"Our Pilgrimage to Russia" Mozhayevka by hunterV

Mozhayevka Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 193 photos

Unplanned Visit

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.

A Village or a Khutor?

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.

Meeting Father Sergiy

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 and Cons
  • Pros:hospitable people, a nice new church, broad streets
  • Cons:the roads leave much to be desired
  • In a nutshell:A Nice Border Khutor
  • Last visit to Mozhayevka: Jun 2013
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Thanks Victor for this interesting virtual tour. This is somewhere I will never go, so its been great to read about it and to see your photos!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2014 at 3:37 AM

    Hello Victor, Really enjoyed reading about your visit to this village of Mozhayevka. Nice that you were with a church group and stayed and ate with the locals. Hans and I are doing well and still traveling. Hope all is well with you and family.

    • hunterV's Profile Photo
      Jul 7, 2014 at 3:58 AM

      Thanks, Lori! Best wishes from Ukraine to both of you)

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Interesting travel page on the village of Mozhayevka. Glad to know that you have visited this village several times and you have got the blessing of the church dean. Thanks for sharing this wonderful travel page with fascinating photographs. ~ho & pang

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Great updatings here since July of 2009! It was interesting to know that you took part in the Feast Day of Vladimir-root icon of the Mother of God. Funny that local geese are friendly and not aggressive.

  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    Hi Victor
    Another of your fascinating pages about places that I didn't even know existed!
    As a matter of interest, are you seeing more interest in your pages (particularly the ones on Ukraine) in the runup to Euro 2012?

  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Little bridges over streams....geese....white swans made of....used tyres
    Enjoyable page

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    most interesting page, learned a lot, especially the Fools for Christ, which i followed from your link. i suppose st. simon stylite fits the bill too.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    You are a wealth of information of your local area Victor! Another lovely travel!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    What an interesting story you tell of your visit here! And the new church looks beautiful :-)

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    What a nice pilgrimage and even if unplaned, you met Father Sergiy! Beautiful place and church...

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