Commemorated on September 30
Saint Michael the first Metropolitan of Kiev, according to the
Joakimov chronicle, was a Syrian by birth, but according to other
chronicles, he was a Bulgarian or Serb. In the year 989, he arrived at
Korsun with other clergy for holy Prince Vladimir (July 15), not long
after Vladimir’s Baptism (988).
As first metropolitan of the
Russian Church his service was difficult, but grace-filled. He zealously
made the rounds of the newly-enlightened Russian Land, preaching the
Holy Gospel, baptizing and teaching the newly-illumined people, founding
the first churches and religious schools.
In Rostov he
established the first wooden church in honor of the Dormition of the
Most Holy Theotokos and installed Theodore the Greek there as bishop. St
Michael was a wise and gentle, but also strict hierarch. The Russian
Church has preserved the memory of the saint’s praiseworthy deeds. In
the Synodikon of the Novgorod and Kiev Sophia cathedrals he is
rightfully called the initiator.
St Michael died in the year 992
and was buried in the Desyatin-Tithe church of the Most Holy Theotokos
in Kiev. In about the year 1103, under the Igumen St Theoctistus
(afterwards Bishop of Chernigov, August 5), his relics were transferred
to the Antoniev Cave, and on October 1, 1730 into the Great Church of
the Caves. Thus his memory was celebrated on September 30, and also July
15, the day of his repose.
Formerly, his memory was celebrated
on September 2, along with Sts Anthony and Theodosius of the Caves.
There is a trace of this earlier celebration in the service to St
Michael. In the second verse of the “Praises” we sing: “Having begun the
new year, we offer you our first songs, O blessed one, for you were the
beginning of the hierarchy in the Russian land.”
TROPARION - TONE 4
The prophecy of the first-called apostle has been fulfilled today: /
Grace has illumined the hills of Kiev and the faith is increased. /
Those who were not a people / Are now the people of God, a holy nation, /
A flock of Christ of which you, O Michael, are first shepherd, / And
you serve it by bringing baptism. / O Hierarch, standing before God pray
that all may be saved!
KONTAKION - TONE 2
You appeared as a second Moses, / Bringing the vine from Egyptian
idolatry into the land of promise. / You said of it: Faith shall be
established in this land, / And fruit to nourish the world shall
flourish on the summits of Kiev, / More than on the heights of Lebanon. /
Having this harvest we bless you, O Hierarch Michael!
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