Mihail Bleyve

Picture of Mihail Bleyve

Date of Birth: 10/29/1873

Age: 45

Place of birth: Ollustfere (Olustvere)

Citizenship: Russia


The son of a local church cantor Ivan Petrovich and his wife Bleyve Akilina Khristoforovna (nee Leat). Sisters - Alexander and Vera.

He graduated from the Riga seminary (the family was poor, so that Michael was educated at public expense), Riga seminary in 1894 to 2 nd class, was left in the Riga Cathedral Choir and a chorister at St John Church psalmist, "that the bishop`s manor." Since 1896 - acolyte in Riga Holy Trinity women`s community. In 1899 he married the daughter of a priest Lyubov Feodorovna Lugovskoy.

January 1, 1900 the bishop of Riga and Mitavsky Agafangel ordained him to the priesthood. He served in the Garelskom (Laanemets) parish Verroskogo (Voru) deanery. Take care of the church singing, pronounced heartfelt sermon, he taught at the school, helped the poor. In 1905, during a punitive detachment onvzyal action under the protection of the innocent prisoners on the death penalty.

20 February 1908 - the priest of the church Niggenskoy (Nyo). Organized to raise funds in favor of the church, decorated it with new utensils. December 7, 1910 was appointed dean of the 1st district of Tartu. With the outbreak of World War II held a special evening services in order to make the augmented prayer for Once freed Shih to the front, visited and comforted the weeping mothers and wives.

July 22, 1915 to October 6, 1916 was a priest at the church Ringenskoy (Rongu), and then was moved to third priest in the Cathedral of the Assumption of the city Yuryev (Tartu), and later served as a second priest. According to the mayor of the Assumption Cathedral of Tartu University professor Ivan Lappo, "he was a man of quiet and humble, so gentle and clear eyes bright eyes, which happens in people living a deep spiritual life. However, despite going to sacrifice on svoyuskromnost and even shyness, he had a strong character and, where necessary, without much hesitation. "

June 20, 1918, at the request of the parish council of the Assumption Cathedral, Bishop Platon (Kulbush) appointed him rector of the cathedral and elevated to the rank of archpriest. Despite numerous complexities (cessation of payment of salaries to members of the clergy, the need to find funds for the maintenance of the Holy Isidorovskoy parochial school, etc..), "Never any complaints, no harsh word about anyone I have not heard from for. Michael for all this time. His earnest, truly beautiful in its simplicity and purity of the prayer service, his inspirational sermon had never reflected on the Statement of fatigue. " (From the memoirs of Professor Lappo). Some of his sermons clothed in poetic form - his poems were filled with Christian grief and sorrow. He is urging people not to be afraid of death and have no fear of violent destruction, for Christ - the death of the winner - after the tribulation of this century leads the soul to the Christian century future, enduring.

After the occupation in December 1918 the city of Tartu, was arrested by the Bolsheviks (January 5, 1919) at the altar of the Assumption Cathedral. He was accused of violating the prohibition to officiate (by order of December 29, the commission of worship was forbidden on pain of death, and the order dated 31 December ordering all "priests" to leave the city). He was shot together with Bishop Plato and rector of St. George`s Church Archpriest Nikolai Bezhanitsy. Buried in Tartu, in the Assumption Cathedral.

He was canonized as New Martyrs Russian in August 2000 at the Jubilee Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow.