Head of the House of Romanov Establishes
the Imperial Order of St. Anastasia
The Head of the House of Romanov has established for women the Imperial Order of St. Anastasia in Honor of the First Tsaritsa of the Romanov Family, Anastasia Romanovna
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On 20 August 2010, the Head of the Russian Imperial House, H.I.H. Grand Duchess Maria Wladimirovna, established the Imperial Order of the Holy Great Martyr Anastasia for women, and approved its Statute.
The Order was established in honor of the Holy Great Martyr Anastasia, the "Alleviatrix of Captives," who was executed for her Christian faith in the year 304 during the persecutions of the Emperor Diocletian, and in memory of her namesake, the first tsaritsa of the Romanoff family, Anastasia Romanovna (1530 - Moscow, 7/20 August 1560), the life and fate of whom foreshadowed, by Divine Providence, the royal service of Tsar Mikhail I Fedorovich and his descendants.
The daughter of okol'nichii [the second highest court rank in medieval Russia-trans]. Roman Iur'evich Zkhar'in-Iur'ev and his wife, Uliana Feodorovna, Anastasia Romanovna married Tsar Ivan IV on 3/16 February 1547. Her marriage had been foretold by St. Gennadii of Kostroma. The marriage was performed by Metropolitan Makarii of Moscow. Tsaritsa Anastasia exerted a positive influence on Ivan IV and benefited from the warm love and deep respect he had for her. Their first son, Tsarevich Dmitrii, died during a pilgrimage to the Ferapontov Monastery in 1553. In 1554, Tsaritsa Anastasia gave birth to Tsarevich Ivan, who later became the victim of an angry outburst by his father (dying in 1581). On 31 May/13 June 1557, Anastasia Romanovna gave birth to the future saint, Tsar Feodor I Ivanovich. In spite of her gentle disposition and intercessions for those in disgrace, the tsaritsa met with hatred and hostility from those in the high positions at the court, who were jealous and envious of the trust and influence she enjoyed with the tsar. Anastasia Romanovna fell suddenly ill in Mozhaisk in the autumn of 1559, and after an extended illness, died in Moscow on 7/20 August 1560. There is good reason to believe that she may have been poisoned. The tsaritsa was buried in the Voznesenskii Monastery in the Moscow Kremlin. After its destruction in 1929, the remains of Tsaritsa Anastasia were transferred to the basement of the Cathedral of Archangel Michael in the Moscow Kremlin.
The creation of the Order of the Holy Great Martyr Anastasia marks the 450-th anniversary of the blessed repose of Tsaritsa Anastasia and anticipates the approaching 400-th anniversary of the election by the Assembly of the Land of 1613 of the House of Romanoff to the Russian throne.
The Order of the Holy Great Martyr Anastasia unites the faithful daughters of the Fatherland who have distinguished themselves in the areas of charity, culture, medicine, education, science, and other endeavors useful to the nation and society, and who now continue their noble deeds under the patronage of the Head of the Russian Imperial House.
the Holy Great Martyr Anastasia
The establishment of the Order of St. Anastasia marks the 450-th anniversary of the blessed repose of the Righteous Tsaritsa Anastasia Romanovna (2010) and the coming 400-th anniversary of the Royal and Imperial House of Romanoff (2013).
Imperial Order of the Holy Great Martyr Anastasia
The Cross is surmounted by an Imperial crown.
On the reverse side of the device, on the upper reach of the cross is placed the monogram of the Most August Founder of the Order, the Head of the Russian Imperial House, H.I.H. Grand Duchess Maria Wladimirovna. In the center, on the medallion, appears the motto of the Order, "Faith, Hope, Love." On the lower reach of the cross is inscribed the number of the device, which corresponds with the number that appears on the Official Diploma issued by Her Imperial Highness.
The device is fastened with a pin and is worn on a ribbon, tied into a bow, 45 mm. in width.
Source: The Russian Imperial House