July 29 – Bogolep; Olaf

Bogolep the Child Schemamonk (1660–1667) was baptized “Boris” in Moscow, but spent most of his short life in Chorny Yar, where his father was voevoda (military commander). He was a devout infant, refusing to nurse on Wednesdays and Fridays (here, any mom who’s ever nursed says, “Ouch”), and crying inconsolably if the church bells rang… Continue reading July 29 – Bogolep; Olaf