June 17, 2020

Saint Ananias the Iconographer of Novgorod (+ 1581)

St. Ananias of Novgorod (Feast Day - June 17)

Venerable Ananias was an iconographer of the Antoniev Monastery in Novgorod, and who lived in asceticism during the sixteenth century. An account about him is included in the narration about the miracles of the Venerable Anthony the Roman, from which it is known that the iconographer Ananias painted "marvelous icons of many holy wonderworkers" and, fulfilling a monastic vow, not once in thirty-three years did he go outside the monastery walls. Historical records impute the time of his blessed end as the year 1581 on June 17th.