Elias (Ilya) of Murom, wonderworker of the Kiev Caves, venerable (Near Caves)

Dates of commemoration

Jan 01
(Church calendar - Dec 19)
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)

Jun 23
(Church calendar - Jun 10) Synaxis of All Saints of Riazan
Jul 06
(Church calendar - Jun 23) Synaxis of All Saints of Vladimir
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


Saint Elias Muromets of the Caves, nicknamed “Shoemaker” or “Cobbler,” was from the city of Murom. Popular legend identifies him with the famous warrior hero Elias Muromets, who was the subject of Russian ballads and of Gliere’s Symphony No. 3.

St Elias died with the fingers of his right hand formed to make the Sign of the Cross in the position accepted even today in the Orthodox Church: the first three fingers together, and the two outermost fingers folded onto the palm [in contrast to the Sign of the Cross used by the “Old Ritualists”]. During the struggle with the Old Ritualist Schism (seventeenth-nineteenth centuries), this information about the saint served as a powerful proof in favor of the present positioning of the fingers.



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, глас 4-й:
Приидите, вси вернии, песньми духовными почтим преподобнаго отца нашего Илию Муромскаго, светильника обители Печерския и всея России великаго заступника, образ подвига воинскаго и духовнаго нам показавшаго, чудес благодатию ныне сияюща. Темже притекающе к раце мощей его, любовию целуем и вопием: моли Христа Бога сохранити Отечество наше и даровати нам велию милость.


Кондак, глас 8-й:
Яко светило великое Российския земли, Небеснаго Царя воевода непобедим был еси, и монашествующих богодухновенное украшение. Ныне же со ангелы Престолу Божию предстоя, Владыку Христа, всех Творца, моли избавитися от всяких бед и скорбей чтущым святую память твою, да зовем ти: Радуйся, Илие, преподобне отче наш.

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