The Monk Nikola Svyatosha (Svyatoslav), Prince of Chernigov, Pechersk Wonderworker, in the Nearer Caves (+ 1143)
Commemorated on October 14
The Monk Nikola Svyatosha
(Svyatoslav), Prince of Chernigov, Pechersk Wonderworker, in the Nearer Caves
(+ 1143), was a great-grandson of Great-prince Yaroslav the Wise and son of
prince David Svyatoslavich of Chernigov (+ 1123), and in certain sources the
father of the monk is named a saint. Svyatosha was the Lutsk prince, and he had
a wife and children (his daughter was afterwards married to the Novgorod prince
Saint Vsevolod-Gavriil (+ 1138, Comm. 11 February). On 17 February 1106 the
holy prince, leaving his family, received tonsure at the Kievo-Pechersk
monastery. Nikola Svyatosha here with great humility carried out his
obediences: for three years he worked in the kitchen, for which he chopped wood
and carried water, and the next three years he was gatekeeper at the monastery.
Around his cell the saint kept a garden. From his means he built at the
monastery the temple of the Holy Trinity and the infirmary church in the name
of Saint Nicholas, his patron saint.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.