Aquila, deacon of the Kiev Caves, venerable (Far Caves)

Dates of commemoration

Jan 17
(Church calendar - Jan 4)
Mar 24

(Church calendar - Mar 11) Synaxis of all Venerable Fathers of the Kiev Caves (movable feast on the 2nd Sunday of the Great Lent)

Sep 10
(Church calendar - Aug 28) Synaxis of the Saints of the Kiev Caves whose relics repose in the Far Cave of Venerable Theodosius


Saint Aquila the Deacon of the Kiev Caves (14th Century), became famous as a great faster, having spent a long while as a hermit. He ate neither vareny (pirogi) nor sweet food, he ate vegetables seldom and only in small quantities. During fasting periods, he ate only one prosphora.

Those thirsting for deliverance from “the enslavement of the passions of the stomach,” and those wishing to learn temperance turn to Saint Aquila entreating his help (Third Ode of the Canon to the monks venerated in the Far Caves).

Saint Aquila the Deacon is also commemorated on August 28 and on the second Sunday of Great Lent.


Holy relic type

unless specified otherwise below, "holy relic" means a fragment of a bone of the saint

1. Holy relic
2. Holy relic

Location of the holy relic in the Cathedral:

1. North kliros, reliquary #5
2. Relics cabinet in the Altar sacristy, reliquary #9



Тропарь преподобнаго Ахилы, диакона Печерскаго,в Дальних пещерах почивающаго, глас 8
Постническое житие облобызав/ и многими труды от младых ногтей себе обложив,/ на степень диаконства произведен быв, всечестне, / в коем служил еси в церкви Божия Матере непорочне, / Ейже молися, / во еже спастися душам нашим.


Кондак преподобнаго Ахилы, диакона Печерскаго,в Дальних пещерах почивающаго, глас 2
Велие имел еси воистинну воздержание, славне, / и многое показал еси лощение, о Ахило, / зане едва единою в седмицы,/ и се едину малу просфору снедаше/ и бденным стоянием к Нему выну дручашеся,/ тем тя, яко постника и преподобным сообщника/ чтуще, ублажаем.

Address of our Cathedral

  • 4001 17th St. N.W.,
  • Washington, D.C., 20011

Phone  (202) 726-3000




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