St Theognostus, Metropolitan of Kiev.

Commemorated March 14 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

A Greek bv birth and the successor of St Peter of Kiev, he suffered greatly from the Mongol hordes from Dzinibek, being slanderously denounced to the Mongol ruler by his own Russian people for paying no tribute to the ruler for his position. When the ruler summoned him and questioned him about this, he replied: 'Christ our God bought His Church from the unbelievers with His precious Blood. For what do we now pay tribute to unbelievers?' At last he managed somehow to free himself and return home. He governed the Church for twentv-five years and entered into rest in the Lord in 1353.

From The Prologue From Ochrid by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
©1985 Lazarica Press, Birmingham UK

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