Venerable Benjamin of the Kiev Caves

Saint Benjamin of the Kiev Caves, Far Caves lived during the fourteenth century and before accepting monasticism was “an important merchant.” Once at the time of divine services Saint Benjamin felt deeply in his heart the words of the Savior: a rich man shall hardly enter into the Kingdom of God (Mt. 19:23). After distributing his wealth to the needy, Saint Benjamin became a monk, “pleasing the Lord by fasting and prayers even unto death.” He was buried in the Caves of Saint Theodosius. His memory is also celebrated on August 28 and the second Sunday of Great Lent.