Moses the Hungarian

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Moses the Hungarian
St. Moses the Hungarian.jpg
Icon of St. Moses the Hungarian
Bornc. 990 - 995
Kingdom of Hungary
Died26 July 1043
Kiev Cave Monastery
Venerated inOrthodox Church
Eastern Catholic Church
Feast26 July

Moses the Hungarian (Russian: Моисей Угрин, Moisey Ugrin; Hungarian: Magyar Mózes; died July 26, 1043) was a Kievan Russian monk of Slovak origin (Slovakia was a part of Kingdom of Hungary at that time). He is venerated as a saint on the 26th of July by the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Moses was born around 990–995. Although the Hungarians were mostly pagan at the time (though they later became Christians), the Hungarian chieftain Gyula of Transylvania was baptized in Constantinople. This probably made it possible for Moses to leave Transylvania to serve the princely family in Kiev. Between 1015 and 1018, already preparing to become a monk, he was an escort of Predslava, the daughter of Vladimir I of Kiev and sister of the future Prince Yaroslav I the Wise.[1]

Following the Polish expedition of 1018, he was carried to Poland as a prisoner and could only return in 1025. Moses spent the rest of his life in the Kiev Cave Monastery.[1]


  1. ^ a b (in Hungarian) István Ivancsó, "Egy elfelejtett szent: Magyar Mózes" ("Moses the Hungarian: a Forgotten Saint"), in Aetas; retrieved November 5, 2007