Abp DIMITRY (Voznesensky) of Hailar
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English Translation by Igor Radev
Surname, Name, 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
He was born in 1871 in Kursk Province.
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
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
On September 29, 1946, he went to Moscow, from where he retired to the
He reposed on 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
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]
"Children's Prayer Book with Simple Explanations of the Prayer Text".
"The Diary of Murzilka: A Tale of the Travels, Wonderings, Mischief
and Pranks of the Little Wood People". Harbin, n.d.
"Church Bulletin" 1898, No. 40, pg. 370, 1904, No. 10, pg. 97.
"JMP [Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate]" 1945, No. 10, pg. 5, 1947,
No. 2, pg. 4, 6.
"Russian Orthodox Church", pg. 44.
"Journal of the Kazan Diocese" 1904, No. 12-13, pg. 369.
"Church Life" 1934, 7, 114-119.
Duties and Places of Service:
Teacher: Kursk Spiritual Seminary; 1898, XIX Century 1904, XX Century.
Hierarch: Hailar Diocese; 1934 September 16/29, 1946, XX Century.