Many nations adopted their country denote epithets.For the Japanese - is the country of the Rising Sun, for the British - the good old England, the eternal city - Rome, while in Russia - Saint.
By origin Russian word "holy" is related to the word "light" and is set as the light, peace, something white and clean.The word Rus( Brown) as close in meaning to the word "light".Muscovy called "White Russia", with the inclusion of the Duchy of Lithuania, then the definition of a "belorustsy" was adopted.The concept of White Russia to 1654 - officially secured the title of Russian tsars.
Giving religious sanctity Russia, appeared in the XVI century.when Elder Filofei, in his message to Tsar Vasily III of the Third Rome, wrote:
He in this appeal reminded that after the fall of the first and second Rome only Russian church remains the guardian of the true Christian faith, and Russia must comply with the highsaint naming.
19 October 2016