New Memorials to Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna

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Memorial plaque to Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna in Darmstadt
Photo © Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society

No less than four memorials were established in Russia and Germany on 1st November – the day marking the birth of *Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna. *Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, was born in Darmstadt in 1864.

Two monuments were established on the grounds of the Church of the Holy Martyr Elizabeth in Pokrovsky-Streshneve, situated near Moscow.

A Divine Liturgy was performed by Metropolitan of Ryazan and Mikhailovsky Mark, followed by a procession by members of the clergy and parishioners of the church, at which the monuments to Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, were consecrated. 

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In the first sculpture (above), Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna appears as a young woman who seems to take a step towards the entrance to the church, having made her choice on the path of holiness, mercy and love for her neighbour.

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The second sculpture (above) is located behind the altar of the church – the Holy Martyr Elisabeth Feodorovna sits on a bench in the attire of the abbess of the monastery.

The sculptures were made by the sculptors of the LIK workshop under the direction of  Alexander Ivanovich Lokhtachev from the city of Zlatoust.

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On the same day a memorial stone (above) was installed on the grounds of the Holy Elisabeth Convent (below) in the city of Alapayevsk, near Ekaterinburg. 

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The preparatory work for the construction of the church began in spring 2011, and in the autumn of 2013, the area was cleared. However, it was not until April 2015 that construction of the church began on the territory of the convent in the name of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna . The church was consecrated on 15th July 2018 by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

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On 1st November 2018,  at the initiative of the *Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS), the grand opening of the Memorial plaque dedicated to the Holy Martyr Elizabeth, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, took place in Darmstadt, Germany.

*From 1905-1917, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna served as the second President of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society. Her husband Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich was a founding member, and served as the first President of the IOPS from 1889 until his assassination in February 1905.

The opening ceremony was preceded by a Divine Liturgy at the Church of St Mary Magdalene. Present at the service were Abbess Elizabeth, Abbess of St Mary Magdalene in Gethsemane – where the relics of the Holy  Martyr, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna  and Abbess Maria repose – and Abbess of St Elisabeth Convent in Buhendorfe, the only female Orthodox convent of the German Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. 

Chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society, Sergei Stepashin, reminded those present that the year 2018 was declared the Year of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna by the decision of the Council of the IOPS . This year, the world remembers the mournful date – the 100th anniversary of the martyr’s death of members of the Imperial family and the Alapaevsk martyrs. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 5 November 2018