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Saint Athanasius of Brest

About Saint Athanasius of Brest

Saint Athanasius of Brest, also known as Athanasius of Brest-Litovsk, is a revered figure in Eastern Orthodoxy. As a monk, ascetic, and martyr, his life is a testament to unwavering faith and commitment to the Orthodox Christian faith.

Feast Day

September 5

Birth Place

Brest, Belarus



September 5, 1648
Saint Athanasius of Brest

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Early Life and Education


Early Life and Education

Saint Athanasius was born in the mid-16th century in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, in what is now Belarus. Drawn to the monastic life from an early age, Athanasius took the monastic tonsure and dedicated his life to prayer, fasting, and ascetic struggles.


Ecclesiastical Career

Athanasius served as the abbot of the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Brest, where he was known for his strict ascetic life and spiritual leadership. Under his guidance, the monastery flourished and became a center of Orthodox spirituality.

During this period, the Orthodox Church in the region was facing considerable pressure to unite with the Roman Catholic Church. Despite facing significant opposition, Saint Athanasius was steadfast in preserving Orthodox faith and practices within his monastery.

Ecclesiastical Career

Later Life and Canonization


Later Life and Canonization

Saint Athanasius' unwavering commitment to Orthodoxy led to his persecution. He was arrested and imprisoned multiple times for his refusal to adopt the Union of Brest, an agreement that sought to merge the Orthodox and Catholic churches in Poland-Lithuania.

In 1648, Athanasius was arrested one final time. Despite being severely tortured, he refused to renounce Orthodoxy. He reposed in prison later that year, effectively becoming a martyr for his faith.



Saint Athanasius of Brest is remembered for his unwavering commitment to the Orthodox Christian faith and his martyrdom. His example serves as an inspiration for Orthodox Christians, a testament to the power of faith in the face of adversity.

For those who wish to learn more about Orthodox Saints, we invite you to explore our collection here. Discover the story of a saint who stood firm in his faith, even in the face of persecution.



Where are the relics of Saint Athanasius of Brest

Saint Athanasius of Brest's relics are venerated at the Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Brest, Belarus. Over the years, the relics have been an important point of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians seeking the intercession and blessings of Saint Athanasius.

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