Benjamin 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)

Sep 10
(Church calendar - Aug 28) Synaxis of the Saints of the Kiev Caves whose relics repose in the Far Cave of Venerable Theodosius
Oct 26
(Church calendar - Oct 13) Day of commemoration of deacon, of Persia (ca. 424)


Saint Benjamin of the Kiev Caves, Far Caves lived during the fourteenth century and before accepting monasticism was “an important merchant.” Once at the time of divine services Saint Benjamin felt deeply in his heart the words of the Savior: a rich man shall hardly enter into the Kingdom of God (Mt. 19:23). After distributing his wealth to the needy, Saint Benjamin became a monk, “pleasing the Lord by fasting and prayers even unto death.” He was buried in the Caves of Saint Theodosius. His memory is also celebrated on August 28 and 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 преподобного Вениамина Печерского, в Дальних пещерах, глас 2
Добр купец бысть, Богомудре Вениамине,/ богатство бо свое тленно раздав,/ купил еси оным нетленное в Царствии небеснем,/ в немже ныне тамошних благ наслаждаяся богатне,/ проси нам мира и велия милости.


Кондак преподобного Вениамина Печерского, в Дальних пещерах, глас 8
Куплю житейскую яко тщетную оставль/ и шед, купил еси себе многоценен бисер Христа,/ Емуже во иночестем образе/ труды и подвиги, безменством же и послушанием, преподобне Вениамине, благоугождая,/ приял от Него велию и богатую милость.

Address of our Cathedral

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

Phone  (202) 726-3000




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