It did not take Elena long to find that without the barrier of her previous marriage, Pavel’s and her arrangement was untenable. She considered becoming a more traditional nun, but she felt she could not leave either Mischa or Pavel in order to do so. They were married a month after the above conversations, joined the Church as fully participating members, and moved to the outskirts of the town where they had 3 more children: Ludmilla, Olga, and Vladimir. Another hermit was given permission to live in ‘Our Saint’s cave.

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