Venerable Jeremiah the Seer of the Kiev Near Caves

Saint Jeremiah the Clairvoyant was mentioned by St Nestor the Chronicler (October 27). He came to the Monastery of the Caves when he was already very old, and was tonsured by Sts Anthony and Theodosius.

Because of the virtue and holiness of his life, the Lord allowed St Jeremiah to see into the future, and to see into the moral condition of a person. If he saw an evil thought or sinful intention in anyone, he admonished them privately, and instructed them how to guard themselves from the temptations of the demons.

St Jeremiah also knew when a monk was thinking of leaving the monastery to return to the world. He would tell the brother that he knew of his intention, then comforted him and encouraged him to be patient and to remain firm in his monastic struggles.

He used his spiritual gifts for the benefit of the brethren, and went to the Lord at an advanced age.

The general troparion to these saints is: “Your hearts were enlightened with the light of Christ’s commandments, and you dispelled the dread darkness. Like an abode of the Trinity, from whom we receive grace, O Fathers Damian, Jeremiah and Matthew, you heal the infirm, and you announce the future in the communion with the angels, We pray you to intercede with Christ God to grant to us the communion of the saints.” Their memory is also on September 28 and the second Sunday of Great Lent.