Memorial Day of the faithful princes Boris and Gleb, in the holy Baptism of Roman and David (06/08)

The Holy Princes Passion-Bearers Boris and Gleb (in Holy Baptism Roman and David) are the first Russian saints canonized by both the Russian and Constantinople Churches. They were the younger sons of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir.

Born shortly before the Baptism of Russia, the holy brothers were brought up in Christian piety. The eldest of the brothers, Boris, received a good education. He loved to read Holy Scripture, the writings of the holy fathers, and especially the lives of the saints. Under their influence, Saint Boris had an ardent desire to imitate the feat of the saints of God and often prayed that the Lord would honor him with such an honor.

Saint Gleb was brought up with his brother from early childhood and shared his desire to devote his life exclusively to the service of God. Both brothers were distinguished by mercy and kindness of heart, imitating the example of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Duke Vladimir, merciful and sympathetic to the poor, sick, and destitute.