Funeral of Schema Nun Zenobia (Cherevko)
On January 5, Schema Nun Zenobia (Cherevko) the Diveyevo monastery’s monastic, fell asleep in the Lord at the age of 82.
The body of the reposed nun was placed in the house church to “The Joy of All Who Sorrow” Icon of the Mother of God. The monastery’s sisters took turns reading the unceasing Psalter before the tomb of the deceased Nun Zenobia.
The funeral service was held on Christmas Eve on January 6. Matushka was buried at the monastery’s cemetery in the skete of Florus and Laurus.
Schema Nun Zenobia’s (Zinaida Nikolaevna Cherevko) monastic path began at the Pukhtitsy monastery where she lived for over three decades. At the beginning of the 90s, the Russian state gradually returned the desecrated monasteries to the Church and the new monastics were needed badly there. The nuns from the working monasteries were sent over to restore the newly reopened ones. Mother Zenobia and Schema Nun Seraphima (Demor) were sent to the Novgorod Diocese to restore the Vyazhischsky monastery of St. Nicholas first, followed by the Peryn skete and St. Varlaam Khutyn monastery later on. The nuns were of advanced age by then, their health was declining, so upon receiving the news of the future restoration of Klopsky monastery, they asked to be allowed to retire. With the blessing of Father Nikolay Guryanov, they relocated to Diveyevo at the beginning of the 21st century. They labored at the Kutuzovsky skete and were known for their moving duet singing of the Divine Liturgy. During the years following the death of her spiritual sister Schema Nun Seraphima, Schema Nun Zenobia resided at the monastery’s almshouse due to health issues.