rostov region found its heavenly patron.
In the 1990s, an endless stream of people stretched from all corners of Russia to the Rylsk-St. Nicholas Monastery in the Kursk Province, —they came to resolve their most important issues, for help, and for consolation. The abbot of the monastery at that time was Archimandrite Hippolytus (Khalin, † 2002)—an unusually kind Russian elder who had passed through the spiritual school of Mt. Athos. Schema-Archimandrite Makary (Bolotov) once said of him, “If Russia had a hundred such elders, it would uproot and ascend to Heaven.”
For many he was more well known as Sergius of Prague. Vladyka Sergius (Korelev) spent twenty-four years of his life in Prague, and served as hierarch in countries of Western and Eastern Europe. The archbishop’s ascetic labors also have great significance for us today.