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Today - Orthodox Valentine's Day!.

July 8 Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the "St. Valentine's Day" - in this day revered saints miracles Murom Peter and Fevronia, which is considered the patron of love and loyalty ..

Love story of this pair is described in detail in the ancient "The Tale of Peter and Fevronia."

According to the accepted Church Life of saints, holy Prince Peter came to the throne of Murom in 1203. A few years before he fell ill with leprosy, from which no one could cure him. In the dream, the prince was discovered that it can make the daughter of a pious maiden Fevronia beekeeper. When the prince saw a peasant Febronia, then fell in love with her piety, wisdom and kindness, and vowed to marry her after healing. Fevronia cure the prince and married him.

advanced in years, they took the veil in different monasteries with names and prayed to God about the death in one day. Their bodies and Peter Fevronia be buried in a pre-prepared joint coffin with a thin partition, in order not to be separated even after death, but to observe cleanliness.

died they did in one day and the hour of 25 June (New Style - 8 July) in 1228, but the total burial of his brethren found it impossible - the spiritual body buried in a couple of different realms. But the next morning they again found themselves together in the same tomb, which is chosen for themselves.

In the XVI century, Peter and Fevronia been ranked the Russian Orthodox Church canonized. July 8, the day of their death, says Orthodox "Valentine's Day," which considers the ROC alternative to the "lack of spirituality and Western" Valentine's Day. By this date, in many Russian cities are associated with religious processions, awarding the best of families, and other official and social activities on promoting family values.

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