Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Venerable Barlaam of Khutin

Commemorated on June 2

The first Friday of the Apostles' Fast.
(note:  I'm not sure what this means-Sophocles)

In Slavonic practice, St Barlaam is commemorated during the Proskomedia along with the venerable and God-bearing Fathers who shone forth in asceticism (sixth particle).

St Barlaam is also commemorated on November 6 and February 10.


SAINT OR FEAST POSTED THIS DATE 2009(with 2008's link here also):

The following information has been added thanks to Christopher Orr of OrrologionMany thanks!

From here:

+ Our Venerable Father Barlaam of Khutin, Wonderworker of Novgorod
The Ven. Barlaam, in the world Alexis, was born in 1156 of pious and rich
parents living in Novgorod. Having found an inclination for the monastic life in his
youth, he distributed his estate to the poor after the death of his parents, and, with the
name Barlaam, accepted tonsure in the Lisitsi Monastery. Wishing to practice
asceticism in strict solitude, he left for Khutin, about 10 versts (6.6 miles) from
Novgorod. Having built a small cell there for himself he was entirely given to prayer,
fasting and labor. The glory of the asceticism of St. Barlaam soon spread in the
vicinity. Both princes and boyars, monks and laymen began to come to him for
conversation, and he gave each one long instruction. And many lovers of the monastic
way of life wished to conduct their life under his leadership and settled around him.
Ven. Barlaam built for them the Transfiguration of the Lord Monastery and cells (see
the Novgorod Diocese). St. Gregory, Archbishop of Novgorod, ordained the Ven.
Barlaam to the priesthood and appointed him the hegumen of the monastery. Being
the hegumen of the monastery, the Ven. Barlaam "standing all night in continual
prayer" set the high example of virtue through his life. Being taught "in the
commandments of the Lord day and night" his "exhaustion" of the flesh through
fasting "and vigil", suppressing in himself "all carnal subtleties" and being glorified by
the Lord with the gift of wonders and insight, the Ven. Barlaam was very much
respected by princes and hierarchs. He died in 1192. His relics, discovered to be
incorrupt in 1452, repose in a hidden place in his monastery.

Troparion, tone 3

Exhausting your body on earth through reclining, fasting and vigil,
O Venerable One, You have destroyed all carnal knowledge,
You were a healing stream for the independent ones
Who in faith stream to the shrine of your relics,
Our Father Barlaam, pray to Christ God to save our souls.

Kontakion, tone 8
Like the other Elijah, O Father, you brought down rain from the sky:
For it quenched the fire and awed the tsar,
You gladdened your people and caused them to celebrate:
For great Novgorod greatly praises you, having your relics in it,
That unshakably protects them from the enemy,
That we call to you: rejoice, Our Venerable Father Barlaam.

Paramoeas and the Matins Gospel: See Jan. 10. Epistle: See Jan. 15. Gospel:
See Jan. 14.

His Synaxis is performed where his relics lay and where his temple is.

For more information on Venerable Barlaam, go here.




orrologion said...

Oddly, the Handbook for Church Servers by S. V. Bulgakov, tr. Eugene D. Tarris and Butler's Lives of the Satins (Liturgical Press, 1997; vol. 11, November) has "Our Venerable Father Barlaam of Khutin, Wonderworker of Novgorod" commemorated on November 6, the day of his repose:

Sophocles said...


As always, you are a wealth of information. Thank you!

I did find this particular entry odd. The vast majority of the Saints and Feasts I post I get from the OCA website, such as this one. It is probably just an oversight by whoever wrote the entry.

I will edit this post with the additional information you provided, making note of your contribution.

Again my sincere thanks.

As an aside, I have been posting these for about 3 years now and presume at some point I will exhaust the OCA source as well as the GOA I occasionally use. Do you happen to know of any other source(s) I may find? Especially I am interested in finding not only the information but the corresponding Icons. I would greatly appreciate it.

orrologion said...

The Bulgakov Handbook is an enormously useful resource, at least for Russian practice:

Anastasis also provides great resources, but these are primarily liturgical resources. Interesting tidbits can be found in the Synaxis readings for Matins, though, which are more extensive than in normal Russian/OCA practice:

Little bits on Western Saints can be found here:

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Baltimore, MD also has a wonderful Old Calendar available:

There is also the Prologue from Ohrid by St. Nikolai of Zicha:

I would also not underestimate the resources to be found in Google Books, especially if you already have a saints name you are looking for info on (unfortunately, you can't cut and paste, you have to retype):

I traced down info on St. Caleb (aka Elsebaan) via Google Books, which then led me back to

Sophocles said...

Thank you so much, Orr.

Sophocles said...


Your blog just went private and I cannot access it. Would you mind inviting me?