Day of remembrance of the Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Duke Vladimir (28/07)

Today, July 28, the Russian Orthodox Church honors the memory of Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir, and a memorable date is dedicated to this holiday in Russia - the Day of the Baptism of Russia.

The Baptism of Russia took place in 988. This key historical event is associated with the name of the Holy Prince Vladimir. Historians call Volodymyr the Great, the Church calls him Saint Equal-to-the-Apostles, the people call him Volodymyr the Red Sun.

The Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Duke Vladimir the Red Sun (960-1015) was the son of Prince Svyatoslav of Kiev and the grandson of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Duchess Olga. Shortly before his death, Prince Svyatoslav divided the Russian land between his three sons: the eldest son, Yaropolk, received Kiev, the middle one, Oleg, received the Drevlyansk land, and the youngest, Vladimir, Novgorod. Soon after the death of Svyatoslav, strife began between the brothers, as a result of which Vladimir became the sovereign prince of Russia.