Orthodox icon | Saint Joseph of Belgorod | 24965


  • Typ: Russian icon
  • Age: after 1911
  • Size: 11 x 8.5 cm | 4.3 x 3.3 in


Orthodox icon | Saint Joseph of Belgorod.

Saint Joasaph of Belgorod served as a bishop in the 18th century within the Russian Orthodox Church, holding the position in Belgorod from 1748 until his demise. Remarkably, his remains were discovered to be preserved without decay, and numerous miracles were attributed to him.

The Legend of Saint Joseph of Belgorod:

In 1911, the Eastern Orthodox Church honored him by glorifying him. However, during the events of 1917, someone stole his sacred body from his shrine, causing it to be believed lost forever. Fortunately, after a series of events, they eventually found it in a museum storage facility and returned it to Belgorod in 1991.

In 1727, Saint Joasaph entered monastic life and received the name Joasaph. The following year, he was ordained as a deacon.

In 1737, he became an archimandrite. In 1744, Empress Elizabeth appointed him as the leader of the Trinity Lavra of Saint Sergius, the most prominent Russian monastery and spiritual center. On June 2, 1748, he was consecrated as the bishop of Belgorod and Oboyanska.

Saint Joasaph passed away on December 10, 1754, at the age of 49, in a village in the Graivoron district. On December 15, his body was brought to Belgorod and placed in the Holy Trinity Cathedral according to his instructions.

On February 28, 1755, that the coffin was moved to a specially prepared crypt in the cathedral, fulfilling Joasaph’s wishes.

Before the outbreak of the First World War, Joasaph’s relics were revered and used for healing the sick, attracting large crowds seeking miraculous cures.

He was canonized on September 4, 1911, and his Remembrance Day is celebrated on December 10.

Source: Orthodox icon | Saint Joseph of Belgorod | 24965 © Ikonen Mautner. Typing errors, other errors or changes reserved. For more information: “Das Synaxarion. Die Leben der Heiligen der Orthodoxen Kirche.” (http://www.prodromos-verlag.de/buecher.html) and Joachim Schäfer: Das Ökumenische Heiligenlexikon – https://www.heiligenlexikon.de

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