Commemorated on June 17, May 4
Monastic Brethren – Nikita, Kirill (Cyril), Nikiphor, Kliment and Isaakii
(Isaac), of Novogorod: On this day is celebrated the general commemoration
of the death of the holy ascetics.
Brethren Nikita, Kirill, Nikiphor, Kliment, Isaakii – Alphanovi
(Sokol'nitskie) lived during the XIV Century at Novgorod. They led a
righteous life and founded the Sokol'nitsk monastery. As the chronicles relate:
"On the Sokol' hill was erected a wooden church of Saint Nichola and a
monastery organised" in 1389. The righteous Alphanovi were kinsmen
according to the information of the chronicler Yakov Anphalov or Alphanov, who
fled to the Dvina, saving himself from pursuit for dealings with Moscow, and
the righteous ones were subject to misfortune because of their ties of kinship
with Yakov, and by the grievous agony of innocent suffering cleansed themselves
for eternal blessedness. In the "Tale" about the brothers is recorded
a miracle, arising from their relics after death. The celebration of their
memory is placed under 4 May and 17 June. As the result of a fire which
destroyed the Sokol'nitsk monastery, the relics of the monastic brethren were
transferred to the Antoniev monastery on 4 May 1775.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.