Ekaterinburg Preparing for Large-Scale Events Marking Centenary of Tsarist Family Martyrdom


The Church on the Blood, built on the site of the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg

This article was originally published by Pravoslavie.ru on 31 January 2018

A meeting of the organizing committee for carrying out the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Tsar Nicholas II and his holy family was recently held under the chairmanship of the First Deputy Head of the Ekaterinburg city administration. More than 70 events between February and December are planned to commemorate this great crime that took place in Ekaterinburg and which has become one of the Russian Church’s most beloved celebrations, reports the official site of the Ekaterinburg city administration.

The meeting gathered the heads of municipal structural departments, law enforcement agencies, and the Ekaterinburg Diocese to discuss the plan of action for preparing the many large-scale celebrations in honor of the Royal Martyrs, including the organization of the cross procession in which 100,000 pilgrims from around the world are expected to participate.

City services will develop territories adjacent to event venues, as well as security measures and medical aid for participants in the celebrations. Municipal cultural institutions have prepared an extensive program of educational and cultural events for the memorial date, including lectures, concerts, exhibitions, excursions, and film screenings.

The local Ekaterinburg Diocese has proposed to deem the entirety of 2018 as the “Royal” or “Imperial” Year. The main event of the year will be the Church celebration of the Royal Martyrs on July 16 and 17, including the massive procession that takes place every year in their honor.

Another major development in honor of the centenary is the development of an All-Russian pilgrimage route that will pass through Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kirov, Perm, and Tobolsk, also bringing travelers to the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg, built over the spot of the Ipatiev House, where the family was martyred.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia intends to visit Ekaterinburg for the celebrations this year. The British royal family, which is blood-related to the Russian royal family, has also been invited to join in the celebrations.