Topic: Russian Imperial House
HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna wearing the Order of Saint Sergius of Radonezh Ist Class Photo
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On 19th December, 2014, on the feast day of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill performed the rite of Divine Blessing of the restored Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin in Sokolniki, in Moscow.
After the Divine Liturgy in the newly consecrated church, His Holiness presented the Head of the Russian Imperial House, HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna with the Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh Ist Class - the Church’s highest award - in recognition of her many years of work for the good of the Church and also in connection with her 60th birthday.
Her Imperial Highness noted the following in a statement issued on 23rd December, 2014:
“I was especially moved that Your Holiness chose to present the insignia of the Order to me in this year, when we celebrate the 700th anniversary of the birth of this great Abbot of the Russian Land. My Imperial ancestors, as, indeed, all our people, have always deeply revered St. Sergius, and have turned to him in prayer both in good times and in bad. In fact, one of the vitae of this great Russian saint issued from the pen of my ancestor, Empress Catherine II the Great. And for me and my son and heir, Grand Duke George of Russia, St. Sergius has been one of our most important heavenly patrons, and we feel a constant, living connection to him.
“The insignia of the Order of St Sergius, which you have awarded me, represent for me a very dear blessing and symbolize the on-going cooperation that exists between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Imperial House.”
The Head of the Russian Imperial House, HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, visited Moscow 16-20 December, 2014 at the invitation of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill.
The Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh was established in 1988, it is the Russian Orthodox Church's highest award
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© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia and Russian Imperial House. 06 January, 2015