Pilgrims Flock to Moscow to Honor the Patron Saints of Family Values (Peter and Fevronia)

Saints Peter and Fevronia are patron saints of Christian marriage. Many people ask for their prayers, helping to maintain love and loyalty in the family.

Originally appeared at: The Moscow Times

Relics of Saint Peter and Fevronia, the patrons of family and marriage in Orthodoxy, were transported to Moscow from the town of Murom on July 14. 

Pilgrims are being allowed to see the relics and offer prayers at Christ the Savior Cathedral at the end of July.

Huge queues formed when St. Andrew's Cross, the Belt of the Virgin and relics of the holy martyr Panteleimon and St. Nicholas were displayed in the cathedral, and the same is expected this time. 

Authorities warned that the Patriarchal Bridge would be blocked and transport restricted if the crowd of pilgrims is very large.

The line of people who want to touch the holy relics begins long before the entrance to the cathedral.
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A solemn prayer service took place in Christ the Savior Cathedral when the relics arrived.
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This is the first time the relics have been moved from the monastery in Murom.

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In Orthodoxy, it is believed that the relics of Saint Peter and Fevronia have a power of grace that helps to maintain love and loyalty in the family.

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The Russian Orthodox Church honors the saints on July 8, the day of family, love and loyalty.

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A special reliquary was made to house the relics on their journey to Moscow.

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Thousands of believers from all over Russia will come to the capital to see the relics.

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