• What saint is the patron of the Border Troops of Russia

    The patron saint of the border troops of the Russian Federation is the famous epic bogatyr Ilya Muromets.

    Ilya Muromets as epic character

    Various historical studies prove that Ilya of Murom was not a mythical at all, but quite a real character who lived in Russia around the XII century. His family lived in the Vladimir region, in a village located near the city of Murom, thanks to which Ilya got his nickname.
    It is believed that the first 30 years of his life, Ilya was paralyzed, but then magically healed his illness and decided to convert the acquired power to the benefit of the Fatherland. He joined the military squad of the Kiev ruler Vladimir Monomakh and, as part of this military unit, won a large number of victories over the most powerful enemies.
    In one of the hard battles with the eternal enemies of the Russians - the Polovtsy - Ilya was seriously wounded in the chest area, which made it impossible for him to continue his active participation in military exploits.As a result, he decided to go to the monastery and became a monk of the Kiev-Pechersk Assumption Monastery. There he spent the last years of his life and died at the age of about 45. According to historians, it happened around 1188.

    Ilya Muromets as the patron of the border troops

    in 1643, the Russian Orthodox Church decided to rank Ilya of Murom as a saint for all the feats he had accomplished in the name of his native land. He became part of the Cathedral of Murom Saints, that is, the saints born on the Murom land. At the same time, 69 more monks of the Kiev-Pechersk Assumption Monastery were ranked with him among the saints.
    As one of the most famous Russian bogatyrs who made great efforts to protect the border borders of their homeland, Ilya Muromets was elected patron of the border troops of the Russian Federation. In addition to them, the patron saint of the epic warrior is considered representatives of the rocket forces and military units of special purpose.
    In 1998, in the Moscow region, a temple was built in the name of St. Elijah of Murom, which was subsequently consecrated according to all the canons of the Russian Orthodox Church.At the same time, the building of the temple is located in the territory occupied by the Main Headquarters of the Rocket Forces. The central part of the inner composition of the temple - the altar, contains inside itself a particle of relics, specially brought to the new building during its construction from the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, which is the main location of the relics of the Monk Ilia of Murom.

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