"Our Pilgrimage to Russia" Mozhayevka by hunterV
Mozhayevka Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 193 photos
I was privileged to sty in this village several times. My first visit to the village of Mozhayevka, Rostov region of Russia, had not been planned, but turned out to be a success. We had to visit Mozhayevka to get the blessing of Father Sergius, the church dean, as pilgrims to be able to stay in the neighboring village of Yelan that was our destination then.
It was great to take part in the Feast Day of Vladimir-root icon of the Mother of God on June 2-4, 2011. The Feast Day of this icon is observed on June 3.
It was our second visit to Mozhayevka and we stayed there for two days and two nights.
We went there on the invitation of Father Sergius, the local cathedral dean, who had become our good friend.
We revisited Mozhayevka on June 4-5, 2012 and on June 3, 2013 and attended in the Feast Day liturgy again.
My friend Gregory and I revere our local saint Elder Philip of Luhansk. We are parishioners of the Chapel of Philip of Luhansk. Gregory used to visit Elder Philip at his home since 1936 and continued doing so until Elder Philip passed away in 1956. Gregory was almost like a son to Elder Philip.
Philip of Luhansk (1858-1956) lived in Luhansk and used to visit his friends in the village of Yelan and neighboring villages and stayed there many times.
We decided to make a short pilgrimage to the village of Yelan, to meet the local priest and to establish contacts with the local parish. We knew that Father Sergius, the local priest, revered Elder Philip of Luhansk and had collected a lot of material about the life and heavenly miracles of Elder Philip.
We got our priest's blessing for the pilgrimage at our chapel in Luhansk and set out by a local train. It took us about two and a half hours to get to the end station called the 122nd Kilometer and one more hour to walk to the village church.
We intended to meet the local priest and it became possible thanks to the help of the locals.
We hired a local driver who took us to the neighboring village of Mozhayevka. It was necessary because we wanted to meet the local priest who preached in three churches of the area.
Mozhayevka is a small village in Tarassovsky County of Rostov region.
It is located in the north-west of Rostov region, our Russian neighbor, to the north of Yelan that was the aim of our first pilgrimage, on the border with Ukraine. The village lies on the left bank of the Derkul.
Mozhayevka is the center of Voykovo rural settlement - one of the ten rural settlements of Tarassovsky County, Rostov region.
To be more precise, we should say khutor. The locals stressed they were not a village, but a khutor. In fact, all the villages like Mozhayevka are called khutor there.
When we hear khutor in Ukraine (“khutir” in Ukrainian), we imagine a single-homestead rural settlement, or a farmstead of Eastern Europe. The word itself came from Ukraine, but later was applied to farmsteads in Russia.
Historically, khutors were founded as a result of exploration of new lands by Cossacks. In the Cossack-settled regions of Ukraine, the Don area and the Cuban area the word khutor was used to describe new settlements, irrespective of the actual number of homesteads that had detached themselves from a bigger village or a stanitsa.
We were privileged to talk to Father Sergius, to have lunch with him and to have his blessing.
Also, he presented us with a small calendar-size icon of St.Seraphim of Sarov, a very revered Russian saint. The icon contains a piece of soil from the place where the Most Holy Mother of God appeared to St.Seraphim of Sarov. Father Sergius received those small icons in Moscow from the hands of Patriarch Alexius II.
We presented Father Sergius with several books about Philip of Luhansk that I had received from local priest Father Mikhail in Luhansk who served at Elder Philip's Chapel.
Father Sergius also reveres Elder Philip of Luhansk and has collected a lot of people's reminiscences about Elder Philip.
We had very good impressions of our three visits.
- Pros:hospitable people, a nice new church, broad streets
- Cons:the roads leave much to be desired
- In a nutshell:A Nice Border Khutor
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