Holy Great-Martyr Gleb…

Yevgeny Demakov's-Holy Great Martyr Gleb (2000)

Commemorated on July 24

Saint Gleb was the son of St Vladimir (July 15) and the brother of Sviatopolk, Yaroslav, and St Boris. He was named David at his Baptism.

After Sviatopolk had killed Boris, he wondered, “Now how can I kill Gleb?” He sent him a message saying that their father was ill and wished to see him. As he was on his way, he received word from Yaroslav that their father had died and that Sviatopolk had murdered Boris.

St Gleb wept for his father and brother, and was lamenting them when the assassins arrived. They seized his boat and drew their weapons, but it was Gleb’s cook Torchin who stabbed him with a knife.

The martyr’s body was thrown onto the shore between two trees. Later, he was buried beside St Boris in the church of St Basil.

The holy martyrs Princes Boris and Gleb are also commemorated on May 2.

One thought on “Holy Great-Martyr Gleb…

  1. I really love Sts. Boris and Gleb – I wish that I’d still been having babies when I became Orthodox (well, I did when I was an inquirer, and he was Baptized at 6 months) so I could pitch Gleb for one of our kids.
    Dh wouldn’t have gone for it, though.

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