Holy Catholicos-Patriarch Ioseb the Wonderworker (†1770)
Memory 17 (30) October
In 1764 Holy Catholicos Ioseb, like St. Gregory the Theologian, humbly stepped down from the archpastor’s throne and withdrew to Akhmeta in northeastern Georgia.With his own hands he cultivated a vineyard and distributed his harvest to the poor. The climate in that region was capricious—droughts were frequent, and hail would devastate the fragile crops, laying waste to the farmers’ labors. But while St. Ioseb was laboring there, the region suffered neither drought nor hail.
Through St. Ioseb’s prayers, the sick were healed and the blind received sight. Those who dwelt near him loved him deeply and put their hope in him. St. Gabriel the Lesser remarked joyfully in one of his writings: “Once I saw and two times I kissed the hand of this holy man.”
Having lived in godliness to a ripe old age, Catholicos Ioseb reposed peacefully in the year 1770.
Dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, O Holy Hierarch Catholicos Ioseb, pray to Christ God to have mercy on our souls!
For further information on the book THE LIVES OF THE GEORGIAN SAINTS by Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze contact St. Herman Press:
St. Herman Press, P.O. Box 70, Platina, CA 96076
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