Grand Duchess Elizabeth’s Relics to Visit
All Russian Parishes in Great Britain
Cathedral of the Dormition and All Saints, London, England
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Part of the relics of the righteous martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth and Barbara arrived from Jerusalem at the Cathedral of the Dormition and All Saints in London, England on Saturday, 27 June.
After receiving the holy relics, hierarchs of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Church Abroad headed by Archbishop Mark of Berlin, German and Great Britain, who brought the relics, celebrated the Divine Liturgy and a prayer service to the Holy Martyr in the Cathedral.
The relics will stay in Britain until the Feast of Dormition and visit all Russian parishes of the country, clerics of the ROCOR Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland have told Interfax-Religion.
Grand Duchess Elizabeth, one of British Queen Victoria’s favorite granddaughters, was born in Germany and spent her early years in England. Thus, participants in the celebrations believe it important that Archbishop Mark bring her relics to Great Britain through Germany.
After the Divine service, Archbishop Mark said that besides relics, they brought soil from Darmstadt, where the Grand Duchess was born, and from Alapayevsk, where she was martyred, and it proves that many countries of the world practice one Orthodox faith.
The Moscow Patriarchate representative in Britain Bishop Elisey of Sourozh reminded that Grand Duchess Elizabeth, an English-German princess by origin, later became a Russian Orthodox saint.