Baku, Azerbaijan, June 11, 2021
His Eminence Archbishop Alexander of Baku and Azerbaijan reposed in the Lord after a long and serious illness yesterday on the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, reports the Russian Orthodox Church.
Vladyka Alexander was 68 years old. He served in ordained ministry for 46 years, including 12 years as a hierarch.
He is the third hierarch of the Russian Church to repose within a week. His Grace Bishop Arkady (Afonin) reposed in the Lord on June 3, and His Eminence Archbishop Elevthery of Şymkent and Taraz reposed the next day.
May Abp. Alexander’s memory be eternal!
Abp. Alexander was born on June 13, 1952 in Yaroslavl. After graduating from high school in 1969, he entered the Leningrad Chemical and Pharmaceutical Institute and served in the army.
In 1975, he was tonsured as a monk and ordained as a hierodeacon and then hieromonk and sent to serve in the Stavropol Diocese. He graduated from the Moscow Theological Seminary through correspondence courses. He later served as the dean of churches in North Ossetia, where he helped restore churches.
In 1988, he was elevated to the rank of archimandrite. Beginning in 1992, he served various parishes in Azerbaijan. In 1995, he became rector of the cathedral in Baku and dean of churches in Azerbaijan.
On January 14, 1999, he was consecrated Bishop of Baku. He was elevated to the rank of archbishop on July 18, 2012. His Eminence received both Church and governmental awards throughout his ministry.