July 15: Saint Vladimir I of Kiev: Patron Saint of Russia

Saint Vladimir I of Kiev, Patron Saint of Russia (Feast Date: July 15)

Extract from Russian Inok: SAINT VLADIMIR, PRINCE OF RUSSIA, EQUAL TO THE APOSTLES: “Prince Vladimir was the first to embrace and choose the Heavenly Kingdom together with the Russian people. I say, ‘with the people’ because there were separate individuals before his time who were joining themselves to the heavenly kingdom, like his grandmother Olga, Theodore and John – martyrs of Kiev, and others. But Vladimir was the first to set out on the path of the Cross along with his whole people. For him, this could not have been but related to a big inner struggle, a struggle that was spiritual and more intense than the one endured by the Serbian King Lazar and by the last Emperor of Russia. Those two, being raised Christian, only had to choose from two options – to stand firm or not on the established path of Christian self-sacrifice. But at that time, the pagan Vladimir, a son of a man called “the wild leopard” had to decide on a completely new path, completely unknown in Russia until that time. That man who would not hold back from any earthly pleasures, who reached the limits of every looseness, debauchery, uncontrolled blood-thirstiness, thievery, violent vengeance – had to die with his old soul and start living with a new one. According to the words of Christ, ‘He who loses his soul shall save it.’” See PICTURE of St. Vladimir.


We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Vladimir of Kiev on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Flooding in Russia (July 2012) (Europe) See World  Mission Rosary Intentions: July 16 – July 20, 2012.

Russian Nuclear Submarine Fire  (December 29, 2011) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: January 2 – January 15, 2012.

Terrorist Killings in the Russian Republic of Ingushetia March 29, 2011) (Europe) World Mission Rosary Intentions: April 11 – April 24, 2011.




Wikipedia:  Vladimir the Great


Ancestory.Com:  Vladimir I the Great [~0956-1015] — Russian Saint, Grand Prince of Kiev

Answers.com:  Vladimir the Great

The Baldwin Project:  VLADIMIR THE GREAT

Book Rags:  Vladimir I

Catholic Encyclopedia:  St. Vladimir the Great

Catholic Online: St. Vladimir

Encyclopedia Britannica:  Vladimir I

ExpoCentral.com:  St. Vladimir the Great

GeneralAnswers.org:  Saint Vladimir The Great

Geni .com:  St Vladimir I “The Great” Sviatoslavich, Grand Prince of Russia

Medieval Archives:  Edmonton police recover piece of Vladimir the Great’s skull

National Catholic Reporter:  On this day: St. Vladimir the Great

New World Encyclopedia:  Vladimir I of Kiev

Open Directory Project:  Saint Vladimir the Great

Orthodox Church in America:  Equal of the Apostles Great Prince Vladimir, in Holy Baptism Basil, the Enlightener of the Russian Land

OrthodoxWiki.org:  Vladimir of Kiev

PediaView:  St. Vladimir’s Cathedral, Kiev

Person  Sheet:  Saint Vladimir Grand Prince of Kiev

Person Sheet:  Saint Vladimir I “the Great” , Grand Prince of Kiev

Pravoslavie Ru:  St. Vladimir relic recovered after theft in Edmonton

Rowan.edu: Olga and Vladimir, First Christian Rulers of Russia/


Russia the Great: Vladimir Svyatoslavich the Saint

The Saint Pachomius Library:  St. Vladimir the Great, Prince of Kiev; his grandmother, St. Olga, Equals of the Apostles; and the Baptism of Rus’

Saints.SQPN.com:  Saint Vladimir I of Kiev

Salt of the Earth:  The Story of Saint Vladimir the Great’s Search for the True Religion

StNicholasRedBank.com:  Great Prince Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles and the Baptism of Russia

Transfiguration of Christ Eastern Orthodox Church:  The Story of Saint Vladimir the Great’s Search for the True Religion

This Is Life!: Revolutions Around the Cruciform Axis:  An Account of the Conversion of St. Vladimir the Great

WikiSource:  Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)/St. Vladimir the Great


Saint Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church:  Prayer to St. Vladimir the Enlightener


CBC News Edmonton:  1,000-year-old relic recovered — Skull fragment is holy icon of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Facebook:  St. Vladimir’s Cathedral, Kiev

THE HISTORICAL MARKER DATABASE:  St. Vladimir Millennial Bell Tower

PayLessFlights.com:  Saint Vladimir Cathedral

TravelPhotoGallery.net – Photographs:  St. Vladimir’s Cathedral

WikiMapia.org:  Saint Vladimir the Great Monument

Wikipedia.org:  Chersoneus Cathedral

WikiPedia: St Volodymyr’s Cathedral


That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.


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