Venerable Macarius the Deacon of the Kiev Caves

Saint Macarius, Faster of the Kiev Caves, Near Caves, and Saint Macarius, Deacon of Kiev Caves, Far Caves, were both deacons. Their memory is celebrated on January 19 because of their namesake, Saint Macarius of Egypt.

Saint Macarius of the Far Caves lived in the thirteenth-fourteenth centuries, and was distinguished by his lack of covetousness. He was very zealous for the house of God (Ps. 68/69:9), and he continuously exerted himself in reading Holy Scripture and in fasting.

According to Tradition, he was frequently ill as a child, and his parents vowed that they would offer their son to the Monastery of the Caves if he were made healthy. Because of his meekness and humility he earned the love of the brethren, who taught him to read and to write. For his piety of life he was ordained as a deacon, and during his life he possessed a gift of wonderworking.

In addition to this commemoration, Saint Macarius of the Near Caves (twelfth century) is also celebrated on September 28, and Saint Macarius of the Far Caves on August 28. The general commemoration of all the wonderworkers of the Kiev Caves is on the second Sunday of Great Lent.