Yefrem of Pereyaslav – one of the associates of St. Anthony of Pechersk. Canonized by the Orthodox Church as a Venerable. Saint Yefrem, from the princely home of Iziaslav, was so esteemed by the Prince and enjoyed his confidence that ruled on his behalf. With the blessing of Saint Anthony he went to Constantinople, where he settled at a monastery. About 1072 he returned to the
Within Yefrem’s church jurisdiction were also the town of Rostov (now the town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russian Federation) and Suzdal lands, which at that time belonged to the Pereyaslav eparchy. Annalistic sources mention under the year of 1091 churches built by Yefrem: “This Yefrem during those years built a number of structures: having completed Saint Michael’s Church, he laid down also the Church of Saint Theodore (Stratelatos) above the Bishop’s Gates in the town, and Saint Andrew’s the First Called near the Church (of Saint Michael) at the gates, and the stone structure of the bell tower – such had not been in Rus before – and adorned the town of Pereyaslav with churches and other buildings” (The Tale of Bygone Years).
The relics of Saint Yefrem are in the Near Caves of the
Portrait (imaginary) of St. Yefrem of Pereyaslav