Orthodox icon | Saint Theodosius, Archbishop of Chernigov | 24518.
Born in the early part of the 17th century, Saint Theodosij was the offspring of a clergyman. His academic journey unfolded at the Theophany School, an institution that would eventually evolve into the celebrated Theological Academy of Kiev. This school was rooted in the cave lavra and aimed to uphold and propagate Orthodox teachings amid the Polish occupation of the region.
After completing his studies, Saint Theodosij embraced monastic life. He joined the Lavra and was ordained as a deacon, mentored by the Metropolitan of Kiev. Craving a contemplative life, he moved to a simple monastery in Chernigov, serving as a priest.
Even though he wished for a quiet life, Saint Theodosij’s remarkable attributes and fervor couldn’t stay hidden. As a result, he was assigned the role of abbot at the Korsun monastery, situated near Kiev. His journey didn’t stop there; he was subsequently chosen to lead the famous Vydubytsky Monastery in Kiev.
This monastery had been severely ruined by Polish Catholics, but Saint Theodosij’s unflagging efforts led to its restoration. Under his supervision, the monastery prospered and was recognized all over Russia for its magnificent liturgical ceremonies.
In 1693, in acknowledgement of his extraordinary services, Saint Theodosij was made the Archbishop of Chernigov. He devoted himself to this role until his serene demise on February 5, 1696. His exemplary life and his significant influence on the Orthodox community culminated in his canonization on September 9, 1896, solidifying his place as a saint within the Orthodox Church.