Titus, presbyter of the Kiev Caves, venerable (Near Caves)

Dates of commemoration

Mar 12
(Church calendar - Feb 27)
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


Saint Titus, Presbyter of the Near Caves, lived in great friendship with the deacon Evagrius, which later turned into a strong dislike and hostility. Although Hieromonk Titus tried several times to make peace with his former friend, the deacon Evagrius refused to be reconciled (Compare the story of the Martyr Nicephorus on February 9).

When Saint Titus fell ill with a grievous illness and began to prepare himself for death, he asked for Evagrius to be brought to him in order to ask his forgiveness. The brethren brought Evagrius to the sickbed by force. Saint Titus tearfully begged him for forgiveness, but Evagrius remained obstinate. He declared that he would not forgive Titus in this world, nor in the world to come. As he said this, he fell dead, struck down by an angel. At that very instant, Saint Titus was healed, and got up out of bed. He revealed that the demons were all around him until he forgave Evagrius. When he had done so, the demons left him and attacked Evagrius, while radiant angels surrounded Saint Titus.

After this, Saint Titus increased his ascetic struggles, and received from God the gift of working miracles. He was also known for his great humility.

Saint Titus reposed around 1190. His memory is celebrated also on September 28 at the Synaxis of the Fathers of the Near Caves.



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 Тита, пресвитера Печерского, в Ближних пещерах
глас 1
Братолюбне тя живуща видев любве ненавистник,/ победил тя во гнев,/ но, ведый твоя прежния труды любве источник - Господь,/ преложи тя паки на братолюбие,/ в немже ты прочее пожив Богоугодне,/ молися о нас, яко да поживем братолюбне.


Кондак преподобного Тита, пресвитера Печерского, в Ближних пещерах
глас 7
Смирению Господню подобней,/ смирился еси, священник сый пред лицем гордаго диакона Евагрия,/ беззлобие Тите,/ за что приял еси не токмо временныя жизни неотпадение,/ Ангелу тя воздвигшу,/ но и вечныя наслаждение,/ в нейже ликуя, избавляй нас лютаго гнева и памятозлобия.

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