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Noted as one of the greatest Eastern Orthodox patristic writers of the nineteenth century, Dmitry Bryanchaninov was born on 15 February 1807 in the manor of Pokrovskoye to one of the wealthiest landowning families of the Governorate of Vologda. He was educated at Main Military Engineering School in St. Petersburg. Although Dmitry was successful in his studies, he was deeply dissatisfied with secular life and turned to a life of prayer.
While in the army he fell seriously ill and left on those grounds in 1827. Dmitry then pursued a monastic vocation and in 1831 took monastic vows, received the monastic name of Ignatius then shortly after was ordained a priest. He quickly rose to archimandrite and at the age of 26 was appointed superior of the Maritime Monastery of St. Sergius in St. Petersburg. Ignatius was consecrated Bishop of the Caucasus and the Black Sea only retiring four years later to the Nikolo-Babayevsky Monastery on the Volga devoting himself to spiritual writing.
He preceded by writing a large amount of material composed mostly of the spiritual and prayer life. Not much of these writings have been translated into English. Though his writings were primarily for monks they are strongly recommended for lay Christians by leading Orthodox figures such as Father Thomas Hopko.
Dmitry Alexandrovich Brianchaninov died on 30 April 1867 at the age of 60 in Nicolo-Babaevsky Monastery, Bolshie Soli, Kostroma Governorate. He was glorified (canonized) as a saint by the 1988 meeting of the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church. His relics are preserved at the ancient Tolga Monastery on the Volga River near Yaroslavl.
- “Sayings of St. Ignatius Brianchaninov”. Православие.RU. Retrieved 2020-07-11.
- Maximovitch, St. John. The Orthodox Veneration of Mary the Birthgiver of God, St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 1996. p. 20
- The Arena, pp. vi-vii.
- “Hopko, Thomas. In The Spiritual Arena“. Archived from the original on 2006-11-01. Retrieved 2006-11-02.
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