Macarius, deacon of the Kiev Caves, venerable (Far Caves)

Dates of commemoration

Feb 01
(Church calendar - Jan 19) Day of commemoration of venerable Macarius the Great of Egypt (390)
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


Saint Macarius the Deacon lived in the Far Caves of Kiev, and is commemorated on January 19 because of his namesake, Saint Macarius of Egypt. Saint Macarius lived during the thirteenth-fourteenth centuries, and was distinguished by his lack of covetousness. He possessed great fervor for the temple of God and he continuously labored in reading Holy Scripture and in fasting.

According to Tradition, he was frequently ill as a child, and his parents vowed that they would offer their son to the Monastery of the Caves if he were made healthy. By his mildness and humility he earned the love of the brethren, who taught him to read and to write. Because of his piety of life he was ordained as a deacon. The Lord also granted him the gift of wonderworking.

Saint Macarius of the Far Caves is also commemorated on August 28. There is a general commemoration of all the wonderworkers of the Kiev Caves on 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 преподобного Макария, диакона Печерского, глас 7
От юности Христа усердне возлюбив, вдался еси Тому весь, яко непорочна жертва, и иго Его благое на себе взем, работал в нем, всечестне Макарие, спешне, темже убо молим тя: молися о душах наших.


Кондак преподобного Макария, диакона Печерского, глас 4
Вдавшагося Христу Богу на служение от младенства и Тому во иночестве и диаконстве послуживша священнолепно, восхва­ляем тя любовию, Макарие священне, и молим: яко имый дерзнове­ние, моли Христа Бога о нас, поющих тя.

Address of our Cathedral

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  • Washington, D.C., 20011

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