June 1 - St. Dmitry Donskoy the Grand Prince

Prince Dmitry destroyed the enemy, and secured a great victory on the field of Kulikovo, on the blessed day of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos.

Dmitry Donskoy built the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Dormition Monastery, in honor of the fallen soldiers.

The Right-Believing Grand Prince Dmitry Donskoy

Mother Russia is renowned for her great people, and she glorifies their great deeds. Today we honor the memory of the Right-Believing Grand Prince Dmitry Donskoy. 

Saint Alexis of Moscow instilled Christian piety in him from his youth. He sowed the seed of true faith, loyalty to one's homeland, and love for others in his soul.

Thanks to this, Dmitry Donskoy became a wise and glorious leader. He dedicated himself to a great work: uniting the Russian lands, and freeing Russia from the yoke of the Mongol Tartars.

When the decisive battle with Mamai's hordes drew near, Prince Dmitry asked for the blessing of the Venerable Sergius of Radonezh. The elder inspired the prince to a great victory, and gave him two schemamonks to help him. 

Prince Dmitry destroyed the enemy, and secured a great victory on the field of Kulikovo, on the blessed day of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos.

The Russians began to call him, "Grand Prince Dmitry Donskoy", because he defeated the Tartars near the river Don, which flows near the field of Kulikovo.

Dmitry Donskoy built the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Dormition Monastery, in honor of the fallen soldiers.

The great prince died early: he was 39 years old. But in that time Dmitry Donskoy managed to make the Moscow principality one of the main centers of the unification of Russia, and entered history as a great commander.

The first of June is the feast day of the Right-Believing Grand Prince Dmitry Donskoy.

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