Schedule of Events for Tsar’s Days in Ekaterinburg

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The Ekaterinburg Diocese have confirmed the schedule of main events for the 2018 Tsar’s Days. Culminating traditionally will be the events of July 16 and 17. It is during these days which a number of distinguished guests will arrive in the Urals capital. Among these are His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, who is expected to deliver the Divine Liturgy on the night of 16/17 July. Other possible high ranking attendees include the Head of the Russian Imperial Family HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On July 16, a day-long religious procession will be held on the Ekaterinburg Path of Sorrow – in commemoration of the arrival of Holy Royal Passion-Bearers in Ekaterinburg – from Shartash station (Kuibyshev St., 173) to the Church on the Blood. The procession begins at 13:00.

Then, at 15:00 in the lower church of the Church on the Blood, small vespers with an akathist to the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers will be held.

At 16:30 on the court in front of the Church on the Blood Blood, an all-night vigil will be held.

At 23:30 the main service of the Tsar’s Days will begin – the evening Divine Liturgy on the site of the Church on the Blood. 

On July 17, following the evening Divine Liturgy, a 21-km procession will begin at 02:30 from the Church on the Blood, to the Monastery of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers at Ganina Yama. Upon arrival at Ganina Yama, a prayer will be offered to the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers. 

On July 18,  at 02:00, a Divine Liturgy will be held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Alapaevsk and at 04:00 – a prayer service will be held at the mine on the site of the murders of other members of the Russian Imperial family: Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, the nun Varvara and Grand Duke Sergey Mikhailovich, Princes Ioann, Konstantin, and Igor Konstantinovich and Prince Vladimir Pavlovich Paley. 

At 05:00, after the Liturgy, the procession starts from the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Alapaevsk to the Outdoor School and then to the Holy New Martyrs Monastery, where a  a Divine Liturgy will be held at 05:30.  

Tsar’s Days will be marked by more than 50 events from July 12 to July 20, including the XVII Festival of Orthodox Culture, a bell ringing festival “The Gospel, the Ural Land!”, concerts, exhibits, and conferences. 

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© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 4 June 2018

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