Lazar Baranovych

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Lazar Baranovych (Ukrainian: Лазар Баранович; Polish: Łazarz Baranowicz); (1620 – 3 (13) September 1693 in Ukraine) – was an Ukrainian Orthodox archbishop.

Ecclesiastical, political, and literary figure, professor (1650) and rector of the Kyivan Mohyla College, bishop and archbishop of Chernihiv from 1657. He founded schools and monasteries. In 1674 he established a printing house at the Monastery of Holy Transfiguration in Novhorod-Siverskyi, which in 1679 was moved to Chernihiv.

He defended the independence of the Ukrainian clergy from the patriarch of Moscow.

The publications of his sermons, written in a baroque style, include:

  • Mech dukhovny (The Spiritual Sword, 1666); and
  • Truby sloves propovidnykh (The Trumpets of Preaching Words, 1674).

He is the author of several polemical works against Catholicism in Polish and Ukrainian (see also Polemical literature); of a poetry collection in Polish, Lutnia Apollinowa (Apollo's Lute, 1671); and of a large correspondence.


Preceded by
Zosima Prokopovych
Archbishop of Chernihiv
Succeeded by
Theodosius Polonytsky-Uhlytsky
as bishop of Moscow Patriarchate