Dometsky, Havrylo

Dometsky, Havrylo [Domec'kyj], d ca 1710 in Kyiv. Theologian and churchman, graduate of the Kyivan Mohyla College. In 1679–91 Dometsky was the archimandrite of the Simonov Monastery in Moscow. In 1691 he was exiled to the north for deviating from Muscovite church traditions. Later he became archimandrite of the Yuriev Monastery in Novgorod. Condemned again in 1708, he was pardoned and returned to Kyiv. From the 1670s he wrote theological, usually ascetic, treatises: Put' k vechnosti (The Path to Eternity, 1784), Kinovion, ili izobrazhenie evangel'skogo i inocheskogo zhitiia (The Monastery, or a Description of Evangelical and Monastic Life), Sad ili vertograd dukhovnyi (The Spiritual Garden or Orchard), and Vozrazheniia na knigu Ostena (A Reply to Osten's Book). All except the first work were published only in the 20th century. Dometsky wrote in the vernacular about theological questions.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 1 (1984).]

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