Why Prince Vladimir Equal to the Apostles adopted Christianity
Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir- the son of Svyatoslav and the Drevlyana princess Malusha. He was born in 963, raised by his mother's brother, a pagan. In 972 he became the ruler of Novgorod. In 980, Vladimir defeated Yaropolk's brother and began to rule in Kiev.
The conquests of the prince include Galicia and the limits down to the Baltic Sea; he had several wives and concubines, installed idols on the Kiev mountains, brought them human sacrifices. At that time, the Varangians Fyodor and John died for their faith in Christ. This incident made a great impression on the heathen, leading him to doubt about the truth of the pagan faith.
Prince Vladimir equal to the apostles invited guests of different faiths to him. Bulgarians, Muslims, Jews, Germans-Latins came to him ... Each of them offered his religion. Then the ruler sent his close faithful people to different countries.
The greatest impressions of scholars received from Orthodox worship in Constantinople. The singing of the choristers, the solemnity of the service struck the heart of the messengers. In addition, they reminded their master that, apparently, it was not for nothing that his grandmother Olga accepted this faith in due time. Then the saint made the decision to be baptized into Orthodoxy, but did not want to obey the Greeks.
Equal to the apostles Prince Vladimir went to war on Chersonese and won. After that, he sent his ambassadors to Constantinople to the emperors Vasily and Konstantin, asking for the hand of their sister Anna. The emperors answered that they could marry a sister only to a Christian. Vladimir agreed to adopt Christianity, but before his bride arrived in Chersonesos, he was struck by blindness.
This state helped him to spiritually exalt and change his outlook. The princess advised her future husband to hurry with the adoption of a new faith, he heeded her advice. When, after baptism, he left the font, his sight returned to him, which again testified to the right choice of religion.
Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimirreturned with the priests and his wife in Kiev.There he offered his sons to become Christians, they agreed. Then he betrayed the reproach of pagan idols and gathered the people to a water source for baptism into Orthodoxy. People did not resist. At the place of adoption of the new faith, they came with babies in their arms and were baptized by Christian priests. The Christian ruler was happy; he prayed for his people to God. The spread of the faith of Equal-to-the-Apostles continued in the Suzdal region and in Rostov. Suzdal were willing to be baptized, but in Rostov paganism for a long time took advantage.