Russia Religion Subjects Orthodox Saint St Florus and St Laurus (The Miracle of the Archangel Michael)

St Florus and St Laurus (The Miracle of the Archangel Michael)

St Florus and St Laurus were twin brothers who were martyred in the Balkans in the second century. In their final prayers before being put to death, they allegedly promised to multiply and protect the stock of all those who brought their first-born child to be baptised in the church which they had built.

St Florus and St Laurus were worshipped in the Byzantine Empire as holy healers and in Russia as the patron saints of horses. The Russian Orthodox Church commemorates the two brothers on 18/31 August, when horses were traditionally decorated with garlands of flowers and even blessed in special church services held in their honour.

St Florus and St Laurus were revered by the common people from the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century, particularly in the northern domains of Novgorod. Icons depict the miracle of St Michael the Archangel, when the angel teaches the two brothers how to control horses and understand their language.

The traditional composition depicts the Archangel Michael handing the reins of horses to St Florus and St Laurus, while the three Cappadocian grooms Speusippus, Eleusippus and Meleusippus drive a herd out to pasture. In other versions, the twins are depicted on horseback, rather than standing on mounds. They hold crosses symbolising their martyrdom. The identical poses and physical appearances of the two brothers underline their blood and spiritual ties.

Random Articles

Jesus Christ
Christ in the Dungeon (The Midnight Saviour)
Jesus Christ is generally depicted wearing a crown of thorns in the last hours of His life on earth. Although there are many different types, thematic variations and manners of execution, the face of Christ is almost always
Palace
Sheremetev Palace
Peter the Great awarded a plot of land for a country residence on the bank of the Anonymous Creek to Count Boris Sheremetev (1712). A timber-frame house was built for his son Count Pyotr Sheremetev (mid-1710s) and replaced by a
Impressionist
Yakov Lysov
Painter. Born in the family of Ivan Lysov in Ivanovo-Voznesensk (1878?). Studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1910s). Died in Ivanovo (after 1939?). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1910s). Contributed to the exhibitions
Secular
Towel
The towel played an important role in national folk life and was a vital element in many traditional rites. A dowry often included dozens of towels; their quantity and quality indicated the bride’s financial position, talent
Constructivist
Isaac Rabinovich
Painter, theatrical and film-set designer, teacher. Born in Kiev to a Jewish painter of signboards called Moisei Rabinovich (1894). Studied at the Kiev School of Art (1906–12) and in the studios of Oleksandr Murashko (1912–15)