Dobri Dobrev (Stryzhak) Icon - S452

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Dobri Dobrev was a Bulgarian ascetic. Born in 1914, his father died in World War I and he was raised by his mother. He married in 1940 and had four children. He soon found himself serving in World War II, during which an explosion left him almost completely deaf. 

He grew increasingly detached from the material world and became highly devoted to the spiritual life. Few details are known about his middle and later years, as he disliked fame and refused to talk about himself. 

Around the turn of the 21st century, when he was in his 80s, he began to give away his belongings for the benefit of the Church. When he no longer had a home to live in, his parish in Bailovo, Bulgaria, gave him a small room.

He wore homemade clothes and walked some 25 km every day, living as a beggar. Unbeknownst to anyone, he kept none of the money he received; instead, he donated to churches, monasteries, and orphanages across Bulgaria. Whether passers-by gave him money or not, he was always eager to share his love for Jesus Christ with them. When he did receive a donation, he was known to show his thanks with a prostration.

His concern was not with raising money, however, and he did not consider himself a beggar. His aim was to save souls through his work, and making an investment in the future of the Orthodox Church in Bulgaria and its people. His fame began to spread across the Internet in 2012, when he was 98 years old. By this time, he had collected some €40,000 ($46,000 US) for the benefit of others.

He was known as "Elder Dobri" or "Grandpa Dobri." To those who saw his simple life, he was known as kind, humble, and respectful. His holiness was clearly felt by many, and he was considered a living saint.

Elder Dobri reposed on February 13, 2018, at the age of 103. He is already venerated as a saint throughout Bulgaria, and knowledge of his life is spreading throughout the world. There is little doubt that this holy man, whose life touched so many with the love of Christ, will someday be officially glorified by the Church.


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    Dobri Dobrev

    Posted by Cole on Nov 23rd 2022

    I ordered this icon because I have gotten close to elder Dobri recently. I really love his story and it’s incredible that someone like him lived among us in our modern times. He really inspires me and I hope I’ll get closer to him. The icon itself is one of (if not) the best icons i own and i will be purchasing icons from here from now on. Saint Dobri, pray for us!

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    Dobri Dobrev

    Posted by Joseph on May 31st 2020

    The third icon that I have purchased from Legacy icons, and as I've come to expect oh, the work is absolutely magnificent. He's become a saint that I prayed to, often, as he touches my heart. I hope soon he will be recognized as the saint he is and we can change the name from blessed dobri, to Saint Dobri

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    Beautiful Icon

    Posted by Joseph on May 25th 2020

    Yet again Legacy icons outdid themselves I purchased a small dobri icon as I have been praying to him I feel drawn to him. The icon is absolutely gorgeous and really professionally done thank you so much

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    Wonderful- arrived as pictured

    Posted by Unknown on Mar 7th 2019

    Elder Dobri pray for us!