Right Hand of Grand Duchess Elizabeth the New Martyr to Brought to St Petersburg Topic: Elizabeth Feodorovna GD
Saint Elizabeth the New Martyr
This article was originally published on the Pravoslavie.ru web page on 20 April 2017
A reliquary with the right hand of the venerable Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna will be brought to St. Petersburg from May 5 to 11, from the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russian Synodal Cathedral “Of the Sign” in New York, reports the press service of the St. Petersburg Diocese.
The relic is being brought to mark the 100th anniversary of the tragic events surrounding the 1917 Russian revolution which eventually led to St. Elizabeth’s martyrdom, and that of millions more, including the Royal Family.
The sacred relic will remain at the Holy Trinity Cathedral of the St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra from May 5 to 9, and at the Cathedral of the Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God in memory of the 300th anniversary of the House of Romanov from May 9 to 11.
St. Elizabeth’s hand will be ceremoniously met on May 5 at 12:30 at the St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra. A Moleben will be served before the relic, sung by the diocesan youth choir, after which all desiring to may venerate the relic.
The reliquary is being brought to St. Petersburg with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of New York and Eastern America (ROCOR), and Metropolitan Barsanuphios of St. Petersburg and Ladoga. The men’s youth choir of the Eastern American Diocese of ROCOR will also be in St. Petersburg from May 4 to 15, and will take part in the service before the relics on May 5 and 7 at the St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra and on May 9 at the Feodorovsky Cathedral.
A monument to Holy Royal Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna will be established this summer in the Ural city of Alapaevsk. Progress on the creation of the monument received praise this week from Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye.
Ural sculptor Aleksandr Anatolevich Kokoteev, will begin work on the life-size brass monument in the next few weeks at the Ivan Dubrovin foundry. All work related to the manufacture and installation of the monument, is financed by JSC Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UMMC-Holding), with the support of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS).
The monument will be established on the square in front of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Alapaevsk, in June 2017
The 3.5 metre monument will be mounted on a 3.5 metre pedestal made from Masurovsky granite, and established on the square in front of the *Holy Trinity Cathedral in Alapaevsk. The cathedral is the venue for the annual Royal Days events, dedicated to the memory of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, and members of the Russian Imperial family, who were murdered by the Bolsheviks in July 1918.
The inauguration and consecration of the monument to the Holy Royal Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna will be held in June 2017.
* The Holy Trinity Cathedral in Alapaevsk has a close connection to the Holy Royal Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth . . .
It was here that the bodies of the victims of the Alapaevsk murders were brought by the White Army in October 1918: Grand Duchess Elizabeth, Nun Barbara (Yakovlev), Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich, HRH Prince Ioann Konstantinovich, HRH Prince Ioann Konstantinovich (the Younger), HRH Prince Igor Konstantinovich, Prince Vladimir Pavlovich Paley and Feodor Semenovich Remez, secretary of HRH Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich.
Their remains were then moved into to a crypt built on the south side of the altar of the Cathedral; the entrance was afterwards bricked off. The martyrs’ bodies remained there until July 14, 1919 when the decision was made to move the coffins from Alapaevsk as the Red Army had gone on the offensive. Today, there is an icon of the Holy New Martyrs Elizabeth and Barbara in the crypt; services of supplication are regularly held there.
The Holy Trinity Cathedral in Alapaevsk is one of the oldest churches of the Ekaterinburg diocese. It was built in 1702 on donations from parishioners, workers of the Novo-Alapaevsk factory.
The cathedral was closed during Soviet times; a mill and a bread factory were set up inside it. Restoration works began in 1991, however, a lack of funds prevents the completion of the restoration, which has been going on for more than twenty years. On 20 March 2006, the spire of the cathedral collapsed due to heavy winds. The spire is expected to be restored in time for the installation of the monument in June 2017.
In June 2016, I had the honour of visiting the Holy Trinity Cathedral during my visit to Alapaevsk. It was here that I was introduced to Father Evgeny, who shared with me his vast knowledge of the events during the years of 1918-1919, during which the history of Alapaevsk made this town known to the whole world.
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Prince Charles Visits Grave of Princess Alice of Greece in Jerusalem Topic: Elizabeth Feodorovna GD
Prince Charles makes historic trip to visit the grave of his paternal grandmother Princess Alice of Battenburg in Jerusalem
On Friday, September 30, 2016, concluding his visit to Israel for the funeral of Shimon Peres, Prince Charles of Wales visited Gethsemane Russian Orthodox Convent. Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky), Chief of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, greeted the royal guest at the gates of the convent and told him about the history and daily life of the monastery.
Fr Roman, standing on the courtyard of St Mary Magdalene Church, which overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem, showed Prince Charles the Church of the Resurrection of Christ and the other holy sites of the holy city. Abbess Elizabeth of Gethsemane Convent, standing in the doorway of the grand, royal church, welcomed the prince and offered him the traditional Russian bread and salt.
As the troparion to St Mary Magdalene was sung, Prince Charles approached the crypt of Holy Grand Duchess Elizabeth, upon which he laid a bouquet of flowers from the homeland of his grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece, who was a niece of the saint. The royal guest then lit candles at other holy relics of the church.
Prince Charles at the tomb of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna
Addressing His Royal Highness with warm words of welcome from the ambo, Fr Roman intoned Many Years to him and the Royal Family in English.
The Heir to the British Throne then spoke with the nuns of Gethsemane and the students of the Orthodox Bethany School for Girls (administered by Gethsemane Convent) as he emerged from the church, after which he headed for the crypt of Princess Alice. Archimandrite Roman then performed a brief litany of commemoration, after which Prince Charles laid down flowers upon the grave and lit a candle. He then viewed some old photographs that the convent had preserved over the years. Prince Charles then requested to remain alone in the crypt.
Honoring the memory of his grandmother and expressing his profound gratitude to Archimandrite Roman, Abbess Elizabeth and her nuns, Prince Charles then departed to the airport.
Personal Belongings of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna Presented in Ekaterinburg Topic: Elizabeth Feodorovna GD
On 18 December, a number of personal items belonging to Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna were presented to the Museum of the Holy Royal Martyrs in Ekaterinburg. The items, from the private collection of Nina Mikhailovna Moleva were originally brought to Ekaterinburg for the annual Tsar’s Days Festival in July 2014. Earlier this week, they were transferred for permanent storage in the Museum of the Holy Royal Martyrs, situated in the Patriarchal Compound adjacent to the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg.
Nina Moleva, who marked her 90th birthday on 5 December is a doctor of historical sciences, candidate of art history, professor, and member of the Union of Writers and Artists Union of Russia. She married the Russian avant-garde artist and art theorist Elia Belutin (now deceased). Avid collectors, their Moscow apartment holds a priceless collections of Russian and world works of art.
The personal items which once belonged to Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, had been preserved for decades by Nina Molev’s family. The items had been collected from the private chambers of Elizabeth Feodorovna, after the closure of the Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow. During Soviet times, the contents of the box were hidden from prying eyes, for it was forbidden to own such artefacts associated with the royal family, particularly during the Stalinist years.
Among the items are a blouse, belt and gloves worn by the Grand Duchess. Also in the collection is an icon of the Mother of God, which belonged to the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. "Nina has chosen our city, because Ekaterinburg has become the center of Orthodox Russia in the Urals!" - Said Archpriest Maxim Minyailo.
Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna (Princess Elizabeth of Hesse-Darmstadt) was born on November 1, 1864 in Darmstadt. In 1884 she married Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, brother of Emperor Alexander III, and adopted the Orthodox faith in 1891. After the murder of her husband by terrorists in February 1905, she devoted her life to charity. She founded the Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow and became its Abbess. In 1918 she was arrested and later murdered at Alapaevsk in the Urals. Her body, along with other members of the Russian Imperial family were dumped in a mine. Elisabeth was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in 1981, and in 1992 by the Moscow Patriarchate. The relics of the Grand Duchess are buried in the Church of Mary Magdalene in Jerusalem.
Remains of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna May be Included in Royal Family Inquiry Topic: Elizabeth Feodorovna GD
Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna 1864-1918
The following article was published today by the Interfax News Agency in Moscow. It supplements the previous articles published on September 23, 24 and 25. The text has been further edited and revised by Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia.
The Russian Investigative Committee does not rule out that samples of the remains of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna may be delivered from the Church of Mary Magdalene in Jerusalem to Moscow for a new examination within the royal family inquiry but a final decision has yet to be made.
"We are holding negotiations with the Russian Orthodox Church. This is a very complicated matter: international relations and the delivery from a foreign country. A final decision has yet to be made," senior investigator of the Russian Investigative Committee main criminal investigation department Vladimir Solovyov told Interfax.
The future Grand Duchess Elizabeth, one of British Queen Victoria's favourite granddaughters, was born in Germany and spent her early years in England. She was a sister of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and a daughter of Ludwig IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and Princess Alice of Great Britain. She was brought up in Christian spirit and compassion.
She was a Protestant, but during her pilgrimage to the Holy Land she adopted Orthodoxy and after her husband Moscow general-governor Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich had been assassinated by a terrorist in 1905, she founded the SS Martha and Mary Convent in 1909 where nuns combined prayer with active social ministry, helping the sick and wounded, especially during World War I. People called Grand Duchess Elizabeth the White Angel of Russia.
She refused to leave Russia during revolutionary days and was arrested in the spring of 1918 and martyred in Novay Selimskaya not far from Alapayevsk, in the Ekaterinburg Region. Elizabeth Feodorovna was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in 1981, and in 1992 by the Moscow Patriarchate as New Martyr Yelizaveta Fyodorovna.
Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna: Path to Holiness Topic: Elizabeth Feodorovna GD
The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota announces the third in its series of short-term pop-up exhibitions of historical photographs, images, and related objects. Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna: Path to Holiness will be on display in the Main Gallery between August 28 and 31, 2015.
Remembering the life and works of Grand Duchess Elizabeth (Romanov), the exhibition includes forty-seven photographs of the Grand Duchess and her family, as well as several contemporary photographs of the related memorial sites. Organized in 2014 in commemoration of the 150th anniversary since the birth of Grand Duchess Elizabeth, the exhibition is presented in partnership with the Russian Cultural Foundation, Washington, DC, and the Elisabethan-Sergius Educational Society, Moscow, Russia.
Grand Duchess Elizabeth Held Up As Role Model for Princess of Cambridge Topic: Elizabeth Feodorovna GD
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the baptism ceremony of two-month old Princess Charlotte of Cambridge points out to the example of the St. Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna (1864-1918).
"Amongst Princess Charlotte's own ancestors, now buried in the Holy Land, is a saint, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth, whose life was one of transparent beauty and death one of beautiful courage and service. In her life she forgave the man who killed her husband. At her cruel murder she continued to care for those suffering with her," Welby said at his homily during the baptism ceremony conducted in the royal residence in Sandringham, Queen Elizabeth II also attended the event.
According to the archbishop cited by his official website, "it is of such beauty that Jesus speaks when he talks of being great in the Kingdom of Heaven. Such beauty of character begins with baptism, and is established in the habits of following the Lord".
The future Grand Duchess Elizabeth (born Princess Elizabeth of Hesse and by Rhine), one of British Queen Victoria's favourite granddaughters, was born in Germany and spent her early years in England. She was a sister of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and a daughter of Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine. She was brought up in Christian spirit and compassion.
She was a Protestant, but during her pilgrimage to the Holy Land she adopted Orthodoxy and after her husband Grand Sergei Alexandrovich, who served as Governor-General of Moscowhad been killed by a terrorist, she founded the famous Sts Martha and Mary Convent in 1909 where nuns combined prayer with active social ministry, helping the sick and wounded, especially during World War I. People called Grand Duchess Elizabeth the White Angel of Russia.
She refused to leave Russia during revolutionary days and was arrested in spring of 1918 and martyred at the Nizhnaya Selimskaya mine not far from Alapayevsk, in the Ekaterinburg Region.
Livadia Hosts Forum on Legacy of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna Topic: Elizabeth Feodorovna GD
Scientists, clerics and activists from various parts of Russia as well as from Belarus, Ukraine and Israel gathered in the White Hall of Livadia Palace on May 28-29 to talk charity, spiritual and moral values as part of a crowded forum taking place near the city of Yalta.
The third annual forum Elizabethan Legacy Today: Crimea, was enthusiastically greeted by Crimean authorities. “The fact that this forum is taking place in Crimea is a landmark event for us, for our peninsula and for the whole of Russia,” Crimea head Sergey Aksyonov said.
“Compassion and charity are values that are at the base of our movement. They must be supported by every official and philanthropist, we all have to help people show respect and understanding to those that cannot help themselves. This unites and concentrates our nation,” he added.
Thirty-five organisations took part in the forum, including scientists, as well as members of the church and social activists who study the life of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia, who lived at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century and left behind a legacy of charity, philanthropy and Christian enlightenment.
The head of the charity fund which organizes the forum, Anna Gromova, said: “For us the reunification with Crimea is very important, not only the territorial one, but first and foremost, the historic one. Starting from the Baptism of Russia, and throughout our history... numerous threads connect our histories.”
Gromova slammed those who would deny those links exist: “These pages of history must not be rewritten. All around we are seeing the falsification of history, selective reading, which we especially felt in connection with the anniversary of the great victory [in World War II]. Our society is working on strengthening and preserving history and learning lessons from it.”
The forum was held in the Livadia Palace. Built in 1911, the palace served as a summer retreat for the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family. This was also the spot where the Yalta conference was held by the heads of the US, the UK and the USSR to discuss Europe's post-WWII course of action.
White Angel Exhibition Opens in Moscow Topic: Elizabeth Feodorovna GD
A new exhibition devoted to the history of the Martha and Mary Convent of Mercy and its founder - Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna opened earlier this week in Moscow.
The White Angel exhibition opened on March 5 at the State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia. The large-scale exhibition is a joint effort among some of Russia’s leading museums and archives, including the Moscow Kremlin Museums, State Historical Museum, State Tretyakov Gallery, State Maritime Academy Archive and others.
The exhibition features a unique collection of rare exhibits, original photos, documents and personal belongings of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, including objects from the tomb of her husband Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich. The organizers hope that visitors will not only learn about the life and fate of the Grand Duchess, but also plunge into the atmosphere of the era in which she lived.
Grand Duchess Elizabeth was the elder sister of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, and granddaughter of Queen Victoria. After the death of her spouse, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, who served as Moscow Governor-General, she completely dedicated herself to works of mercy and charity. In 1909, Elizabeth Feodorovna founded the Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow, where nuns assisted the city’s most destitute.
The Martha and Mary Convent has survived to this day, and continues the traditions established by the Grand Duchess. The convent has a number of social projects that are implemented in conjunction with the Russian Orthodox Church “Mercy” service. Among them: the Elizabeth orphanage for girls, Center family unit, group day care for disabled children, a summer camp for disabled children in Sevastopol, visiting a children's palliative care service, assistance service in ALS patients.
The White Angel exhibition is also being held in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna in 1864. The opening ceremony was attended by the Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Service Bishop Panteleimon, director of the Museum of Contemporary History of Russia Irina Velikanova, and Abbess of the Martha and Mary Convent Abbess Elisabeth (Pozdnyakov).
The White Angel exhibition will run until April 5, 2015, at the State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia in Moscow.
Monument to Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna Unveiled in Kazakhstan Topic: Elizabeth Feodorovna GD
A monument to the Venerable Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna Romanova was unveiled in the Almaty Diocese on November 3. The event is associated with the 150th anniversary of the saint's birth.
The “Orthodoxy in Kazakhstan” website has reported that the monument was constructed on the square in front of the only church in honor of the Holy Royal Martyrs in the village of Klyuchi (Karabulak) in the Talgar district of the Almaty region in Kazakhstan.
The monument represents a slightly altered copy of the monument to the Venerable Martyr Elizabeth at the St. Martha-Mary Convent in Moscow. It was made of bronze by the “Versal” company in Kazakhstan. Construction lasted for two years.
The church in honor of the Holy Royal Martyrs in the village of Klyuchi is a smaller version of the church in honor of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos in the city of Oreanda in the Republic of Crimea, which is connected with the misfortunes of the Royal House of the Romanovs. The Holy Righteous John of Kronstadt served in the Protection Church in Oreanda, in which the Venerable Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna prepared and received Holy Communion.