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Rafailo of Sisatovac

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Hieromartyr '''Rafailo (Momcilović)''' (also ''Raphael''; Serbian: ''Свети свептеномученик Рафаило Шишатовачки'') was killed a Serbian who was the igumen and [[iconographer]] of the Šišatovac [[Monastery]] during World War II and was [[martyr]]ed, in 1941, for his Orthodox faith in 1941.
== Life ==
Rafailo (baptismal name Đorđe, or George) Momcilović was born on [[April 23]], 1875, to parents named Velimir and Persida, in a village called Deronje in the Bačka region. He also completed primary school here. When he was ten years old, he went to the Kovilj Monastery and afterwards to the Bođani Monastery. On [[October 26]], 1896, he took [[monk|monastic]] vows in the Manasija Monastery, with [[Igumen]] Miron (Đorđević) serving. On [[November 23]], 1896, Metropolitan Mihailo [[ordination|ordained ]] Rafailo a hierodeaconhiero[[deacon]]. Along with his spiritual rising and accomplishments, Rafailo improved his knowledge of painting by studying on an advanced level. He was educated in art in Belgrade, Moscow, and Italy. He painted the [[iconostasis|iconostases]] of [[church]]es in Velika Krsna (1902), the Rakovica Monastery (1905/6), Pačir and Gornji Kovilj (1908-10), and in the Ružica Church in Belgrade (1925-26). Hieromonk Rafailo painted many single [[icon]]s, then portraits of clergymen, and he was also a great landscape painter.
== Martyrdom ==
At the beginning of World War II, Archimandrite Rafailo was the igumen of the Šišatovac Monasterylocated in northern Serbia. On [[August 25]], 1941, the [[w:Ustaše|Ustashe]] (a Croatian nationalist militia) arrested him, together with three other monastics of the Šišatovac Monastery, and transported them by train to Slavonska Požega. During this transport, Igumen Rafailo was tortured in different ways: They hit him with different objects and tore out his beard. In the concentration camp in Slavonska Požega, the afflictions of Hieromonk Rafailo continued. After monstrous tortures he died on [[September 3]], 1941. No one knows where he was buried.
At the regular session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1999, Abbot Rafailo was canonized[[glorification|glorified]], and his name was entered in the List of Names of the Serbian Church as "the Hieromartyr." His memory feast is on [[August 21]]/[[September 3]]—the day of his death.
== [[Troparion]] ==
[[Category:Serbian Saints]]
[[Category:Modern Saints]]

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