AUGUST 28Â (Synaxis of the Venerable Fathers of the Kiev Far Caves)
2nd SUNDAY OF GREAT LENTÂ (Synaxis of all the Monastic Fathers of the Kiev Caves)
Saint Agathon, a great ascetic at the Kiev Caves monastery, was a mighty struggler and, by his faith and labors of fasting and prayer and love, he acquired the gifts of peacefulness of soul, spiritual enlightenment of the mind and heart, pure contemplation and prophecy â€“ even foretelling the time of his own death.Â He was also known to have healed the sick by laying his hands upon them.
An ancient inscription over his grave reads: “Like a prophet announcing the future; like a physician, healing the ill by the touch of his hand; like a saint, in heaven with the saints in glory, his body remains here, incorruptible, with the righteous.”
The relic was given as a gift to the parish by His Grace, Bishop Irineu on Sunday, January 15, 2006.