Today is the third anniversary of the repose of Archbishop Micah of Yaroslavl, a war hero, restorer of Orthodoxy in Russia, and, most importantly, monastic. Follows my translation of his life.
Micah (Kharkharov) 1921-2005, Archbishop of Yaroslavl.
Archbishop Micah (in the world Alexander Alexandrovich Kharkharov) was born March 6, 1921, into the family of a laborer of St. Petersburg (Petrograd).
Growing up in a a religious family, he served in Transfiguration Cathedral and later in the St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra where he became acquainted with John (Vendland) the future metropolitan of Yaroslavl and Rostov.
In 1939 he moved to Tashkent where, the following year, with the blessing of his spiritual father, Archimandrite Gurii (Egorev), he entered the Tashkent Medical Institute. From 1942 to 1946 he served as a radio telegraphist in the army. He took part in the liberation of Leningrad, fought in Estonia and Czechoslovakia, and traveled as far as Berlin.
In May 1946 he became one of the first novices at Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra after it was reopened, where Archimandrite Gurii was abbot. After Archimandrite Gurii’s consecration to the episcopacy, Alexander went with him to the Tashkent diocese. On January 1, 1947, he was tonsured a monk, and on the 5 he was ordained a deacon. The following year he was ordained a priest.
He finished Moscow Theological Seminary in 1951. A firm foundation of monastic struggle was placed in his heart which was seen in his selfless devotion to serving the Church.
Dedicating his whole life to the service of God, he willingly took up any Church related task. He served in cathedrals and churches throughout the Soviet Union including in Tashkent, Saratov, Dniepropetrovsk and Minsk. For about a year he was a member of the brotherhood at Glisnk pustyn, and abbot of Holy Dormition Zhirovitsy Monastery in the Minsk diocese.
On April 20, 1963, he was raised to the rank of archimandrite and appointed to Holy Dormition Zhirovitsky Monastery where he served until 1969 when he was dismissed from his post for a well-disposed attitude towards Archbishop Germogen (Golubev) who had been exiled to the monastery for the defense of church interests.
In August 1969 he was appointed as dean of a church in the village of Baburin, Danilovsk district, Yaroslavl region, and the following year as dean of the Church of the Dormition in Rybinsk. In 1972 he was appointed dean of the Rybisnk district deanery.
In 1975 the future hierarch was appointed dean of the Resurrection Cathedral in Tutaev. In September of the same year he was also appointed to the Feodorovsk Cathedral in Yaraslavl and in 1982 was made its dean.
On December 17, 1993, Archimandrite Micah was consecrated as bishop of Yaroslavl and Rostov in Feodorovsk Cathedral. In 1995 he was raised to the rank of archbishop.
During his years of archpastoral service, Vladyka Micah saw many historical events: the restoration of the Russian Orthodox Church and her holy places, the reconstruction of churches and monasteries. The diocese began to actively cooperate with the government in the fields of education, culture, health-care, social services, prisons, and military regiments. Under Vladyka Micah’s direction materials were collected for the canonization of 82 saints from the Yaroslav diocese who suffered during the years of persecution.On October 7, 2002, Vladyka Micah retired from his duties as bishop, though until his blessed repose the physically weakened archpastor continued to provide for his spiritual children and to carry out divine services according to his strength.
Around midnight on October 22, 2005, Archbishop Micah reposed after receiving an annointing with oil and communion. “Quietly, peacefully, during the singing of a moleben he reposed. And we hope that his soul is before the throne of God, and that he will pray for us and for our Yaroslavl land,” said Archimandrite Benjamin, dean of Feodorovsk Cathedral. Vladyka was buried next to the Right Reverend Metropolitan John (Vendland) on the North side of Feodorovsk Cathedral in Yaroslavl.
For his many works for the good of the church, Vladyka Micah was awarded by Patriarch Alexey with the orders of St. Sergius of Radonezh, all degrees; St. Daniel of Moscow, I and II degrees; and St. Vladimir, I degree. In 2001 Vladimir Putin awarded Vladyka Micah
With his self-sacrificing archpastoral service, considerate and benevolent relation to all people, Archbishop Micah attracted many people to himself. For many years he ardently served for the good of the Holy Church and the Homeland, inspiring many with his example.