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Simon (Vinogradov)

Archbishop Simon

English Translation by Igor Radev

Surname, Name, Patronymic: Vinogradov Sergey Andreevich

Rank: Archbishop

Date of Birth: XIX Century

Date of Tonsure: May 7, 1899, XIX century

Date of Consecration: September 4/17, 1922, XX century

Date of Repose: February 11/24, 1933, XX century

Church affiliation: Russian Orthodox Church

Biography

Abp Simon and unidentified clergy
from Boris Aleksandrov

Simon (Vinogradov Sergey), Archbishop of Beijing and China.
He was born in 1876 in Vladimir on Klyazma in the family of priest Andrei Vinogradov. At the age of four he lost his mother and at the age of six he lost his father as well. He, as the youngest of four children, stayed with his grandmother. He finished with success the Spiritual School and the Spiritual Seminary.
In 1898 he entered the Kazan Spiritual Academy. Still a student in his first year, on May 7, 1899, he was tonsured a monk by Metropolitan Anthony (Hrapovicky) and made a deacon.
In 1902, he graduated from the Spiritual Academy obtaining a degree in Theology and beginning from May 16, 1902, he became member of the Spiritual Mission in Beijing, just after the quelling of the Boxer Rebellion. The renewal of the Mission was left on his efforts.
On August 15, 1907, he was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite. Some time afterwards he lives in Harbin as a caretaker of a monastery, and then returns back to Beijing as a Assistant to the Head of the Spiritual Mission, Metropolitan Innokenty. In 1919 he was consecrated Bishop of Shanghai.
On September 17, 1922, he is appointed Bishop of Harbin and Deputy Head of the Spiritual Mission.
On May 12, 1926, he comes to Shanghai. Under his guidance here schools, hospitals, Mission buildings etc were built.
On June 26, 1931, after the repose of Metropolitan Innokenty (Figurovsky), he, as an Archbishop, becomes the Head of the Mission. Thanks to his efforts in Beijing the "Chinese Evangelist" began to be published.
He reposed on February 11/24, 1933. He was put to rest at the Church of the Holy Martyrs besides the tomb of Metropolitan Innokenty of Beijing.
Remembered as an ascetic and outstanding preacher his repose was mourned by all the people. During the transfer of his body in 1940 its incorrupted state was noted.

Works:

" Types of a Christian life Types of Christian life according to the works of Mark the Ascetic and Macarius the Great in comparison with Dostoevsky". // "Orthodox Dialogist" 1905, June, pg.25.
Sermon from January 1/14, 1933, // Orthodox Russia 1958, № 3, pg. 5.
Sermon from April March 28/April 8, 1928, // Orthodox Russia 1950, № 6, pg. 3.

Bibliography:

Photo from Boris
Aleksandrov's book
"Beiguan"

"Orthodox Dialogist" 1901, February, pg.93. (report)
"Orthodox Dialogist" 1905, June, pg.26. (report)
"Orthodox Dialogist" 1905, November, pg.83. (report)
"Kitaisk. Blag." [Chinese Evangelist] 1947, № 8-9. pg. 9, 10, 37.
"Newsletter of Kazan Diocese" 1903, № 3, pg. 23.
Archimandrite Constantine, Quarter century from the repose of Archbishop Simon, Orthodox Russia. 1958, № 3, pg. 4-5.
Ch. Personal memories of the Bishop, ebda. s. 6.
Nestor (Levitin), Healing of a possessed by Archishop Simon, tbda. s. 6
G. Seide, Geschichte der ROK im Ausland 424, passim, bes. 426.
Church Life, 1933, 3, 34-37.
N. Rklitsky, the Biography VII, 235.

Duties and places of service

Assistant
at the Russian Spiritual Mission in China May 16, 1902 XX century

at the Beijing Diocese July (?) 1931, XX century  -   February 1933, XX century

Head
of the Russian Spiritual Mission in China 1931, XX century  -   1933, XX century