of Exile: A Russian
Patronymic: Voznesensky Nikolai Fedorovich
Place of Birth: Kursk Province
Place of Repose: Leningrad
Date of Birth: 1871, XIX Century
Date of Repose: January 31, 1947, XX Century
Church Affiliation: Russian Orthodox Church
DIMITRY (Voznesensky Nikolai
Fedorovich), Archbishop of Hailar in Harbin Diocese.
He was born in 1871 in Kursk
In 1898 he graduated from the
Moscow Spiritual Academy with a degree in Theology, after which he taught
History of Debunking the Schism in the Kursk Spiritual Seminary.
On February 19, 1904, he was
removed under his own request from the school service.
Later he became teacher of the
Law of God (Catechesis) to the Poltava Cadet Corps, where he also published the
journal “Faith and Life”.
After receiving the holy
orders, he first served in Kursk as a priest, and then as an archpriest.
In 1909 he was appointed an
archpriest to the Blagveshchensk Cathedral.
In 1917 he moved to Harbin,
where he held the post of residing archpriest attached to St Nicholas Cathedral
and at the same time served as a lecturer at the East China Railway Commercial
School. Afterwards he was appointed the rector of the Holy Iveron Mother of God
Church in Harbin.
In 1934 he was consecrated the
Bishop of Hailar while remaining the rector of the mentioned church. In 1944 he was elevated to the rank of archbishop.
On September 29, 1946, he went
to Moscow, from where he retired to the Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery.
January 31, 1947, in
Leningrad, where he was buried at the larger Ohtensk cemetery. The burial
service was performed by Gregory, the Metropolitan of Leningrad and Novgorod,
and Yuvenaly, Bishop of Chelyabinsk.
In the Journal of the Moscow
Patriarchate a statement of this Far Eastern bishop was published, in which he
called for reunification with the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Hierarch was distinguished
for his piety, strictness regarding the proper keeping of the statutes and
Church regulations. He was always austere toward himself but lenient in regard
to others, he attracted the faithful with his love and kindness. Thrice a week
he served the Divine Services.
Together with Metropolitan
Melety he had shown a remarkable zeal in protecting the Orthodox Faith in his
battle against the Japanese coercion to force the Russian people to bow to the
goddess Amaterasu, at the same time being unshaken by the threats and repression
from the Japanese administration. He wrote commentaries on Revelation and the
Psalms. He has also written many other religious and ethical books, some of
which it was impossible to identify.
“How to Transform
Our Spiritual Schools and Seminaries”. Harkov, 1906.
“Short Accounts from
the History of the Christian Church”. Harbin, 1921.
“The Wolf and the
Goat: Fables”. Harbin, n.d. [no date of publication]
Book with Simple Explanations of the Prayer Text”. Shanghai, 1948.
“The Diary of Murzilka: A Tale of the Travels,
Wonderings, Mischief and Pranks of the Little Wood People”. Harbin, n.d.
1898, № 40, pg. 370, 1904, № 10, pg. 97.
“JMP [Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate]” 1945, № 10, pg. 5,
1947, № 2, pg. 4, 6.
“Russian Orthodox Church”, pg. 44.
“Journal of the Kazan Diocese” 1904, № 12-13, pg. 369.
”Church Life” 1934, 7, 114-119.
Teacher: Kursk Spiritual Seminary; 1898, XIX Century – 1904, XX
Hierarch: Hailar Diocese; 1934 –
September 16/29, 1946, XX Century.