May 28 - The Right-Believing Prince Dmitry of Uglich (near Moscow)

Prince Dmitry, an innocent child who was killed because of palace intrigues and claims to the Russian throne, is now one of the favorite martyrs of the Russian people.

The Right-Believing Prince Dmitry of Uglich (near Moscow)

Today the Orthodox Church remembers the innocent Prince Dmitry, who was killed. The youngest son of Ivan the Terrible, he only lived eight years on this earth.

After the death of Tsar Ivan the Terrible, the Russian state was ruled by the power-hungry boyar Boris Godunov, and Prince Dmitry was sent away from the palace to the city of Uglich with his mother, the Tsaritsa Maria Fyodorovna.

Boris Godunov wanted to get rid of the rightful heir to the Russian throne so badly, that he was willing to embrace the most vile means of doing so. He tried to slander the Prince, claiming that he was an illegitimate son. He asserted that the son shared his father's severity. But no matter what, the people of the court continued to love little Dmitry.

Boris, not succeeding as he had hoped, decided to kill the prince. First they tried to poison him, but the poison didn't work. In desperation, the murderers brutally stabbed the prince in broad daylight, in front of his nurse.

Prince Dmitry, an innocent child who was killed because of palace intrigues and claims to the Russian throne, is now one of the favorite martyrs of the Russian people. His tomb has become famous for many miracles and healings.

The twenty-eight of May is the feast day of the Right-Believing Prince Dmitry of Uglich.

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