The Monk Peter, Tsarevich of the Horde

Commemorated on June 30

      The Monk Peter, Tsarevich of the Horde, was the nephew of khan Bergai of the Golden Horde. In the year 1253 Sainted Kirill, Bishop of Rostov (Comm. 21 May), went to the Horde to petition for church needs in his diocese and he told the khan about the miracles, worked by the relics of Sainted Leontii (Comm. 23 May). Among the retinue was the young nephew of the khan, upon whom the sainted-bishop made a very strong impression. After some length of time the son of Bergai fell ill. Remembering the account of the Russian bishop about the healings, he summoned Sainted Kirill, and through his prayers the sick one was healed. The khan richly rewarded Saint Kirill and sent him off to his diocese. Along the way the lad, the nephew of khan Bergai, overtook the sainted-bishop, and entreated him to take him along to Rostov. At Rostov the lad was baptised with the name Peter and he married. Saint Peter distinguished himself with a love for silence, Divine-meditation and prayer. After a miraculous appearance to him of the Apostles Peter and Paul he built near Lake Nera a monastery in their honour. After the death of his spouse, shortly before his own death, the saint accepted monasticism at the monastery founded by him.
      The Monk Peter died in extreme old age in the year 1290.
      The veneration of the monastic tsarevich Peter began in the XIV Century. A general celebration was established at the Sobor (Council) of 1547.

1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.

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