Commemorated on October 7
Little is known about the life of St. Joseph of Khevi. The Church is
certain only that he was a native of Khevi (in northern Georgia) and
served as a priest in that village. In addition to being great warriors,
the people of Khevi have throughout history been remarkably steadfast
in the Christian Faith. The churches and monasteries in Khevi are
extraordinary in both beauty and inaccessibility. They were deliberately
built in mountainous places, as if reaching them should demand the
greatest of zeal.
The most important ornament and symbol of Khevi
is the ice that perpetually caps the peak of Mt. Kazbegi. On the slope
of this mountain stands Trinity Monastery, where at one time St. Nino’s
cross was preserved (it is presently kept in Tbilisi, in the northern
section of the iconostasis at Sioni Cathedral).
Trinity Monastery, on the ice-covered, vertical cliff of Mt. Kazbegi, is
a cave hermitage at 13,450 feet, known as the Bethlehem Cave. It is
possible to reach this hermitage only by climbing chains let down from
its height. According to the chronicle Life of Kartli, this cave has throughout history been used to store sacred objects and treasures of the Church.
historian David Batonishvili records that St. Joseph was especially
known for his love of holy objects, for keeping the strictest of fasts,
and for his outstanding virtues. He climbed to the Bethlehem Hermitage
and returned with a piece of the tent of the patriarch Abraham,
(Georgian tradition relates that both the tent of the Patriarch Abraham
and the manger of Christ were kept in the Bethlehem Cave for many
centuries.) which he presented to King Erekle. Having attained the
heights of clairvoyance and miracle-working, St. Joseph reposed
peacefully in the year 1763.
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