Joseph the Muchailing 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)

Apr 17
(Church calendar - Apr 4) Day of commemoration of venerable Joseph the Hymnographer of Sicily (883).
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 Joseph the Much-Ailing lived during the fourteenth century. In his grievous illness he turned to God with prayer and vowed that if the Lord granted him health, he would then serve the brethren of the Kiev Caves monastery until the end of his days.

After his return to health, he entered the Kiev Caves monastery, received monastic tonsure, and began to work at deeds of fasting and prayer, and to serve the brethren with love. After his death Saint Joseph was buried in the Far Caves (his memory is likewise celebrated on the Synaxis of 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 Иосифа многоболезненного, глас 8
Слез твоих теченьми пустыни безплодное возделал еси,/ и инее из глубины воздыханьми во сто трудов уплодоносил еси,/ и был еси светильник вселенней, сияя чудесы,/ Иосифе, отче наш,/ моли Христа Бога спастися душам нашим.


Кондак преподобного Иосифа многоболезненного, глас 8
Многолетне страдая в болезнех,/ молитвою и обещанием восприятия иночества/ приял еси здравие от Бога,/ и, неленостно подвизався в Печерстей обители,/ наследил еси неболезненную и вечную жизнь,/ и исцелявши недуги чтущих тя,/ преподобне Иосифе, отче наш.

Address of our Cathedral

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

Phone  (202) 726-3000




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