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[[Image: Vladimir_of_KievVladimir of Kiev.jpg|right|thumb|200px|[[St. Vladimir, Grand Prince of Kiev]]]][[Image:Храм святого Владимира 5.jpg|right|thumb|The [[w:Chersonesus Cathedral|SaintVladimir Cathedral]] in [[w:Chersonesus Taurica|Chersonesus]], 19th century, commemorating the presumed place of St. Vladimir's baptism, (1850 -).]]The holy and right-believing '''Vladimir (Svyatoslavich), Baptizer of RussiaKievan Rus' ''' (958-1015) was the Grand Prince of Kievwhen Orthodoxy was introduced into present day Russia and Ukraine. He is also the grandson of [[Olga of Kiev|St. Olga]], and the father of Sts. [[Boris and Gleb]] the [[Passion-bearer|Passion-Bearers]] (and the first saints of the Russian lands). He is commemorated by the Church on [[July 15]].
==Life==
St. Vladimir was a devout pagan in his early life. He was a great conqueror who had many wives and erected many pagan statues in the lands that he ruled over.
Upon finding out that other faiths existed beyond his own paganism, he decided to send his envoys out into the world to find out what was true faith on earth.
His envoys met with Muslims, but felt that there was no joy among them, and that their faith was very mechanical. The envoys also met with Jews and Catholics, but were still unimpressed.
Everything changed, however, when the envoys arrived in [[Constantinople]]. Upon attending [[Divine Liturgy]] in [[Hagia Sophia (Constantinople)|Hagia Sophia]], the envoys said, "We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth."
Taking the word of his envoys, St. Vladimir had himself and his nation [[baptism|baptized]] into the [[Orthodox Church]].[[Image:Vasnetsov Bapt Vladimir.jpg|right|thumb|200px|Baptism of St Vladimir, Grand Prince of Kiev]]St. Vladimir changed completely after his baptism. He destroyed all the pagan statues that stood in Kievan Rus', and replaced them with churches. He also attempted to live in peace as much as possible with his neighbors and had only one wife.== Early Life Hymns==St. [[Troparion]] (Tone 4):Holy Prince Vladimir was ,:you were like a devout pagan merchant in his early lifesearch of fine pearls. :By sending servants to Constantinople for the Orthodox Faith, you found Christ, the priceless pearl.:He was a great conquerorappointed you to be another Paul, who had many wives:washing away in baptism your physical and spiritual blindness.:We celebrate your memory, :asking you to pray for all Orthodox Christians and erected many pagan statues for us, your spiritual children.[[Kontakion]] (Tone 8):Most glorious Vladimir, in your old age you imitated the lands that great apostle Paul::he ruled overabandoned childish things, while you forsook the idolatry of your youth.:Together with him you reached the fullness of divine wisdom::You were adorned with the purity of holy baptism.:Now as you stand before Christ our Savior, pray that all Orthodox Christians may be saved.
== Discovering Orthodoxy External links==Upon finding out that other faiths existed beyond his own paganism*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsLife.asp?FSID=102031 Holy Equal of the Apostles Great Prince Vladimir, in Holy Baptism Basil, he decided to send his envoys out into the world to find out what was true faith on earthEnlightener of the Russian Land] - [[OCA]] website.*[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/v/ynk14.htm Icon of Vladimir of Kiev]
His envoys met with Muslims, but felt that there was no joy among them, and that their faith was very mechanical. The envoys also met with Jews and Catholics, but were still unimpressed.
Everything, however, changed when St. Vladimir’s envoys arrived in [[Constantinople]]. Upon attending[[ Divine Liturgy]] in the [[ Hagia Sophia]], the envoys said “We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth"
Taking the word {{start box}} {{succession| before=Yaropolk I| title=Prince of his envoys, St. Vladimir had himself Kiev and his nation baptized [[Orthodox]].Novgorod| years=987-1015| after=Svyatopolk I}}{{end box}}
== After St. Vladimir’s Conversion ==St. Vladimir changed completely after his baptism. He destroyed all the pagan statues that stood in Russia, and replaced them with Churches. He also attempted to live in peace as much as possible with his neighbors, and had only one wife. == Notes ==St. Vladimir is also the grandson of St. Olga, and the father of St. Boris and St. Gleb the Passion-Bearers. [[Category:Emperors and KingsRulers]]
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