Agapetus of the Kiev Caves

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Agapetus of the Kiev Caves
Agapetus Pechorskiy.jpg
Forensic facial reconstruction by S.A. Nikitin (1986)
Born Kiev
Died June 1, 1095
Venerated in Orthodox Christianity
Feast 14 June (1 June by Julian calendar), 28 September

Agapetus of the Kiev Caves or Agapetus of Pechersk (Агапит Печерский in Russian, Агапіт Печерський in Ukrainian)(born ?? - died 1095[1]), was an Orthodox Christian saint and doctor, as well as a monk in Kiev Pechersk Lavra. He was born in Kiev and was taught and admitted to monastic vows by Saint Anthony of Kiev. Agapetus famously provided free medical services for poor people. He also healed grand prince Vladimir II Monomakh.

Several churches in Ukraine and Russia bear his name.[2] His relics are stored in the Near Caves of Kiev Pechersk Lavra.

The day of Saint Agapetus of Pechersk is observed by Orthodox Churches on 14 June (1 June by Julian calendar) and 28 September (commemoration of Kiev Pechersk Lavra Near Caves venerable saints).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Venerable Agapitus the Unmercenary Physician of the Kiev Near Caves, Feast and Saints, Orthodox Church in America
  2. ^ Hospital Church of Agapetus of Pechersk in Kyiv, Ukrainian Orthodox Church, archive