The Solovki Islands clustered within the White Sea not far
from the Artic Circle have been home to monastic prayer
since 1429, when monks Herman and Savvatius arrived from
the St. Cyril of White Lake Monastery to live the
anchoretic life. Solovki Monastery was soon founded
in 1436 by
Monk Zosima, who became its first abbot. Since then the
islands of Solovki have played a vast historic role in
Russian national life.
In honor of these three saints of Solovki whom we
celebrate today, we are revisiting selections from an
amazing photo exhibit displayed in November
of 2010 in the Christ the Savior Cathedral: “Solovki:
Golgotha and Resurrection”, dedicated to the
twentieth anniversary of the renewal of monastic life at
Solovki. The exhibition showed the history of Solovki
Monastery from its height spanning the sixteenth through
nineteenth centuries to the time of its discretion in the
twentieth century, when it was turned into a concentration
Here are photos by a participant in the exhibit,
Sergei Veretennikov, showing the northern splendor of
Panorama of Solovki Monastery
The Church of St. Andrew the First Called, on Large Rabbit Island.
Patriarchal Service at the relics of Saints Zosima, Sabbatius, and Herman of Solovki.
Patriarch Kirill with the brothers of the Golgotha-Crucifixion Skete.
Liturgy in the Church of St. Andrew.
The “Jordan,” where the brothers immerse themselves on Theophany.
Bells in winter.
Cross procession with a blessing of the waters on the feast of Theophany.
A veneration cross by a spring on Anzer Island.
The procession with the Panagia, from church to refectory.
Father and son.
Waiting with flowers for the Patriarch.
On Sekira hill in winter.