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After completing the Tambov Religious School and then the Theological Seminary, he enrolled in the [[Moscow Theological Academy and Seminary|Moscow Theological Academy]], then under the rectorship of Archimandrite [[Anthony (Khrapovitsky) of Kiev|Anthony (Khrapovitsky)]], the future Metropolitan and First Hierarch of the [[ROCOR]]. After completing the Academy, in April 1898, he was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]] by [[Bishop]] Alexander of Tambov with the name Anastasy for St Anastasy of Sinai. On [[April 23]], 1898, he was ordained [[hierodeacon]], and shortly thereafter [[hieromonk]].
In 1900, hieromonk Anastasy was appointed inspector of the Bethany Theological Seminary, near [[Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra|Trinity - St. Sergius Lavra]]. In 1901 he became inspector of the Moscow Theological Seminary, with elevation to the rank of [[archimandrite]]. On [[June 29]], 1906, he was [[ordination|ordained]] Bishop of Serpukhov, vicar of the Moscow [[diocese]]. At his ordination, he pronounced a remarkable homily "The True Way of Christ's Pastoral Work," in which he
proficied the upcoming turmoil and persecutions.
In the position of vicar of the Moscow diocese, Bishop Anastasy's responsibilities included daily services in the [[Dormition Cathedral (Moscow Kremlin)|Dormition Cathedral]], the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and other Muscovite churches and monasteries, as well as visitations of [[parish]]es, direction of institutions of theological learning, and direction of a committee to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Borodino and the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty.