Venerable Ioseb of Khevi, Elder and Wonderworker (†1763)

Memory 7 (20) October

Little is known about the life of St. Ioseb of Khevi. The Church is certain only that he was a native of Khevi (in northern Georgia) and served as a priest in that village.

In addition to being great warriors, the people of Khevi have throughout history been remarkably steadfast in the Christian Faith. The churches and monasteries in Khevi are extraordinary in both beauty and inaccessibility. They were deliberately built in mountainous places, as if reaching them should demand the greatest of zeal.

The most important ornament and symbol of Khevi is the ice that perpetually caps the peak of Mt. Mqinvari (Kazbegi). On the slope of this mountain stands Trinity Monastery, where at one time St. Nino’s cross was preserved (it is presently kept in Tbilisi, in the northern section of the iconostasis at Sioni Cathedral).

Located above Trinity Monastery, on the ice-covered, vertical cliff of Mt. Mqinvari, is a cave hermitage at 13,450 feet, known as the Bethlehem Cave. It is possible to reach this hermitage only by climbing chains let down from its height. According to the chronicle Life of Kartli, this cave has throughout history been used to store sacred objects and treasures of the Church.

The historian Davit Batonishvili records that St. Ioseb was especially known for his love of holy objects, for keeping the strictest of fasts, and for his outstanding virtues. He climbed to the Bethlehem Hermitage and returned with a piece of the tent of the patriarch Abraham,[1] which he presented to King Erekle. Having attained the heights of clairvoyance and miracle-working, St. Ioseb reposed peacefully in the year 1763.

Thou art illumined by divine grace, O Holy Father Ioseb the Elder. Pray to Christ God on behalf of those who venerate thy holy name!


[1] Georgian tradition relates that both the tent of the Patriarch Abraham and the manger of Christ were kept in the Bethlehem Cave for many centuries.  

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze


For further information on the book THE LIVES OF THE GEORGIAN SAINTS by Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze contact St. Herman Press:
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11/8/2007

See also
Holy Catholicos-Patriarch Ioseb the Wonderworker (†1770) Holy Catholicos-Patriarch Ioseb the Wonderworker (†1770)
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Holy Catholicos-Patriarch Ioseb the Wonderworker (†1770) Holy Catholicos-Patriarch Ioseb the Wonderworker (†1770)
Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze
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Holy Martyrs, the Brothers Isaak and Ioseb the Georgians (†808) Holy Martyrs, the Brothers Isaak and Ioseb the Georgians (†808)
Commemorated September 16/29
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Commemorated 15/28 September
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Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze
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