Alexander Vetelev

Picture of Alexander Vetelev

Date of Birth: 06/12/1892

Age: 83

Place of birth: village Rastyapino

Citizenship: Russia


Born in the family of a deacon. He graduated from the Kazan Theological Academy in 1917 with a degree in Theology (Ph.D. topic work "Novikov (life and worldview)"), the Supreme socio-legal institute in Sevastopol in 1921, the faculty of Russian language Evening Pedagogical Institute in Moscow in 1929.

Master of Theology (1950, theme of dissertation: "Homiletics (academic course of lectures on the theory and practice of the Orthodox Church and preaching) for II year Academy"). Doctor of Theology (1967, thesis: "The Divine Liturgy (explanations experience in relation to the requirements of pastoral dushepopechitelnosti)") ..

Until 1945 he worked in the public education system. March 10, 1945 was ordained to the priesthood. Since 1945 - Associate Professor, in 1950-1957 and in 1965-1976 - Professor at the Department of homiletics and moral theology of the Moscow Theological Academy. He was one of the scientists who received higher education in the pre-revolutionary spiritual academy and to continue its research and educational traditions in the Soviet era. He said to his disciples: "He taught perceive more heart than the mind. Be sensitive and attentive to the people who help them, take care of them. But the main thing - is to give the growth of the seed of holiness, planted in us by the Lord. The first step on the path to sainthood - is the fulfillment of God`s commandment to love one`s neighbor. "

In 1957-1965 he served at the parish in Moscow. There was a priest in the Assumption Cathedral of the Novodevichy Convent, in the church of St. Pimen the Great, in the Pokrovsky temple that Lyschikovoy mountain temple in Znamenskoye in the Riga station.

Metropolitan Pitirim (Nechayev) spoke about Professor-Archpriest Alexander Veteleve "His theology was not a word, but in deed, not the title, but being without form, and life itself. He blazed and in our classes, and in the discussions that led to students until late at night, do not settle with the powers nor with time. Whenever anyone may come to him, he always took a hot, lively interest in all that concerned about student capita. His deep erudition, knowledge svetskihnauk, love and insight into the spiritual science, the knowledge of the heritage of the Fathers, of the human soul made him truly master, loving teacher for us, an exemplary teacher. "

Bishop Sergius (Sokolov) recalled it: "Often, watching the old man, a professor, I could not hide my surprise his actions. In a separate pocket of his coat were always "ruble", which he generously distributed to many poor, his benefactor was waiting at the gate and in the alleys of the Trinity-St. Once I tried to convince the priest not to give alms drunken beggar, but in response he heard from his father Alexander, that, before talk in this way, we are useful to visualize yourself in the place asking, and then any hesitation leave us, for it is said in the Gospel: " who asks you to give. " It should apply always, he taught, because we do not know the circumstances of the life of the person asking. And it`s not the penny that we can apply to it, and most importantly - in the attention to his distress. So certainly our charity must be accompanied by the prayer of the accident, for what God gives him, certainly more significant to him than our charity. "


Emmaus Supper // Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate. M., 1967.