Michael of Kiev

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Our father among the [[saints]] '''Michael of Kiev''' ('''Mikhail I''') was the first [[Metropolitan]] of Kiev, from the year 988 to 991.  He is commemorated by the Church on [[September 30]], and on [[June 15]] the day of his repose.
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==Life==
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Saint Michael arrived at Korsun in the year 989 with other clergy, not long after [[Vladimir of Kiev|Prince Vladimir's]] [[Baptism]]. He may have been Bulgarian, Serbian, or Syrian by birth.
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Being the first metropolitan of the [[Church of Russia|Russian  Church]], he traveled the newly-enlightened Russian lands, preaching the Holy Gospel, baptizing and teaching the newly-illumined people. He started the first churches and religious schools.
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St Michael died in the year 992 and was buried in Kiev. In about the year 1103, his [[relics]] were transferred to the Antoniev Cave, and on [[October 1]], 1730 into the Great Church of the Caves.
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==Hymns==
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[[Troparion]]  ([[Tone]] 4)  [http://oca.org/FStropars.asp?SID=13&ID=102820]
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:The prophecy of the first-called apostle has been fulfilled today:
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:Grace has illumined the hills of Kiev and the faith is increased.
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:Those who were not a people
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:Are now the people of God, a holy nation,
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:A flock of Christ of which you, O Michael, are first shepherd,
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:And you serve it by bringing baptism.
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:O Hierarch, standing before God pray that all may be saved!
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[[Kontakion]] (Tone 2)
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:You appeared as a second Moses,
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:Bringing the vine from Egyptian idolatry into the land of promise.
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:You said of it: Faith shall be established in this land,
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:And fruit to nourish the world shall flourish on the summits of Kiev,
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:More than on the heights of Lebanon.
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:Having this harvest we bless you, O Hierarch Michael!
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==Source==
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=102820 St Michael the first Metropolitan of Kiev] – [[OCA]] Web site.
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{{start box}}
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{{succession|
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before= (none) |
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title=[[List of Metropolitans of Kiev|Metropolitan of Kiev]]|
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years=988 to 991|
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after=Leontii I}}
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{{end box}}
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[[Category:Bishops]]
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[[Category:Patriarchs of Moscow]]
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[[Category:Russian Saints]]
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[[Category:Saints]]
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