June 16 – Moses of Optina; Lutgardis of Aywières

Moses of Optina (1782–1863) went to Moscow to seek his fortune when he was nineteen, and after an unexpected rendezvous with a monastic recruiter in a dark alley, ended up becoming a monk at Sarov under the famous Seraphim (Jan 2). From there he moved to Roslavl, then finally to Optina. Bishop Philaret (the future… Continue reading June 16 – Moses of Optina; Lutgardis of Aywières