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Russians have their own patron saints to pray to - Patriarch

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://en.rian.ru/russia/20060802/52183365.html 02/ 08/ 2006 MUROM, August 2 (RIA Novosti) - Russians have their own patron saints to pray to for happiness in
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      02/ 08/ 2006

      MUROM, August 2 (RIA Novosti) - Russians have their own patron saints to
      pray to for happiness in love and marriage, the head of the Russian
      Orthodox Church said Wednesday.

      In a sermon at the Transfiguration Cathedral in Murom, about 200 miles
      southeast of Moscow, Patriarch Alexy II spoke of Orthodox Christian saints
      Peter and Fevronia as the patrons to whom Russian married couples should
      turn for help and guidance, rather than seeking support from Catholic or
      Protestant patron saints.

      "It is they we must revere as a role model of marriage, not [the saints]
      being imposed on us from the outside, such as St. Valentin," he said, in an
      apparent reference to the ever-growing popularity of Valentine's Day in Russia.

      Many pilgrims visit the Holy Trinity convent in Murom to venerate the holy
      relics of Peter and Fevronia, who lived in the late 12th-early 13th centuries.

      As legend has it, Prince Peter married Fevronia, a beekeeper's daughter,
      after she cured him of leprosy. They lived a life of love and piety, took
      monastic vows together and died on the same day. The Russian Orthodox
      Church canonized the couple 300 years later.
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