Wednesday, August 06, 2003

SS Boris and Gleb
While those using the Gregorian calendar celebrate Our Lord's revelation of His divinity to Peter, James and John on Mount Tabor, those on the Julian-reckoning church calendar remember two of Russia's first saints, sons of that nation's first Christian king, St Vladimir. Hard to believe that in a history, both Byzantine and Russian, full of violence, these two princes (resembling King Edward V and Richard, the boys Richard III of England had die in the Tower of London) chose to be 'passion-bearers', passively suffering rather than stand up to their brother, Svyatopolk. While Christianity and this blog aren't pacifist (force in self-defence is fine), these two are amazing witnesses to peace.

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