Who are Peter and Fevronia

If you do not count the betrayals of the land of Murom, the poetic story of Yermolai the Precious tells about the life of the Reverend Peter and Fevronia. It was written at the request of Metropolitan Makarius of Moscow and was timed to coincide with the Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, where the couple were assigned to the saints.

According to the betrayals, the dying serpent-saver sprinkled with blood of the younger brother of the Murom prince โ€” Peter. From what his whole body was covered with unhealing wounds, which no cure could cure. Healed the young prince the daughter of a honey gatherer named Fevronia, preparing him a healing ointment. Under the terms of the girl, Peter had to marry her after recovery, but he decided to pay off rich gifts. But Fevronia did not accept them. After a while, the illness to the prince returned. He had to turn to the girl again for help and this time kept the word given to her.

Soon Paul died, and princely authority passed to Peter. The boyare were unhappy with the Princess’s low origins. Offered her to take whatever she wanted and leave town. Fevronia took only her husband. After they left the city, the bloodshed began. Residents of the town urged the couple to return back.

The princely honour ruled Murom rightly: the spouses decorated temples, reconciled the warring, helped the needy, were faithful and devoted to each other: Peter did not leave Fevronius for the sake of human navets, and and she in turn did not leave him in difficult moments. They lived to a deep old age. At the end of life took a haircut and punished to bury them together. Peter and Fevronia died in the same day and hour. But the last covenant of the couple was not fulfilled: they were put in separate coffins and carried to different temples. However, the deceased were soon found together. People tried several times to separate the bodies of Peter and Fevronia, but they still found themselves close by.

Although the life of the righteous is written on the basis of legends, but there are chronicles (for example, Resurrection and others) confirming the fact of the reign of Murom in 1203 by a prince who was cured by a girl from a simple estate, which later became his wife. Fevronia (Euphrosynia) assisted Peter (David) with practical advice, as well as doing philanthropy. They were ruled for 25 years, they had two sons and a grandson. According to chronicles, the eldest son Yuri and grandson Oleg died during the battle with the Volzhsko-Kamsk Bulgars, and the younger son Sviatoslav died a few days before the death of his parents.

The veneration of Peter and Fevronia began long before their canonization. As early as the 15th century, services were held by this saint. In 1446, the Murom spouses became patrons of Russian tsars. For the

first time as an ideal married couple, Peter and Fevronia are mentioned in the Epistle of Metropolitan Macarius to King Ivan IV. Ivan the Terrible revered saints also as assistants in the field.

For centuries many of the highest individuals came to worship the relics of the Murom miracle workers: Queen Irina Godunova, Peter I, Catherine II, Nicholas I, Alexander II and many others. To this day, thousands of people come to Murom, to worship the holy relics of the couple. And the clerics keep a special book in which they record miracles that happen to the faithful after prayers to Peter and Fevronia.

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