Passion bearer

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Russian icon of the Passion-bearers, Saints Boris and Gleb (mid 14th century, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow).

In Orthodox Christianity, a passion bearer (Russian: страстотéрпец, tr. strastoterpets; IPA: [strəstɐˈtʲɛrpʲɪts]) is one of the various customary titles for saints used in commemoration at divine services when remembering saints on the Church Calendar.[1]

A passion-bearer is a person who faces his or her death in a Christ-like manner. Unlike martyrs, passion-bearers are not explicitly killed for their faith, though they hold to that faith with piety and true love of God. Thus all martyrs are passion bearers, but not all passion bearers are martyrs.

Notable passion bearers include the brothers Boris and Gleb, and the entire Imperial Family of Russia who were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.