Holy Synod establishes a joint feast day of Sts. Dmitry Donskoy and Eudoxia of Moscow

Moscow, July 14, 2015


The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church at its meeting on July 13, 2015 in St. Petersburg established (Minutes no. 49) a joint feast day for the Holy Right-Believing Grand Prince Dmitry Donskoy (1350-1389) and his wife Holy Right-Believing Grand Duchess Eudoxia (in monasticism, Euphrosyne: c. 1353-1407) of Moscow on June 1 (May 19 according to the old calendar), reports Patriarchia.ru.


Sts. Dmitry and Eudoxia were parents of twelve children, and their marriage, according to the chronicles of that time, was a true example of fidelity and consent. It should be mentioned that many saints who showed a genuine example of a Christian marriage have joint feast days (among them are Sts. Joachim and Anna, the parents of the Mother of God; Adrian and Natalia; Cyril and Maria of Radonezh, the parents of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh; Peter and Fevronia of Murom).

The Holy Right-Believing Grand Prince Dmitry Donskoy is commemorated on June 1/May 19. This date coincides with the International Day for Protection of Children.



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