Venerable Mardarius the Recluse of the Kiev Caves

Saint Mardarius, Hermit of the Kiev Caves, lived as an ascetic in the Far Caves during the thirteenth century. In his Troparion and Kontakion he is called “non-covetous,” and by the inscription over his relics, “without a cell.” In the Seventh Ode of the Service of the Synaxis for the Fathers of the Far Caves (August 28) he is mentioned together with Saint Ammon (October 4), and he is called a “zealot of poverty.” He was buried in the Far Caves. His memory is celebrated also on August 28 and on the second Sunday of Great Lent.