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Passion Bearers


Subject Religion » Christianity

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631232032.2001.x


Boris and Gleb, the first canonized saints of Rus, are the most famous saints in this category; the two sons of Prince Vladimir (d. 1015) were killed, without resisting, by Sviatopolk for political reasons. Pilgrims came from afar to venerate their shrine in Vishgorod. They are often depicted mounted like the two Theodores ( see military saints ). They are commemorated six times a year, notably on 2 May and 24 July. According to their Life, all innocent or voluntary suffering undertaken in the name of Christ is sanctified. Self-offering non-resistance became exalted among northern Orthodox to the level of martyrdom. The Serbian john vladimir (d. 1015), murdered in similar circumstances, was also recognized as a saint. Among the greek orthodox Passion Bearers are known, but this category of sanctity is less clearly defined. maria of bizye ( c .866–902) and other saintly women mistreated by their husbands offer the rare example of lay, female passion bearers. John Joasaph IV Laskaris (d. 1305), blinded as a child by Michael VIII Palaiologos and imprisoned until he joined a monastery ( c . 1285), is commemorated with his grandfather, John III Vatatzes, on 4 November. Tsar Nicolas II, and other members of the Romanov family, murdered by the Bolsheviks (1918) for political reasons, won reverence for their fortitude in the face of brutality. The Romanov martyrs were canonized ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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