Day of Peter and Fevronia of Murom: history, traditions, ceremonies
The Day of Peter and Fevronia of Murom in the Orthodox tradition is celebrated on July 8 according to the Gregorian calendar. In Russia, these saints are venerated as guardians of family happiness, hearth and love, and loyalty between spouses.
Therefore, the holiday in 2008 received the official name — Day of Family, Love and Loyalty.
Some consider the Day of Peter and Fevronia an alternative to the Western holiday — St. Valentine’s Day. However, the essential difference is that the Orthodox holiday is dedicated only to married couples, while the Catholic holiday is dedicated to all lovers.
The history of the holiday originates from the reign of Murom Prince Peter, who was the second child of Yuri Vladimirovich. More than 800 years ago, he took the reins in his hands, but before that he fell ill with leprosy. He was treated by the best healers, but all attempts to alleviate the suffering of Peter were in vain.
The young man was advised to turn to the simple peasant maiden Fevronia, who had the gift of healing.
She demanded in return the hand and heart of the prince, to which he agreed. However, Peter did not keep this promise and left Fevronia as soon as the disease receded. After a few days, the prince felt much worse, and the leprosy returned again.
The desperate ruler went to the healer again, but this time he kept his word and married her.
At first, people from noble families did not recognize the commoner Fevronia and suggested that Peter and his wife leave the city of Moore forever. The prince did so.
He took the boat, and the couple went on a journey, lived for a while with ordinary people and rejoiced at every minute spent together.
Meanwhile, a rebellion began in the city of Murom, and many people were killed in the struggle for the throne. Then the nobles called a council and decided to call Prince Peter back.
Fevronia, together with her spouse, returned and managed to earn national love and respect, since she was a fair and wise ruler.
Saints Peter and Fevronia of Murom
Peter and Fevronia lived a happy and long married life. Peace and harmony always reigned in their family, they loved each other with all their hearts and died on the same day.
The couple took monasticism, being in old age, renounced all earthly wealth, lived in various monasteries.
The saints were canonized by the Orthodox Church in 1541. In ancient Russia, Peter and Fevronia prayed for people who wanted to tie the knot, they asked the heavenly patrons for a long and happy relationship.
The relics of the saints are located in the city of Murom in the territory of the convent.