For centuries, the faithful of Russia have honored Sts. Peter and Fevronia as patrons of honorable marriage. A few years ago the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity, in honor of Orthodox family life, was established, fittingly acknowledging these righteous saints as protectors. On this day, special petitions for the preservation of Orthodox marriage are included in the Liturgy and a special prayer, invoking the intercession of Sts. Peter and Fevronia, is said at the conclusion of the service. (This prayer is included at the end of the Akathist.)
This pocket-sized, user-friendly edition is printed on glossy paper, just as the others in the Series. Both cover and inner pages are in full color, including several icons of the saints. 32 pages.
The Life of Sts. Peter & Fevronia
St. Peter was a prince of the city of Murom in Russia in the thirteenth century and became sick with a serious illness that the physicians could not cure. He heard about a peasant maiden, Fevronia, who was skilled in healing with medicinal herbs. He went to her and she treated him successfully. Deeply grateful and impressed by her wisdom, Peter married her. However his boyars were ashamed to have a peasant woman as their princess and rose up, demanding that Peter send her away. Rather than break his marriage vows, Peter chose to go into exile with Fevronia and together they left the city. Then the boyars began to fight among themselves who should be the next prince, and many were slain. The survivors came to their senses and ran after St. Peter, begging him to return to Murom with Fevronia, and restore peace to the city, which they did. Both became greatly beloved by the people for their almsgiving, humility and wise leadership.
After many years, when they knew they were approaching their ends, they both took monastic vows and prayed that they might die on the same day. They also gave instructions that they should be buried together and had a stone tomb prepared by the cathedral. And the Lord heard their prayer; they did indeed die on the same day, June 20, 1228, each in their own monasteries. However the people did not think it fitting to bury them together, and placed them in separate caskets while waiting for the funeral. The next morning the caskets were empty and their bodies were found together in the stone tomb. Sts. Peter and Fevronia were as honored after their deaths as they had been in life, and over the centuries became renowned as intercessors for those seeking help with their marriages.
Author: Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov
In the early years of his life, Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov, the author of this memorable book, was under the spiritual guidance of St. John (Maximovitch) of Shanghai, who subsequently ordained him to the diaconate. After Archbishop John’s canonization on June 19/July 2, 1994, Father Valery set as his goal to share the miraculous events of the glorification with a wide audience of believers through the publication of his book, Lantern of Grace – in Russian (1999), followed by the English translation (2004). The book was reissued as an enlarged Russian edition (2010), that embraced our younger generation, including stories and reminiscences of students, altar boys, orphans, and numerous other people from various walks of life, whom St. John helped in time of need. The present extended English edition (2017) incorporates additional material on Vladyka’s life, his repose and the funeral, the uncovering and re-vesting of his relics, preceding the canonization, and the ever memorable and joyous glorification. This book contains a collection of precious photographs of Vladyka John, a saint who was our contemporary.
As readers make their way through the pages of this book, we hope they will feel the blessing bestowed by the hand of this wondrous miracle-worker. We trust that, guided by the ever-present Hand of God, they will discover a fresh, new source of faith and hope.
From the Author
Very little is generally said in the church media regarding the priesthood and priests themselves. What is written typically has to do with the participation of priests in clerical or diocesan conferences, which begs the question: Is it even useful to publish anything about the priesthood in publications intended for the laity? We believe that it is not only useful, but also necessary to bring to light the mutually beneficial relationships between the pastor and his flock (with all good intentions, of course), and thus to promote a much desired harmony and mutual support—all the more, if the positions put forth with regard to the priesthood are frank and upright. Here the Apostle Paul serves as an example of one who was not afraid to show his weaknesses: “For I am the least of the Apostles, that am not meet to be called an Apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God” (1 Cor. 15: 9).
The Church of Christ is currently living in the most distressing time of its historical existence— a time of militant apostasy. And on whose shoulders does the duty of standing for the Truth principally fall, if not on the shoulders of priests? Priests take upon themselves all the evil, all the vilification of the secularized, apostatizing, and morally fallen modern world. It is for this reason alone that one should write more frequently in support of these zealots for the Faith and for Christ’s Church, raising awareness of a modern-day priest’s spiritual make-up, so that the laity might understand all the difficulties of the pastor’s challenge and join with him in a working partnership, as the Apostle Paul calls us to do: “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2).
These are the honest thoughts and blessed intentions that we set forth as the basis for our narrative on the priesthood and on priests, those stalwart spiritual warriors marching forth along the difficult paths of our apostatizing time.
Includes Canons, Akathists, Troparia, Daily Prayers, the Divine Liturgy and more. Beautifully bound in maroon color and gold embossed. Follows the Russian usage. Traditional English. Has Morning Prayers and Evening Prayers rather than Compline. This book is frequently referred to as "The Jordanville Prayer Book" because Holy Trinity Monastery and the Printshop of St Job of Pochaev are located in the town of Jordanville.
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First English Edition
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