8 July - a day of memory of the holy pious prince Peter and Princess Fevronia of Murom. Day of Family, Love and Fidelity.
Blessed Prince Peter, in monasticism David, and Princess Fevronia, in the monasticism of Euphrosyne, Murom.
The blessed Prince Peter was the second son of Murom Prince Yuri Vladimirovich. He joined the Murom throne in 1203 year. A few years before, Saint Peter had fallen ill with leprosy, from which no one could cure him. In a dream vision, the prince was revealed that he could be healed by the daughter of a beekeeper, the pious maiden Fevronia, a peasant from the village of Laskova in the Ryazan land. Saint Peter sent his people to that village.
When the prince saw Saint Fevronia, he so fell in love with her for piety, wisdom and kindness, that he vowed to marry her after healing. Saint Fevronia healed the prince and married him. The holy spouses carried love to each other through all the trials. The proud boyars did not want to have a princess from a simple rank and demanded that the prince let her go. Saint Peter refused, and the couple were expelled. They sailed by boat on the Oka from their native city. Saint Fevronia supported and consoled St. Peter. But soon the city of Murom comprehended the wrath of God, and the people demanded that the prince return with Saint Fevronia.
The holy spouses are famous for their piety and mercy. They died on the same day and the hour 25 June 1228 year, taking before the monastic vows with the names of David and Euphrosyne. The bodies of the saints were laid in one coffin.
Saints Peter and Fevronia are a model of Christian matrimony. With their prayers they reduce the heavenly blessing to those who enter into marriage.