September 18 – Hilarion of Optina; John Macias

Hilarion of Optina (1805–1873) was born on Pascha night, as was our salvation. He was apparently mocked for being a clumsy lad, although our source only mentions this embarrassing fact to explain his lifelong quiet thoughtfulness (kof). Young Rodion (for that was his name) followed his father into the tailory, in spite of the fact… Continue reading September 18 – Hilarion of Optina; John Macias