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Glorification of Saint Gury (Karpov) Archbishop of Tauris

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  • Nelson Mitrophan Chin
    http://orthodox.cn/saints/20080421gurykarpov_en.htm Originally published in Russian by Simferopol and Crimean Diocese April 21, 2008 English translation by
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      Originally published in Russian by Simferopol and Crimean Diocese
      April 21, 2008

      English translation by Igor Radev

      Glorification of Saint Gury (Karpov) Archbishop of Tauris

      On April 18, 2008, during the session of the Holy Synod of the
      Ukrainian Orthodox Church, held under the auspices of His Beatitude
      Vladimir, Metropolitan of Kiev and of all Ukraine, a decision was
      passed to glorify the XIX century striver for piety, St Gury (Karpov),
      Archbishop of Tauris, as a locally revered saint.

      Archbishop Gury (in the world – Grigory Platonovich Karpov) was born
      in 1814 in the town of Saratov, to a family of a priest. After
      graduating from the Spiritual Seminary in 1837, he used to teach Latin
      to the higher classes of Saratov local Spiritual School. After
      finishing St Petersburg Spiritual Academy with a degree in Theology,
      he received monastic tonsure obtaining the name of Gury. On November
      20, 1839, he was ordained to the rank of Hieromonk. Following a
      special decree of the Holy Synod, he worked for almost twenty years at
      the Beijing Spiritual Mission. His equal to the Apostles' labor was
      recognized by both a State and Church award.

      Archbishop Gury translated into Chinese the Gospels, Service Book,
      Lives of the Saints, as well as other religious works. In China he
      also laid the foundations for subsequent theological and apologetic
      projects. In 1851 Fr Gury was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite.
      From 1867 he was entrusted with the care of Tauris Diocese. By his
      efforts, in 1873 the Tauris Spiritual Seminary was established and at
      the same time the school church dedicated to the Three Holy Hierarchs
      was built. The contemporaries praised the extraordinary wisdom of St
      Gury, his love for the neighbor, his unselfishness, mercy and
      steadfast faith. The Hierarch achieved many things for the Diocese:
      besides founding the Spiritual Seminary, the Consistory and the male
      Spiritual School, he also urged the Holy Synod to allocate resources
      for reconstruction of St Alexander of Neva Cathedral, aided money for
      development of different monasteries, and established in Simferopol
      the Tauris Diocesan House. He also conducted a remarkable missionary
      work and struggled with different sects. On his insistence, at the
      Seminary a department for study of schisms was formed, and its teacher
      was sustained by personal funds of the Archbishop. The Hierarch took
      care not only of the educational level of priests, but was also
      involved in the issue of professional competence of Church readers,
      and for them he opened an acolyte school in the Cathedral. For his
      labors Archbishop Gury was awarded the medal of St Anna of First,
      Second and Third Degree, St Vladimir of Second, Third and Fourth
      Degree, and was given a gem adorned panagia.

      Archbishop Gury was renowned for his encyclopedic knowledge. His large
      personal library numbering 2,556 volumes, he left it to the Seminary.
      Under his leadership the journal "Tauris Diocesan Bulletin" started to
      be published. St Gury reposed in 1882 and was buried in the crypt of
      St Alexander of Neva Cathedral. Just before the destruction of the
      Cathedral in 1929, the remains of Archbishop Gury together with those
      of four other priests were transferred to the town cemetery adjoined
      to the church of All Saints. The eye witnesses of the event testify
      that even 47 years after the burial, the saint's body remained
      incorrupt, and the vestments were preserved too. The parish members in
      the remembrance notes used to write: "For the incorruptibly reposed
      Hierarch Archbishop Gury".
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