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.
A Child's Guide to Prayer is a beautifully illustrated prayer book for Orthodox Christian children aged 5-10 who are just developing a habit of prayer. The selection includes morning and evening prayers, prayers during the day, at mealtimes, for family and friends, and prayers of and to the saints - along with psalms to pray and prayers that have to do with communion and confession. All the prayers were carefully selected by priests and youth workers to ensure their age-appropriateness. The 120-page guide also includes brief instructions on how to pray, why we pray, and a list of different ways to pray. The book concludes with several blank pages for personal prayer requests.
In honor of the upcoming 15th anniversary of the wondrous appearance of the miraculous Myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God of Hawaii (2022), the Orthodox Hawaiian Iveron Icon Association has published this Akathist. As expressed in the introduction, “Wherever the Holy Icon goes, the Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Mother abound. People have commented that just being in the presence of this Icon, one feels such an abundance of love and joy. It is truly indescribable. We are so very blessed that God has shown His love toward us by allowing us a small foreshadowing of what the saints call ‘the true odor of sanctity.’ ”
The publication includes a Foreword by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, an Introduction about the Holy Icon, and Troparia to Iveron Icons “of Hawaii,” “of Montreal,” “of Mount Athos,” and “of Moscow.” The pages are richly enhanced with well over two dozen photographs. Cover includes flaps; binding is stitched so as to lay flat; inner pages are printed on glossy paper. Trim size is 5.5 x 8.5, with 40 pages. $10.
Income from the publication assists the Foundation in bringing the Holy Icon throughout the Orthodox world, as well as toward the memorial shrine being built in honor of the Holy Icon, in Hawaii.
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This tearful, cleansing lamentation comes from the heart of a believing Orthodox person. With hope, she tenaciously clings to her Saviour with the boldness of one who knows the ultimate greatness of Christ's forgiveness. Not attempting to hide from Christ's gaze the magnitude of her sinful actions, the writer of this akathist fully presents her fallenness to the Lord without leaving unspoken even a trace for which the demons might accuse her at the Last Judgment. And out of the fullness of her repentance, in this liturgical expression of sorrow, she can freely call out: 36 pages.