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Saint John Jacob the Chozebite

About Saint John Jacob

Saint John Jacob the Chozebite, also revered as the New Hozevite, is a shining example of unwavering faith, deep humility, and ascetic struggle. As one of the most venerated saints from Romania, his life and teachings continue to inspire countless Orthodox Christians on their spiritual journey.

Feast Day

August 5

Birth Place

Crainiceni, Romania


July 23, 1913


August 5, 1960
Saint John Jacob the Chozebite

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Early Life and Education


Early Life and Education

Born on July 23, 1913, in Crainiceni, Neamț County, Romania, he was baptized with the name Ilie. His early years were marked by a deep sense of piety and love for Christ. Despite facing challenges, including the loss of his parents at a young age, his faith remained unshaken.

Feeling the call to a monastic life, he entered the monastic ranks at the age of 23 at the Durău Monastery. He later moved to the Neamț Monastery and was tonsured a monk, taking the name John.


Ecclesiastical Career

Drawn to the intense ascetic practices and spiritual legacy of the Holy Land, Monk John made the pilgrimage to the Chozeba Monastery in Palestine. Immersing himself in prayer and ascetic struggle, he became known as John Jacob the Chozebite, dedicating himself to the path of the Desert Fathers.

In the caves of the Judean Desert, he experienced profound spiritual insights, enduring extreme physical hardships, prolonged fasting, and intense prayer.

Saint John Jacob emphasized the importance of humility, repentance, and unceasing prayer. His writings, infused with spiritual wisdom, are a testament to his profound connection with God. One of his most cherished works, "The Ladder of the Divine Ascent," draws parallels between the struggles of monastic life and the biblical story of Jacob's ladder.

Ecclesiastical Career

Later Life and Canonization


Later Life and Canonization

On August 5, 1960, Saint John Jacob reposed in the Lord, leaving behind a rich spiritual legacy. His resting place became a site of pilgrimage for many seeking blessings and spiritual guidance.

Due to his widespread veneration, numerous miracles, and the influence of his teachings, the Romanian Orthodox Church canonized him on June 20, 1992. He is commemorated every year on August 5.



Saint John Jacob the Chozebite remains a beacon for Orthodox Christians, exemplifying a life of deep devotion, asceticism, and unwavering faith. His teachings continue to inspire and guide believers in their spiritual pursuits.

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Where are the relics of Saint John Jacob the Chozebite

The relics of Saint John Jacob the Chozebite, also known as Saint John Jacob of Neamț, are located in Romania. After his repose in 1960, he was initially buried in the Jordanian desert near the Jordan River. However, in 1980, his relics were transferred to Romania and are now enshrined at the Saint George (Sfântul Gheorghe Nou) Church in Bucharest. He is venerated especially in Romania, and his relics attract many pilgrims who come to seek his blessings and intercessions.

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