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Zosima and Basilisk
(1767 - 1833) Siberia

Zosima and Basilisk

Hesychast monks


Zosima and Basilisk were two Orthodox monks in Siberia who seem to have had a long romantic involvment with each other - not necessarily sexual. They are in the process of "glorification" (the Orthodox "recognition" of sainthood). Their "Life" make the importance of their relationship clear. Orthodox scholar, Nicholas Zymaris point out this couple as possible gay saints.

From their Life:

"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up. Again, if "two lie together, they are warm; but how can one be warm alone?"
(Ecclesiastes 4:9-11) Elder Zosima was one of the many holy hermits and desert dwellers that lived in the vast and wild forests of the Russian North. His biography reveals how the grace of God works in one who is devoted to the labor of unceasing noetic activity - unseen warfare and interior silence. Hesychasm is the mental activity of the Jesus Prayer, in the depths of the human heart. Through it the whole man is enlightened and sanctified.

He lived his loving spiritual relationship with his elder and co-mystic, Elder Basilisk, a great doer of the Jesus Prayer.


Source: Seraphim Rose, Life of Zosima and Basilisk, (Platina CA: St. Herman of Alaska Press)

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