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Today - Day of the Holy Princess Olga

July 24 2007

Saints Grand Duchess Olga, in holy baptism, Helen, came from a kind Gostomysl, on the advice which the Vikings were supposed to reign in Novgorod, Pskov was born in the land, in a pagan family dynasty of princes Izborsky. Her name Varangian named Helga, in the Russian pronunciation - Olga (Volga).

In 903, she became the wife of Grand Duke of Kiev Igor. After his assassination in 945 rebels Drevlyane did not want to marry the widow lays the burden of public service for three, son of Sviatoslav.

Grand Duchess went down in history as the great designer of public life and culture of Kievan Rus. In 954 Princess Olga was the purpose of religious pilgrimage and a diplomatic mission went to Constantinople, where the honor was accepted by imp. Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus.

The sacrament of baptism on her made Patriarch of Constantinople Theophylact, and became the recipient of the emperor himself, whose name was called by Russian princess in honor of St.. Queen Helena, who found the Cross of the Lord. The patriarch blessed the newly-baptized the princess cross, carved from a single piece of life-giving tree of the Lord with the words: Update Russian land Holy Cross, he also took Olga, Princess missus. "

Olga zealously carried the Christian gospel among the heathen, was to erect the first Christian churches: in the name of St. Nicholas over the grave of the first Christian prince of Kiev, Askold, and St. Sophia in Kiev over the grave of Prince Dir, the Annunciation in Vitebsk, Holy Trinity Church in Pskov, a place to which, in the chronicler, it was stated above, "Beam Trisiyatelnogo Deity" - on the banks of the River Great she saw descending from heaven "three presvetlyh beam.

St. fell asleep. book. Olga in 969, bequeathed to openly commit the burial of a Christian life. Her incorrupt relics were buried in the Tithe church in Kiev.

As the story about the works of Olga's life, "and ruled Princess Olga dominion regions of the Russian land, not as a woman, but as a strong and intelligent man, firmly holding the power in their hands and courageously defending against enemies. And she was terrible for the past. its the same people loved how gracious and pious ruler, as a righteous judge and no one obidyaschy, imposing punishment with mercy, and reward good, and she inspired all evil fear, each paying in proportion to the dignity of his actions, but all matters of management, she discovers the foresight and wisdom . In this case, Olga, merciful on his soul, was schedrodatelna poor, wretched and poor, to her heart will soon reach a fair request, and she quickly implement them ... With all this Olga united abstinent and chaste life, she did not want to get a second marriage, but are in pure widowhood, observing his son days before his age of princely power. When the latter grew up, she gave him all the affairs of government, and myself, to remove from the rumors and care, lived outside the concerns of control, indulging for charity ".

Masha Shibanova


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