Russian Saints Pyotr and Fevronia

Pyotr and Fevronia

Pyotr and Fevronia

The Day of Russian Saints Pyotr and Fevronia is also known as Day of Family, Love and Faithfulness, officially introduced in Russia in 2008. The Orthodox patrons of marriage Pyotr and Fevronia inspired the artist Alexander Prostev to illustrate their story. According to the Life, Prince Pyotr Muromskii entered the throne in 1203. A few years before that, he was afflicted with leprosy, from which no one could cure him. In the dream, the prince discovered that the daughter of a beekeeper Fevronia can heal him. Fevronia lived in a peasant village in the Ryazan land.

young Fevronia

young Fevronia

Prince loved Fevronia for her piety, wisdom, and goodness, and vowed to marry her when healed. The girl cured the prince but he did not keep his word. Then again he was defeated by the disease and Fevronia cured him once again. And this time the duke married the girl.

Young Prince Pyotr

Young Prince Pyotr

However, when Peter inherited reign after his brother, nobles did not want to have a simple girl to have a title of princess and demanded that the prince divorced. But he chose to voluntarily relinquish power and wealth, and departed with his wife in exile. But in Murom turmoil began, the boyars called Prince back. Prince and Princess returned, ruled long and earned the love of the people.

Saint Fevronia

Saint Fevronia

In old age, they took vows in different convents with the names of David and Euphrosinya, prayed to God to die the same day, and to be buried together in a coffin with a thin partition in the middle. They died each in his cell the same day and hour – July 8 (old style – June 25) 1228.

Saint Peter

Saint Pyotr

But people have recognized the wicked to burry the monks in one coffin and have broken the will of the dead: their bodies were placed in the different realms. But the very next day they were found together. Twice their bodies were carried out to the different churches, but twice they miraculously were found side by side. And the spouses were buried together in the city of Murom at the cathedral church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin.

Dream of Prince Pyotr

Dream of Prince Pyotr

Since that time the history of the spouses of Pyotr and Fevronia is the embodiment of the unquenchable love and loyalty and every year on 8 July the Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of Saints Peter and Fevronia. Peter and Fevronia of Murom were canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1547. Their relics are now in the Holy Trinity monastery in Murom.

Meeting of Pyotr and Fevronia

Meeting of Pyotr and Fevronia

Prince didn't keep promise to marry Fevronia

Prince didn’t keep promise to marry Fevronia

Repentance of Prince Pyotr

Repentance of Prince Pyotr

Dream of Prince Pyotr

Dream of Prince Pyotr

Asking for forgivness

Asking for forgivness

Fevronia bride

Fevronia bride

Wedding of Prince Pyotr and Fevronia

Wedding of Prince Pyotr and Fevronia

Envy of boyars wives

Envy of boyars wives

unity of souls

unity of souls

whispering boyars

whispering boyars

What God has joined together, let no man put asunder

What God has joined together, let no man put asunder

Exile of Prince Pyotr and Princess Fevronia

Exile of Prince Pyotr and Princess Fevronia

Princess Fevronia comforting Prince Pyotr

Princess Fevronia comforting Prince Pyotr

Pyotr and Fevronia

Pyotr and Fevronia

Murom asks the prince and the princess to return

Murom asks the prince and the princess to return

Return to Murom

Return to Murom

Family - a small church

Family – a small church

Gospel reading. Russian Saints Pyotr and Fevronia

Gospel reading. Russian Saints Pyotr and Fevronia

Prince Pyotr - the construction of temples

Prince Pyotr – the construction of temples

Princess Fevronia - helping people

Princess Fevronia – helping people

Autumn leaves. Russian Saints Pyotr and Fevronia

Autumn leaves. Russian Saints Pyotr and Fevronia

Saints Prince Peter and Princess Fevronia

Russian Saints Pyotr and Fevronia

Russian Saints Pyotr and Fevronia. Conversation of souls at a distance

Conversation of souls at a distance

Russian Saints Pyotr and Fevronia Going into eternity

Going into eternity

Moment of death. Russian Saints Pyotr and Fevronia

Moment of death

Russian Saints Pyotr and Fevronia died on the same day and hour

Russian Saints Pyotr and Fevronia died on the same day and hour

Russian Saints Pyotr and Fevronia

Saints spouses Russian Saints Pyotr and Fevronia

Russian Saints Pyotr and Fevronia

Russian Saints Pyotr and Fevronia

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