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Sophrony (Sakharov)

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[[ImageFile:sophrony8Saint Sophrony of Essex.jpg|right|framethumb|Archimandrite Saint Sophronyof Essex ]][[Saint]] Sophrony, was best known as the disciple and biographer of St [[Silouan the Athonite]] and compiler of St Silouan's works, and as the founder of the [[Patriarchal Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist (Maldon, Essex)|Patriarchal Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist]] in Tolleshunt Knights, Maldon, Essex, England.
===Essex, England===
By 1958, Elder Sophrony had a number of people living near him, seeking the monastic life. A property at Tolleshunt Knights, Maldon, Essex, England was inspected, and the next year the Community of St John the Baptist was formed at this site, under the [[omophorion]] of Metropolitan [[Anthony (Bloom) of Sourozh]]. The monastery had both monks and nuns, something that has continued to the present, and originally had six members. In 1965, the monastery would move under the omophorion of the [[Church of Constantinople|Ecumenical Patriarchate]], adding the title 'Patriarchal' to its name. Later, the Ecumenical Patriarchate elevated the monastery to '[[Stavropegic]]'.
[[Image:sophrony8.jpg|right|frame|Archimandrite Sophrony]]
In 1973, a more complete translation of the life of St Silouan, under the title ''Monk of Mt Athos'', was published, followed by the publication of ''Wisdom of Mt Athos'', the writings of St Silouan. Elder Sophrony seemed to move to his own works after this, publishing ''His Life is Mine'' in 1977 and ''We Shall see Him As He Is'' in 1985. This last book, a very frank, open spiritual autobiography, was published to mixed reviews: where the West generally enjoyed the book, the Russians generally criticized it. Some of the criticism was so stinging that it, along with increasing illness, discouraged Elder Sophrony from writing again.
''On Prayer'', a book containing Elder Sophrony's writings on prayer, particularly the [[Jesus Prayer]], was published posthumously.
On October 22November 27, 2019, the Ecumenical Patriarchate announced the glorification of Elder Sophrony as a saint of the Orthodox Church.
* Biography & photos of Elder Sophrony Sakharov []
* Ecumenical Patriarchate canonizes Elder Sophrony []
*Official canonization []
[[Category:Russian Saints]]

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