Arsenius the Lover of Labor, of the Kiev Caves, venerable (Far Caves)

Dates of commemoration

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)

May 21
(Church calendar - May 8) Day of commemoration of Arsenius the Great of Scetis (448)
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 Arsenius the Lover of Labor lived during the fourteenth century. This ascetic was distinguished by his love for toil, and living in asceticism in the Kiev Caves monastery of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, he knew no rest. He prayed constantly and partook of food only at the setting of the sun. For his humility and love of labor the Lord gave him the gift of wonderworking. His memory is also celebrated together with the Saints of the Far Caves on August 28.


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 преподобного Арсения трудолюбивого, глас 8
Слез твоих теченьми пустыни безплодное возделал еси,/ и иже из глубины воздыханьми во сто трудов уплодоносил еси,/ и был еси светильник вселенней, сияя чудесы, Арсение отче наш,/ моли Христа Бога спастися душам нашим.


Кондак преподобного Арсения трудолюбивого, глас 8
Яже на земли оставль, Христовым стопам последовал еси тепле/ и, Того, славне, на рамо взем честный крест,/ умертвил еси труды постническими телесныя желания, треблаженне./ Темже зовем ти: радуйся, отче Арсение.

Address of our Cathedral

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

Phone  (202) 726-3000




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