Commemorated on September 15
Blessed Abba Joseph of Alaverdi was a disciple and companion of St.
John of Zedazeni, who in the 6th century arrived in Georgia with twelve
Syrian ascetics to spread the Christian Faith.
With the blessing
of his teacher, Fr. Joseph settled in the village of Alaverdi in eastern
Georgia. According to tradition, he carried with him a cross formed
from the wood of the Life-giving Cross of our Savior.
time the region around Alaverdi was deserted and barren. One day the
Lord sent a nobleman to hunt in the valley where the pious hermit dwelt
among the wild animals. Seeing the saint, the nobleman guessed
immediately that before him stood a holy man. He bowed before him,
kissed him, and humbly asked what had brought him to this deserted
With the help of God, St. Joseph aroused in the nobleman a
divine love and an unquenchable desire for the Truth. The nobleman vowed
to erect a church in the Alaverdi Wilderness, and he laid the
foundations of Alaverdi Monastery in fulfillment of this vow.
Joseph was overjoyed at the accomplishment of this God-pleasing work.
the people began to hear stories about the holy elder who was laboring
in Alaverdi. Crowds of the faithful flocked there to see him with their
own eyes and hear the blessed Joseph’s preaching. As a result of his
unceasing efforts, unbelief was uprooted, and the divine services of the
Church were firmly established in that region. Many of the faithful
were so drawn to Abba Joseph’s holy life, boundless love, and miracles
that they left the world to join in his labors.
number of hermits increased, and a large community was formed. Fr.
Joseph was the first abbot of this brotherhood. Utterly exhausted from a
life of God-pleasing ascesis and labors, St. Joseph sensed the approach
of death and prepared to stand before the Lord God. He gathered his
disciples, blessed them, instructed them for the last time, appointed a
new abbot, and peacefully departed to the Lord.
With great honor
Fr. Joseph’s disciples buried him at the Alaverdi Church. Many miracles
have since occurred over the grave of the venerable elder.
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