The UnCovering of the Relics of Sainted Alexei, Metropolitan of Moscow and All Rus'
Commemorated on May 20
The UnCovering of
the Relics of Sainted Alexei, Metropolitan of Moscow and All Rus': Before
his blessed end in 1378 Saint Alexei, Metropolitan of Moscow, gave final
instructions to place his body in the Chudov monastery at the Kremlin and
directed the place of burial outside the altar of the church, not wishing in
his humility, to be buried in the temple. But the pious GreatPrince Dimitrii
Ivanovich Donskoy (1363-1389), deeply esteeming the great Hierarch, gave orders
to place the body of Metropolitan Alexei inside the church, near the altar.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.