Berryton, Kanasa (3/25/2005) - A new
Akathist Hymn has been composed for Hieromartyr Leonid Ivanovich
Feodorov by Subdeacon Randolf L. Brown. This work has been submitted for
ecclesiastical approbation but has not yet been approved. It is offered
here for private use. To view this new Akathist Hymn in Adobe pdf format
The Supplementary Canon can be viewed
Hieromartyr (Priest-Monk) Leonid Ivanovich
Feodorov was born in a pious Russian Orthodox family on 4 November 1879
in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was primarily raised by his mother, Liubov
Dimitrievna, as his father was a cook and often worked very long hours.
He entered the St. Petersburg Theological Academy.
In 1902, he left his studies at the Petersburg Spiritual Academy and
travelled abroad. He was well read in the works of Soloviev and Bulgakov.
He frequented the fledgling Russian Catholic community in St.
Petersburg, along with his mother becoming acquainted with Frs. Alexei
Zerchaninov and Eustachy Susalev, the Abrikosova and Ushakova families
and others of the Russian Catholic community, and he eventually embraced
Catholicism as a Russian Greek Catholic.
He was ordained to the diaconate, and two days later to the priesthood
in Constantinople by the hand of Bulgarian Catholic Bishop +Mikhail
Mirov. He never abandoned a vision of unity between Russian Orthodoxy
and Catholicism. He truly believed full unity was possible without
abandoning any of the liturgical, spiritual, and theological treasures
of the Russian tradition.
Metropolitan +Andrei Sheptytsky received Leonid as a monastic novice,
Leonid having long been drawn to the life of St. Theodore the Studite
and his Rule. In 1913 he became a monk and was sent by Metropolitan
Andrei to assist in the formation of a new Studite foundation in
Kamenica. After his return to tsarist Russia, in connection with the
beginning of World War I he was exiled to Tobolsk, Siberia.
In 1917, he was released and appointed Exarch of the Russian Greek
Catholic Church at the Synod in St. Petersburg. His second imprisonment
came in 1923 by the Bolsheviks, and lasted ten years. From 1926 to 1929
he served his term in Solovki and later in exile in various places, and
finally Viatka. He died as a martyr for church unity on 7 March 1935.
“We expect that the Exarch is on the road to glorification through
beatification. Of course, it is much too early to talk about this, but
all of us were strongly impressed by his holiness, strengthened by the
crown of martyrdom and death; this certainly supports our expectations.
On the other hand, as a Russian Catholic, as Exarch, as someone who died
at the hands of the Bolsheviks, it seems to us that he will be right in
the center of attention of the entire Church.”
- from Metropolitan Sheptytsky’s letter to Prince Volkonsky of 4 May
The Hieromartyr Leonid Ivanovich Feodorov was beatified on June 27th,
2001, by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. In his life he never ceased to
pray and be a victim for Church unity, always faithful to the full
practice of his Russian liturgical tradition. His day of commemoration
by the Church has been established as his date of repose, March 7/20.
Submitted by Subdeacon Randolph L. Brown