Synaxis of All Saints of Siberia

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Synaxis of the Saints of Siberia.

The celebration of the Synaxis of All Saints of Siberia was established by the resolution of His Holiness Patriarch Pimen (Izvekov) of Moscow and All Russia and the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church in 1984. It is celebrated annually on June 10th.

In 1584 after the defeat of the Khanate of Siberia the overland way to the east was opened up, and in 1587 Tobolsk was founded, the historic capital of Siberia. With the annexation of Siberia to Russia began the history of Tobolsk and the Siberian diocese, which was approved in 1620 as an Archbishopric, and then transformed into a Metropolis. From here, other Siberian dioceses were subsequently formed.

From the very beginning of its existence the Tobolsk diocese produced many Saints, glorified by the grace of God, beginning with the holy righteous martyr Basil of Mangazea (†1602).

Saints[note 1]

St. Sofia-Uspensky (Assumption) Cathedral in Tobolsk.



  • Nectarius, Archbishop of Tobolsk. (†1666)[2]
  • Philotheus (Leschynsky), Metropoltian of Tobolsk, "Apostle of Siberia" May 31 (†1727)[5][6][note 2]
  • Anthony, Metropolitan of Tobolsk. March 27. (†1740)[9]
  • Gerasimus, Bishop of Astrakhan and Enotaeva. June 24 (†1880)[16]

Venerable Monks

  • Andrew, Igumen of Raphael (Tobolsk). May 14 (†1820)[20]
  • Arethas of Valaam & Verkhoturye. May 15 (†1910)[25]

The Righteous and Fools-for-Christ

  • John of Verkhoturye, fool-for-Christ. April 16 (†1701)[27]
  • Peter (Michurin), youth of Tobolsk (Peter of Tomsk). March 4 (†1820).[29][30]

Others[note 3]

See also


  1. The 31 Saints listed here correspond to the listing of 31 Saints officially listed for the feast of the Synaxis of All Saints of Siberia, June 10th, on the website of the Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church (DECR): (Russian) Собор Сибирских святых.
  2. On June 18th, 1700, Tsar Peter the Great published an Ukase (imperial edict) that made a resounding appeal for the propagation of the Orthodox faith in Siberia and China. In response to the Ukase of 1700, Philothei (Leschinsky) of Kiev was chosen as the Metropolitan of Tobolsk and All Siberia (1702-1711), long since a center of missionary operations, in order to "lead the natives in China and Siberia to the service of the true and living God." He built 37 churches and personally accounted for the baptism of 40,000 Siberian tribesmen by 1721.
  3. These 2 Saints were not officially listed on the website of the Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church (DECR); nor were they included in the OCA Listing for June 10th. However, they were included in the Russian Wikipedia article Собор Сибирских святых (Synaxis of the Saints of Siberia), most likely because both of these Saints were canonized after 1984 (when the Feast of the Synaxis of the Saints of Siberia was established). Elder Damat was canonized in 1994, and Basiliscus in 2004.
  4. Founder of the Dormition Dolmatovsky Monastery (Dalmatovskoye Monastery), the first Russian settlement in the Urals. Canonized in 1994 according to his article on the Russian Wikipedia.
  5. Canonized on January 11, 2004, according to his article on the Russian Wikipedia.


  1. Василий Мангазейский. Russian Wikipedia.
  2. Нектарий (Теляшин). Russian Wikipedia.
  3. Симеон (Молюков). Russian Wikipedia.
  4. Димитрий Ростовский. Russian Wikipedia.
  5. Филофей (Лещинский). Russian Wikipedia.
  6. Great Synaxaristes: (Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Φιλόθεος Μητροπολίτης Τομπόλσκ. 31 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  7. Иоанн Тобольский. Russian Wikipedia.
  8. Иннокентий (Кульчицкий). Russian Wikipedia.
  9. Антоний (Стаховский). Russian Wikipedia.
  10. Павел (Конюскевич). Russian Wikipedia.
  11. Софроний (Кристалевский). Russian Wikipedia.
  12. Варлаам (Петров). Russian Wikipedia.
  13. Мелетий (Леонтович). Russian Wikipedia.
  14. Филарет (Амфитеатров). Russian Wikipedia.
  15. Иннокентий (Вениаминов). Russian Wikipedia.
  16. Герасим (Добросердов). Russian Wikipedia.
  17. Мелетий (Якимов). Russian Wikipedia.
  18. Синесий (Иванов). Russian Wikipedia.
  19. Мисаил Абалацкий. Russian Wikipedia.
  20. Андрей Рафаиловский. Russian Wikipedia.
  21. Герман Аляскинский. Russian Wikipedia.
  22. Даниил Ачинский. Russian Wikipedia.
  23. Варлаам Чикойский. Russian Wikipedia.
  24. Макарий (Глухарёв). Russian Wikipedia.
  25. Арефа Верхотурский. Russian Wikipedia.
  26. Симеон Верхотурский. Russian Wikipedia.
  27. Иоанн Верхотурский. Russian Wikipedia.
  28. Косма Верхотурский. Russian Wikipedia.
  29. Пётр Томский. Russian Wikipedia.
  30. March 17 / March 4. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (A parish of the Patriarchate of Moscow).
  31. Фёдор Кузьмич. Russian Wikipedia.
  32. Домна Томская. Russian Wikiepdia.
  33. Знаменский, Стефан Яковлевич. Russian Wikipedia.
  34. Далмат Исетский. Russian Wikipedia.
  35. Василиск Сибирский. Russian Wikipedia.


Other Languages

  • Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church (DECR): (Russian)
Собор Сибирских святых. (Synaxis of the Saints of Siberia)
  • Russian Wikipedia: (Russian)
Собор Сибирских святых. (Synaxis of the Saints of Siberia)
  • Russian Wikipedia: (Russian)
Тобольская и Тюменская епархия. (Tobolsk and Tyumen Diocese). 
Σύναξις Πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων ἐν Σιβηρία. 10 Ιουνίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.