Commemorated on October 2, May 21
The Monk Kassian
the Greek, Wonderworker of Uglich, in the world Konstantin, was descended
in lineage from the princes Mangupides. He arrived in Moscow as part of the
legation to Greatprince Ivan III, together with the daughter of the Byzantine
emperor, Sophia Paleologa. Having decided to devote his life to the service of
God, the saint declined the offer to remain at the court of the Greatprince,
and he resettled to the Rostov bishop Joasaph. When the bishop withdrew for
quietude to the Pherapontov monastery, Konstantin followed him. At the
monastery he led a strict ascetic life.
monasticism after a miraculous vision by night of the Monk Martinian, urging
him to take monastic tonsure. After a certain while Saint Kassian left the
monastery going not far off from the city of Uglich, near the confluence of the
Volga and Uchma Rivers, where he founded a monastery in honour of the Uspenie
(Dormition) of the Mother of God.
Reports of the monk
spread widely, and "many people began to come to receive blessing and to
see the wilderness habitation and converse with him". Saint Kassian
accepted everyone with love, guiding them on the way to salvation "with
The monk died in
extreme old age on 2 October 1504. In the Uglich Chronicles was recorded many a
miracles, happening through the prayers of the saint, and in particular, the
defense by him of his monastery from Polish soldiers in the years 1609-1611.
The memory of the
Monk Kassian of Uglich is celebrated also on 21 May, the day of his
name-in-common ("tezoimenstvo", with the holy Emperor Constantine the
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.