Meeting on Thursday February 25, 2016, the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church decided to canonize the Venerable Daniil and Misail of Turnu Monastery, to be commemorated on October 5, and the Venerable Neofit and Meletie of Stânişoara Monastery, to be commemorated on September 3.
Through the centuries many Christian hermits have fled the world to mountain dwelling, becoming great ascetics of the Church, perfected through prayer and fasting, hearing and reading the Divine Scriptures, learning the Psalter by heart, meditating upon the name of Christ in silence and obedience, struggling for many years. In mountain huts they endured cold, suffering, and temptations of all sorts from the cunning demons. The holiness of their lives has been made known to the Church, becoming true examples of prayer and ascetic life in Christ, the Savior.
The venerable hermits Daniil and Misail were born in the second half of the sixteenth century in the area of Oltenia. Both from their youth were lovers of God and willingly engaged in the labors of the virtuous life, having a warm love for Christ our Savior and His Most Pure Mother. Obeying the commandment of the Lord, He who desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me, they left their homes, families and friends, and entered Cozia Monastery as brothers, living in obedience and humility, as the Son of God was obedient to His Father, even unto death on the Cross.
Through their struggles they gained the gift of prayer and the love of God. Obeying all the commands of their abbot and the brethren, they became living ascetic examples in all things. Not long after entering the monastery, they were found worthy, through their labors, to don the angelic habit of monasticism and received the tonsure at the hands of their abbot.
Daniil, being familiar with the Holy Scriptures and the teachings of the Fathers, and living a worthy and skillful religious life, was honored with the grace of the priesthood. Becoming as a candle’s flame, his humble and pure life was quickly made known to the fathers of the monastery who elected him as a confessor and adviser for their salvation.
Among those who confessed to Daniil, also worthy of remembrance, was the blessed Misail, who became his spiritual disciple. Hearing and receiving the spiritual wisdom of St. Daniil, he began with zeal to pass from glory to glory, being full of good works, becoming a good example to all. Eventually, seeking greater spiritual fulfillment, and with burning love for the Divine, Sts. Daniil and Misail decided to leave the community life and enter into solitude. Receiving the blessing of their abbot they went into the mountain lands around Cozia, where cells were dug in the mountain quiet near springs of water.
Many were their temptations, but none could comprehend their thirst for prayer and quiet labors. Around them the Theotokos gathered a small community of brothers who struggled in unceasing prayer, in vigils, in fasting, and in reading soul-profiting books. Therefore, the venerable Daniil and Misail built a wooden church to serve their needs, in honor of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. St. Daniil was the spiritual father of all the hermits, receiving also the confession of the newly-canonized Sts. Neofit and Meletie. They came down, from time to time, especially on Sundays and feast days, to confess and celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the hermitage, being near an old tower thus named Turnu Hermitage.
Foreseeing his end, St. Daniil left behind a sure guide in the person of his disciple the Venerable Misail. Both blessed Daniil and Misail, passing into eternity in the first half of the seventeenth century, were buried by the altar in their little church. When, in 1676, Metropolitan Varlaam of Romania built a new stone church, he placed their holy relics at the foundation of the new altar.
The Venerable Daniil and Misail were shown to be chosen vessels of the Holy Spirit, following in the tradition of Romanian hermits as bearers of spiritual gifts and light.