Akathist to Sts. Peter and Fevronia, Protectors of Orthodox Marriage
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 monastery. 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.