Saint Cyril of Turov

icon of Saint Cyril of Turov, author unknown; swiped from the Saint Cyril of Turov Orthodox Church web siteAlso known as

  • Kirill of Turov



Born wealthy. Fluent in Greek and Russian, he read heavily in all sacred works, and was later known as a Bible scholar. When he was grown, he renounced his inheritance, and became a monk in the Turov Borisoglebsk monastery. Preached discipline and obedience to his brother monks. Cyril wrote about the monastic life, and some of his works have survived the centuries.

Believing that even the monastic life was too distracting, he became a hermit on a pillar. His simple life, scholarly background, and reputation of sanctity drew many would-be followers. Bishop of Turov. Correspondent with and counselor to prince Andrei Bogoliubsky on spiritual matters and relations between the Church and state. An exponent of Greek tradition on Russian soil. Renowned orator and preacher, usually on the Passion and Resurrection. He spent his later years writing on spiritual matters.




    • Sermon on Palm Sunday, from Gospel accounts
    • Sermon on Holy Pascha on the Radiant Day of the Resurrection of Christ, from the prophetic accounts
    • Sermon on the new Sunday after Pascha, about the Renewal of the Resurrection, about the Artos [loaf blessed on Pascha], and about Thomas touching the Side of the Lord
    • Sermon about the Taking-down the Body of Christ and about the Myrh-bearing Women, from the Gospel account, and praise of Joseph on the 3rd Sunday after Pascha
    • Sermon about the Paralytic from Genesis and from the Gospel account, on the 4th Sunday after Pascha
    • Sermon about the Blind-man and the enmity of the Jews from the Gospel account, on the 4th Sunday after Pascha
    • Sermon about the Ascension of the Lord, on Thursday of the 6th Week after Pascha, from prophetic decrees, and about the Resuscitation of the Race of Adam from Hades
    • Sermon on the Holy 318 Fathers, from the Holy Books, decreeing about Christ the Son of God, and Praise to the Fathers of the Holy Nicea Council [Sobor], on the Sunday before Pentecost
    • Parable about the Blind and the Lame
    • Parable about the Human Soul, and about the Body, and the Breaking of God’s Commandments, and about the Resurrection of the Body of Man, and about the Future Judgement, and about the Torment
    • Narrative about the Black-Robed Order, from the Old Testament and from the New, bearing a form in common, and about the accomplishing of this matter
    • Account to Hegumen Vasilii: a Parable about White-Robed Men, and about Monasticism, and about the Soul, and about Repentance
    • Letter of a certain Starets [Elder] to the Blest-of-God Archimandrite Vasilii about the Schema
    • Four Prayers on Sunday (after Matins, Hours, and 2 after Vespers)
    • Four Prayers on Monday
    • Four Prayers on Tuesday
    • Five Prayers on Wednesday (after Matins, Hours, and 3 after Vespers)
    • Three Prayers on Thursday (after Matins, Hours, Vespers)
    • Four Prayers on Friday (after Matins, Hours, and 2 after Vespers)
    • Six Prayers on Saturday (2 after Matins, 1 after Hours, and 3 after Vespers)
    • Molieben Canon
    • Confession and Remembrance


I am not an harvester, but I gather up sheaves of grain; I am not an artist in book matters. If I were to speak of myself, ye would have done well not to have come into the church. But I proclaim to you the Word of God, I read to you the account of Christ. I do distribute forth the words of God, finer than gold or other stones, more sweet, than mead or honeycomb, and ye would be deprived of them, not having come to church. But ye, having come, I do praise and bless. – Saint Cyril, writing about himself

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Cyril of Turov“. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 April 2012. Web. 25 September 2020. <>