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