March 2, 2024

True Orthodox Diocese of Western Europe

Russian True Orthodox Church (RTOC)

What Was Hidden in Some Pits

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Monk Angelist (left), Monk Gabriel (center), Monk Raphael (right)

Hieromonk Anthony from Tolshevsky monastery served secretly from one house to another. He
tonsured many into monasticism.

In 1942 he and three monks dug out an underground hut in a shed (in Uglyanka) and there constructed a church with an altar. It was a secret monastery. Three monks lived with him: Fr. Raphael, Fr. Gabriel, and Fr. Angelist – old men whom he had tonsured into monasticism. And they were such workers! They never left the dug-out and slept there.

[*A dug-out, also known as a pit-house or earth lodge, is a shelter for humans or domesticated
animals and livestock based on a hole or depression dug into the ground. Dugouts can be fully recessed into the earth, with a flat roof covered by ground, or dug into a hillside. They can also be semi-recessed, with a constructed wood or sod roof standing out. These structures are one of the most ancient types of human housing.]


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