On September 30, 2018, a religious procession from the Church in Honour of the Vladimir Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Seven Keys in Ekaterinburg to the Monastery of the Royal Passion-Bearers in Ganina Yama took place. Despite the bad weather, the 6th annual procession united about 1,700 children and adults.
In the year marking the 100th anniversary of the death and martyrdom of the Tsar’s family, the children’s procession, which took place with the blessing of Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye, is timed to the beginning of the school year and is dedicated to the memory of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers.
Pupils of Sunday schools, their parents and teachers, cadets and representatives of youth organizations took part in the prayer procession which began with a Divine Liturgy in the Church on the Seven Keys. Parishioners came with their families – with children of different ages, including babies in prams to take part in the eight-kilometer journey.
In addition to residents of Ekaterinburg, children from other cities in the region took part: Krasnoufimsk, Berezovsky, Sredneuralsk, Polevsky, Kamensk-Uralsky and others.
The procession was led by children carrying banners, singing prayers and glorifications throughout the procession. They were accompanied by Cossacks of the Orenburg military Cossack society.
The harsh Ural weather did not dampen the spirits of the 1,700 people who took part in the procession, to unite and pray to the Lord God and the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers, asking for strengthening their faith and help in the upcoming school year.
A prayer service took place near the worship cross installed in Ganina Yama At the end of the service, Priest Andrei Schukin, Chairman of the Department of Religious Education and Catechism of the Ekaterinburg Diocese, addressed the children and their families with a parting word.
“Today we made this little feat even in the pouring rain,” Father Andrei said. “In our hearts, love for the holy Royal Passion-bearers does not fade, and the proof of this is the multiplicity of our religious procession.
Father Andrei noted that “the love for the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers, who loved their Fatherland, loved the Lord God, remains in our heart and performs its saving action.”
At the end of the moleben, participants in the procession were asked to eat porridge and warm themselves with hot sweet tea. The crusaders returned to the city on comfortable buses organized for the participants in the prayer procession.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 2 October 2018