Jerermiah of Kazan

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His Eminence Jerermiah of Kazan was the sixth Archbishop of Kazan of the Church of Russia, serving from 1576 to 1581. The icon of Our Lady of Kazan was discovered during his episcopate.


Jerermiah was born of a merchant family of Moscow. The date of his birth is unknown. He entered a life of monasticism and was tonsured a monk at the Joseph Volokolamsk Monastery, an received the name Jerermiah. Subsequently, he joined the Savior – Transfiguration Monastery of Kazan. In 1567, he was raised to the dignity of archimandrite and was appointed abbot of the monastery by Abp. Herman (Sadyrev-Polevoy) of Kazan. In 1566, Abp. Herman was called to Moscow by Tsar Ivan IV to be Metropolitan of Moscow. Archim. Jerermiah joined him in Moscow. After St. Herman's death in 1567, Archim. Jerermiah, with Archim. Hirodion, abbot of the Sviyazhsk Monastery, buried him.

After the repose of Abp. Tikhon I in 1576, Father Jerermiah was consecrated his successor as Archbishop of Kazan. Abp. Jerermiah served the Kazan cathedra until his death in 1581. It was during Abp. Jerermiah's episcopate that the Kazan icon of The God’s Mother was found on July 8, 1579.

Apparently, foreseeing his repose, Abp. Jerermiah journeyed back to the Joseph Volokolamsk Monastery where he began his monastic life. There, he died and was buried in 1581.

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Jerermiah of Kazan
Preceded by:
Tikhon I (Khvorostinin)
Archbishop of Kazan
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