St Bassian of Uglich

Saint Bassian of Uglich was a disciple of St Paisius of Uglich (June 6). He was born in the village of Rozhalov, in the Kesov district of the city of Bezhetsk Verkha. He was descended from the Shestikhin princes, whose ancestor was the prince St Theodore of Smolensk (September 19).

St Bassian came to the Protection monastery when he was thirty-three years of age, and was soon tonsured by St Paisius. He fulfilled his obediences without complaint and lived in great abstinence. In 1482, St Bassian discovered the Protection Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos. Having spent twenty years at the monastery of St Paisius, St Bassian then asked a blessing to live in silence. His teacher blessed him saying, “Go my child, be guided by Christ with the blessed yoke of the Lord as it pleases Him. Soon you yourself shall form your own monastery and gather a monastic flock to the glory of the the Most Holy Trinity.”

In 1492 St Bassian left the monastery and, after spending time at the Nikolo-Uleimsk monastery, he went to a remote place thirty versts south of Uglich and began to live as a hermit. Soon people learned of his solitary habitation and began to come for advice and guidance.

In 1492, the saint built a wooden church dedicated to the Most Holy Trinity, and soon those wishing to live the monastic life came to be guided by him. St Bassian did not cease his relationship with his teacher until the latter’s death, at which he was present together with other disciples.

Having dwelt at the Trinity monastery for seventeen years, St Bassian died on February 12, 1509. Three years later, a man named Gerasimus received healing from unclean spirits at his grave, and another fellow named Valerian was healed of palsy.

St Bassian was glorified in 1548 at the uncovering of his incorrupt relics, over which a stone crypt was built. St Bassian is commemorated twice during the year: on the day of his repose, February 12, and on June 6 with his spiritual teacher St Paisius of Uglich.