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Boris and Gleb

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Saints 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 David) and Gleb (in baptism: Roman) 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, 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 gain their territories.
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.
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==

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