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Saints [[Image:Boris and Gleb.JPG|frame|right|Holy Passion-Bearers Boris and Gleb]]The holy, glorious and right-victorious [[Martyr]]s '''Boris and Gleb ''' were the sons of the great Prince [[Vladimir of Kiev|Vladimir]], the baptizer of the Russian people. They became known as [[Passion-bearer]]s, since they did not resist evil with violence. Boris and his brother Gleb are commemorated together on [[July 24]] by the Church. They received the crown of martyrdom in 1015.  ==LifeLives==Boris (in baptism name David) and Gleb (in baptism name RomanusRoman) were brothers of by the same mother. Their father Vladimir, before his baptism, had numerous wives and many children by them. Hence, Vladimir divided up the State state among all of his sons before his death. After their father's , and after his death the eldest son , Sviatopolk, became Prince of Kiev(the main city of the state, Kievan Rus'). Sviatopolk was jealous and wanted yet more power, and he planned to kill his brothers in order to seize more powergain their territories.
===Boris===
Some of Vladimir's advisers told Boris that he should take the army and establish himself as ruler of Kiev. St Boris, however, said that he could never lift his hand against his own brother.
Sviatopolk sent assassins to the Alta to kill Boris, who already knew that his brother wanted him dead. When they arrived they heard him chanting psalms [[psalm]]s and praying before an [[icon ]] of Christ. He asked the Lord to strengthen him for the suffering he was about to endure. He also prayed for Sviatopolk, asking God not to count this against him as sin.
Then he lay down upon his couch, and the assassins stabbed him with their lances.
===GlibGleb===After Sviatopolk had killed Boris, he sent Glib Gleb a message saying that their father was ill and wished to see him. As he was on his way, he received word that their father had died and that Sviatopolk had murdered Boris.
St Gleb wept for his father and brother, and was lamenting them when the assassins arrived. They seized his boat and drew their weapons, but it was Gleb's cook who stabbed him with a knife.
The martyr's body was thrown onto the shore between two trees. Later, he was buried beside St Boris in the church of St Basil. He is also commemorated on [[September 5]].
==First Glorified first Russian saintsSaints== The holy Passion-bearers Boris and Gleb were the first Russian saints [[glorification|glorified]] by the Russian and Byzantine Churches. A service to them was composed soon after their death, and its author was St John I, Metropolitan of Kiev (1008-1035), which a [[Menaionmenaion]] of the twelfth century corroborates. The innumerable copies of their Life, the accounts of the [[relics]], the [[miracle]]s and eulogies in the manuscripts and printed books of the twelfth-fourteenth centuries bear witness to the special veneration of the holy [[Martyr]]s Boris and Gleb in Russia.
==Transfer of the Relics==
*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsLife.asp?FSID=101271 Translation of the relics of the Holy Passionbearer Gleb] – from OCA Web site.
*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsLife.asp?FSID=101270 Translation of the relics of the Holy Passionbearer Boris] – from OCA Web site
*[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/b/pdr13.htm Icon and Story of Ss. Boris and Gleb]*[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/peace.htm Prayer for Peace]
[[Category:Martyrs]]
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[[Category:Russian Saints]]
[[Category:11th-century saints]]
 
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