Damian the Healer of the Kiev Caves, presbyter, venerable (Near 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)

Jul 28
(Church calendar - Jul 15) Synaxis of All Saints of Kiev
Oct 11
(Church calendar - Sep 28) Synaxis of the Saints of the Kievan Caves Monastery, venerated in the near caves of Venerable Anthony
Oct 18
(Church calendar - Oct 5)


Saints Damian the Presbyter and Healer, Jeremiah and Matthew, Clairvoyants of the Kiev Caves, Near Caves, were described by Saint Nestor the Chronicler (October 27).

Saint Damian (+1071) remembered the Baptism of Rus (in year 988). The zealous imitator of Saint Theodosius (May 3) was gentle, industrious and obedient, to the joy of all the brethren. He spent the entire night at prayer and reading the Divine Scriptures. Saint Damian was strict in fasting, and ate nothing but bread and water. The Lord rewarded him with the gift of treating ailments.

The general troparion to these saints is: “Your hearts were enlightened with the light of Christ’s commandments, and you dispelled the dread darkness. Like an abode of the Trinity, from whom we receive grace, O Fathers Damian, Jeremiah and Matthew, you heal the infirm, and you announce the future in the communion with the angels, We pray you to intercede with Christ God to grant to us the communion of the saints.”

They are also commemorated on September 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

Holy relic

Location of the holy relic in the Cathedral:

North kliros, reliquary #5



Тропарь преподобных Дамиана пресвитера, целебника, Иеремии и Матфея прозорливых, Печерских, в Ближних пещерах
Христовых повелений светом сердца своя просветивше,/ страстный мрак прогнасте,/ те Троицы селение бысте тричисленнии отцы,/ Дамиане, Иеремие с Матфеем,/ от Неяже благодать приемше,/ недужныя исцеляете, будущая возвещаете/ и, Ангелом сопричастницы суще,/ молитеся Христу Богу даровати нам причастие святых.


Кондак преподобных Дамиана пресвитера, Иеремии и Матфея прозорливых, Печерских, глас 2
Якоже древнии пророцы благодать пророчествия приемше/ и неложне духом предзревше, прорекоша найти хотящая,/ тако и вы в жизни нашей злая, грехов ради наших на ны грядущая, предвозвестисте;/ и ныне да не постигнут ны злая,/ испросите от Христа Бога исправление делом нашим и велию милость.

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