On July 14, in Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Metropolitan Arseny of Lipetsk and Zadonsk presided over the reception of the shrine containing the relics of pious Prince Peter, who received the name of David in monasticism, and Princess Febronia, who became Nun Evphrosynia. This was the first time in history that these relics left Murom. A special shrine was prepared for this purpose.
Metropolitan Arseny, with the other hierarchs and clergy, welcomed the holy relics in the cathedral of Christ the Savior, where a service of intercession to the saints was sung. Seventeen hierarchs and many priests participated in the service. Also present was V. I. Sutchkov, the Director of the Department of Inter-religious Cooperation, National Policy, and Relations with Religious Organizations of the city of Moscow.
Prayers were raised for the preservation and strengthening of marriage, and for the growth of the Russian people.
At the end of the service, Metropolitan Arseny addressed the participants:
“Eminent fellow archpriests, dear fathers and mothers of monasteries, dear fathers, brothers and sisters, by the will of His Holiness the patriarch and the desires of many Muscovites, a new historical event occurred today in our Cathedral. We all witnessed that here, under the arches of this church, were brought the relics of Saint Spyridon, the Cross of Saint Andrew, the Belt of the Most Holy Mother of God, and the relics of the holy martyr Panteleimon. And today, a new event of this kind has taken place: the princes of Murom have come to this church, to give the opportunity to us and our relatives to venerate these holy relics, and in so doing, to receive the graceful strength, granting us the opportunity to change our human “ego”, and to serenely continue the feat of family life.
I would ask you all that in these days, as long as these holy relics are in this church, you remind all your parishioners, all your relatives and friends, that they have the opportunity to venerate these holy relics here in the capital, Moscow. Ask them to share the news with others.
We are grateful that at the initiative of the Holy Church and with the blessing of His Holiness the Patriarch, special attention has been paid to these remarkable miracle worker princes: in their honor, we celebrate solemn services, and monuments are built.
And we are grateful for that to the public agencies of our State and city, as well as to the State organizations that support these events.
Let us be filled with prayer and spiritual gladness for having such an opportunity, such joy and blessing. I thank you all, reverend fathers, who after the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in your parishes, have come here with many faithful. May God, through the prayers of Saints Peter and Febronia, these remarkable saints of our country, grant us that in your life and in your family, all goes well, and that your domestic Church may never destroyed, and that you may not lose each other. Thank you all, and may the Lord keep you for many years.”
The shrine containing the relics of these patron saints of the marriage was transported from Murom Monastery, with the blessing of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. The relics will remain Christ the Savior Cathedral until July 21.
The Russian Orthodox Church thus desires to send a testimony on the ideal of Christian marriage, on love and conjugal fidelity, to the heart of every inhabitant in Russia.
The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of the holy married couple Peter and Febronia of Murom on July 8 and September 19. They lived at the turn of the 12th and 13th century. Their marriage is an example of Christian marriage. These saints were venerated in Russia as the protectors of conjugal life; it was considered that by their prayers, the heavenly blessing descended upon those who married. According to the ancient Russian chronicle, Febronia, the daughter of a beekeeper in a village of the Ryazan region, had healed Prince Peter of Murom from a terrible illness. After which they fell in love and married. After the death of his brother, the prince was to take the throne, but the nobles opposed it and said to him: “You must separate from your wife or leave Murom, because your wife, by her condition, is the shame of the nobility”. The prince chose to leave Murom and to live in poverty with his wife. At an advanced age, the spouses received the monastic habit and promised to be buried together. They died on the same day and at the same hour.
On March 26, 2008, the Russian Federation Council Committee on Social Policy approved the establishment of a new holiday on July 8, on the occasion of the Day of holy Prince Peter and Princess Febronia, the “Russian Day of Family, Love and Faithfulness”.
You can watch here below a video of the reception of the relics of Saints Peter and Febronia in Christ the Savior Cathedral, Moscow.
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