January 17, 2019

Saint Anthony of Black Lake (+ 1598)

St. Anthony of Chernoezersk (Feast Day - January 17)

Venerable Anthony of Black Lake founded the Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God at Black Lake [Chernoezersk] in the Novgorod area, not far from the city of Cherepovets. He reposed in 1598.

The monastery was on an island of the Schirsk countryside. It twice suffered complete destruction: in 1581, from the Lithuanians; and in 1682, from the Swedes. The monastery was closed in 1764.

Today there is a cross with an icon of Saint Anthony over the spot where the Chernoezersk Monastery once stood.