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Metropolitan of Kuban and famous exorcist from Trinity-Sergius Lavra died of coronavirus

Metropolitan of Yekaterinodar and Kuban Isidor and a resident of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, Archimandrite German (Chesnokov), died on August 8 from complications caused by COVID-19, reports in Telegram working group under the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to coordinate the activities of church institutions in the context of the spread of coronavirus infection.

As reported on website Metropolitan of the Kuban Metropolitanate, Metropolitan Isidor (in the world Kirichenko Nikolai Vasilievich) died at the age of 80 after a “short and serious illness.” Isidore was tonsured a monk in 1967, in his fourth year at the Leningrad Theological Academy. He was elevated to the rank of Metropolitan in 2001. Since 2008, Isidore served as chairman of the Supreme Church-wide Court. He became the head of the Kuban Metropolitanate in 2013.

Isidor was awarded many ecclesiastical and secular awards, among them the medal of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, II degree, the insignia of servicemen of the North Caucasus Military District “For Service in the Caucasus”, the gold medal of the Russian Peace Foundation “For Peacekeeping and Charitable Activities”, award cross “For services to the Kuban Cossacks”, the Order of Honor; imperial order of St. Anne.

The illness of the inhabitant of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, Archimandrite German, became known in the spring. In May, there were reports of his death, and it was also claimed that he was in a coma and on a ventilator. IN Telegram channel The laurels called this information false, but they did not give details about the condition of Herman’s father, specifying only that it was consistently difficult. The archimandrite was 78 years old.

Father German was the rector of the Church of Peter and Paul – the courtyard of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad. Among the Orthodox believers, he was known for the fact that every Friday, Saturday and Sunday he performed the rite of “healing those possessed by unclean spirits” (“lecture of the possessed”), notes RIA Novosti.

Edition “Paper” in her last year’s report on the rite of exorcism, she wrote that for a long time Herman was the only priest in Russia to whom the Russian Orthodox Church was officially allowed to give lectures. Herman believed that an “unclean spirit” is possessed by a person if he sins, and he also called sin the cause of illness.

The disgraced schema-monk Sergiy (Romanov) from the Sredneuralsky nunnery, which from the end of May has been officially forbidden to do this, as well as to conduct divine services and to confess, was also engaged in exorcism.

In May, the Trinity-Sergius Lavra suffered several deaths caused by the coronavirus. Seven people died in a month: the chief physician of the monastery and the Moscow Theological Academy, hegumen Tikhon (Barsukov) , Hierodeacon Callistus (Kosulin), one of the oldest inhabitants of the Lavra, Archimandrite Lavrenty (Postnikov), Archimandrite Ilian (Plemenyuk), Hieromonk Modest (Panchenko), Abbot Ferapont (Apollo), Hierodeacon Polycarp (Sidorov). At the end of April, novice of the Moscow courtyard of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra Dmitry Pelipenko, hospitalized with suspected coronavirus, died after attempted self-immolation.

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