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    ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS REMEMBER ST. DANIEL, PRINCE OF MOSCOW

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    MOSCOW, March 17, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - On March 17, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the 701st anniversary of the death of St. Daniel, Prince of Moscow. St. Daniel helped unify Russia and he founded Moscow's oldest monastery, the St. Daniel monastery. In the Orthodox Church, the date of a person's death is the date that their life is traditionally remembered.

    Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and All Russia led a service at the Trinity Cathedral in the St. Daniel monastery.

    Historical data and church traditions indicate that the benevolent and meek St. Daniel (1261-1303), the younger son of Alexander Nevsky (who defeated Swedish and Teutonic invaders), tried to avoid settling fratricidal conflicts by force. St. Daniel turned Moscow, which was a small town, into one of the growing Russian state's main centers.

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