The press service of the Ekaterinburg Diocese have confirmed that His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will arrive in the Ural capital on 13th July, to participate in commemorative events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the death and martyrdom of Emperor Nicholas II and his family. The press service added that the head of the ROC will bring to the city the relics of the Holy New Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna from the Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow.
The reliquary will be solemnly met at 17:00 in the Church on the Blood, followed by an all-night vigil.
Then, as expected, Patriarch Kirill will take part in the main events of the Tsar’s Days in Ekaterinburg on 16th and 17th July. On 16th July he will attend the Divine Liturgy in the side-chapel of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers of the Church on the Blood. On the same day at 13:00, he will participate in a procession along the Ekaterinburg Path of Sorrows (which marks the route of the Royal Passion-Bearers in Ekaterinburg) – from Shartash Station to the Church on the Blood. At 15:00 he will participate in a small vespers with an akathist to the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers. At 16:30 an all-night vigil will begin in the courtyard in front of the Church on the Blood, in which His Holiness will attend.
At 23:30 Patriarch Kirill will lead the main service of the Tsar’s Days – the night Divine Liturgy on the site near the Church on the Blood. The Divine Liturgy will end in the early hours of 17th July, after which, at 02:30 the 21 km royal procession from the Church on the Blood to the Monastery of the Royal Passion-Bearers at Ganina Yama will commence. Upon the arrival of the procession at Ganima Yama, a prayer will be offered to the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers.
The Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna took a martyr’s death along with the nun Varvara and representatives of the House of Romanov in Alapaevsk on 18th July, 1918. In this regard, according to the program of the Imperial Days on 18th July, at 02:00, a Divine Liturgy will be performed at the Holy Trinity Bishop’s Compound in Alapaevsk and at 04:00 – a moleben at the mine, where they were murdered. His Holiness will take part in these events, and will perform the act of consecration of the Church of the Holy Royal Passion-bearers.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 22 June 2018