Holy Nobleborn Prince Vladimir Yaroslavich, Novgorod Wonderworker
Commemorated on October 4
Prince Vladimir Yaroslavich, Novgorod Wonderworker, was the eldest son of
GreatPrince Yaroslav the Wise, and was born in the year 1020. At age 14 his
father made him administrator of Novgorod. The voevoda (military-commander)
Vyshata and the holy Bishop Luke Zhidyata (Comm. 10 February) assisted in
guiding the prince. When he matured, the prince became a brave defender of the
land and a pious Christian. Saint Vladimir built at Novgorod the Sophia
cathedral, which was started in the year 1045 and consecrated on 14 September
1052 by Bishop Luke. The holy prince was not only concerned about the
strengthening of the princedom (by his decree was built at Novgorod a stone
fortress), but he also zealously instructed himself in the law of the Lord. It
thus is known, that in 1047 the prophetic books with explanations were copied
out for him.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.