Simeon, wonderworker of Verkhoturye, righteous

Dates of commemoration

Feb 11
(Church calendar - Jan 29) Synaxis of All Saints of Yekaterinburg
May 25
(Church calendar - May 12) Second translation of the relics
Jun 23
(Church calendar - Jun 10) Synaxis of All Saints of Sibiria
Sep 25
(Church calendar - Sep 12) Translation of the relics
Dec 31
(Church calendar - Dec 18) Day of glorification


Saint Simeon of Verkhoturye was a nobleman, but he concealed his origin and led the life of a beggar. He walked through the villages and for free sewed half-coats and other clothes, primarily for the poor. While doing this he deliberately failed to sew something, either a glove, or a scarf, for which he endured abuse from his customers.

The ascetic wandered much, but most often he lived at a churchyard of the village of Merkushinsk not far from the city of Verkhoturye (on the outskirts of Perm). Saint Simeon loved nature in the Urals, and while joyfully contemplated its majestic beauty, he would raise up a thoughtful glance towards the Creator of the world. In his free time, the saint loved to go fishing in the tranquility of solitude. This reminded him of the disciples of Christ, whose work he continued, guiding the local people in the true Faith. His conversations were a seed of grace, from which gradually grew the abundant fruits of the Spirit in the Urals and in Siberia, where the saint is especially revered.

Saint Simeon of Verkhoturye died in 1642, when he was 35 years of age. He was buried in the Merkushinsk graveyard by the church of the Archangel Michael.

On September 12, 1704, with the blessing of Metropolitan Philotheus of Tobolsk, the holy relics of Saint Simeon were transferred from the church of the Archangel Michael to the Verkhoturye monastery in the name of Saint Nicholas.

Saint Simeon worked many miracles after his death. He frequently appeared to the sick in dreams and healed them, and he brought to their senses those fallen into the disease of drunkenness. A peculiarity of the saint’s appearances was that with the healing of bodily infirmities, he also gave instruction and guidance for the soul.

The memory of Saint Simeon of Verkhoturye is celebrated also on December 18, on the day of his glorification (1694).


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:

Icon of righteous Simon, west wall of the nave, north side



Тропарь праведного Симеона Верхотурского
глас 4
Мирскаго мятежа бегая, все желание обратил еси к Богу,/ да в видения восход обрящеши горе,/ отнюдуже не уклонився в лукавствия сердца,/ но очистив душу и тело, приял еси благодать точити цельбы верным и неверным, притекающим к тебе, праведный Симеоне./ Темже, по данному ти дару, испроси у Христа Бога исцеление нам, болящим душевными страстьми, / и моли спасти души наша.


Кондак праведного Симеона Верхотурского
глас 2
Мира суетнаго отверглся еси, да блага вечныя жизни наследиши,/ возлюбив незлобие и чистоту души и тела./ Снискал еси, еже возлюбил, свидетельствуют бо о сем гроб и нетление мощей твоих, и благодать чудотворения наипаче./ Точиши бо цельбы всем притекающим к тебе и непросвещенным, Симеоне блаженне, чудотворче предивный.

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