Commemorated on October 5
Lives of the Monks Damian the Presbyter and Healer, Jeremii (Jeremia) and
Matfei (Matthew) the Perspicacious, Wonderworkers of Pechersk, were
described by the Monk Nestor the Chronicler (Comm. 27 October).
Monk Damian (+ 1071) still remembered the Baptism of Rus (in year 988). The
zealous imitator of the Monk Feodosii (Theodosii, Comm. 3 May) was gentle,
industrious and obedient, to the joy of all the brethren. He spent the entire
night at prayer and reading the Divine Scriptures. Saint Damian was strict at
fasting and, except for bread and water, he ate nothing. The Lord rewarded him
with the gift of treating maladies.
Monk Jeremii had of the Lord the gift to see into the future, and to see into
the moral condition of a person. The monk died in old age (+ c. 1070).
Monk Matfei (+ c. 1088) was also endowed with the gift of seeing into the
spiritual world. By his insight the elder would tell brethren, things to avoid
doing of danger for the soul.
the Iconographic Original it says: "Matfei with the image of a
perspicacious elder, from black greyed of beard like Vlas, in black klobuk, a
monastic robe, hands pressed to the heart".
general tropar to these saints is: "By the light of Christ's commandments
your hearts were enlightened, and ye did dispel the dread darkness: like an
abode of the Trinity ye three art fathers, Damian, Jeremii with Matfei, from
whom grace we do receive, ye heal the infirm, and the future ye do announce
with the Angel in co-communion of essence, pray ye to Christ God to grant unto
us the communion of the saints". Their memory is also on 28 September and
the 2nd Sunday of Great Lent.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.