ROC Issues Statement on Recognition of Ekaterinburg Remains


Members of the ROC participate in the new investigation of the Ekaterinburg remains in 2015

On 5th January, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk (the chairman of the Department of External Church Relations and a permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Moscow) issued a statement regarding the Russian Orthodox Church’s (ROC) position on the authenticity of the remains of Nicholas II and his family discovered in Porosenkov Meadow near Ekaterinburg. He made the statement during an interview on the telecast “Church and the World” on the TV channel “Russia 24”.

“We will make a decision only when neither the hierarchy, nor the clergy, nor the church people have any doubts that these are really the remains of the Imperial family,” said Metropolitan Hilarion. “Only such recognition will enable them to be solemnly reburied and revered as holy relics,” he added. 

It is important to note that the ROC had not been invited to take part in the examinations conducted by Western experts in the 1990s. Not only did the church not agree with the findings, the ROC still had many unanswered questions, which the original team of scientists failed to answer. See The Investigation into the Deaths of the Russian Royal Family and Persons of Their Entourage by Archpriest Oleg Mitrov, published in Sovereign No. 2, Spring 2016 (pg. 7-29).

Metropolitan Hilarion explained that for the Church, “the canonization of the Imperial family attaches particular importance to the investigation: if the remains are recognized as authentic, they become the relics of saints recognized by the Church, which is why the Church is so careful and cautious in this matter,” explained Metropolitan Hilarion,”

The Ekaterinburg remains were identified with maximum scientific certainty as those belonging to Nicholas II, members of his family, and four retainers at least twice. In the mid-2000s, a presentation of genetic studies was carried out in Ekaterinburg, which carried out DNA molecular analysis, which showed the absolute affiliation of samples to the genetic profile of the Romanov dynasty, including those living today. 

In the summer of 2018, on the eve of the centenary marking the murders, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation issued a statement with similar results, that the remains of the last Russian emperor Nicholas II and members of his family, found in Porosenkov Meadow, near Ekaterinburg, were authentic.

Nevertheless, the thesis put forward by Metropolitan Hilarion during his interview, was also formulated by the Holy Synod at a meeting held in Ekaterinburg in the summer of 2018. Apparently, members of the committee expressed doubts regarding the examinations.

Sadly, the matter remains unresolved, and the world continues to wait for the day when the Imperial family will be reunited and left to rest in peace, and closing the book on one of the darkest pages in Russian history.

Click HERE to read my article The Fate of the Ekaterinburg Remains, published on 4th January 2017.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 6 January 2019

Consecration of the Imperial Room in Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg

On 12th December 2018, Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhotursk performed the rite of Great Consecration of the renovated side-chapel in the name of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers of the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg. His Eminence was served by the hierarchs of the Ekaterinburg Metropolis: Bishop Method Kamensky and Alapaevsky, Bishop Evgeny of Nizhny Tagil and Nevyansky, and Bishop Serov and Krasnoturyinsky Alexy.


At the end of the service, Metropolitan Kirill recalled in his archpastoral talk that the year 2018 – the Imperial or Royal Year – the year marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths and martyrdom of the Imperial family, was widely celebrated in the Ural city. He recalled that on the night 16/17 July, an estimated 100,000 people participated in the Divine Liturgy at the Church on the Blood and the subsequent cross procession, both of which were headed by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. According to the ruling bishop, it was truly a “nationwide prayer celebration.”


And completing this year, the consecration of the renewed side-altar in the name of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers was performed in the Church on the Blood.

Metropolitan Kirill noted that a Divine Liturgy is performed once a week, on the night of Tuesday/Wednesday, in memory of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers, whose murder occurred on the night of Tuesday/Wednesday 16/17 July 1918. In addition, once a month, on the night of the 16/17, a night liturgy is also celebrated. Metropolitan Kirill reached out to Orthodox Christians asking them to attend the night service and pray to the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers.


–  Here you have this feeling – a special reverence for the Royal Family and our martyrs, the new confessors of the Russian Church, one which will enter the soul, even if the soul is cold. All this love and achievement will melt away any callousness and any coldness. And the more we pray, the more we pay attention to the memory of the Holy Royal Martyrs, to their feat – the feat of meekness, humility, purity, the feat of absolute love for their God and for their homeland, until then our country will stand, and no evil power will be able to disturb her. Therefore, today we especially thank God for the feat of our Regal martyrs, our holy martyrs, all those who have defended our Homeland and our Church, and thanks to whom we today live on this earth,” Metropolitan Kirill said.


The ruling bishop also thanked the senior priest of the Church on the Blood, Archpriest Maxim Minyaylo, for his work in this church, and also thanked Abbess Domnik (Korobeinikova) and the sisters of the Novo-Tikhvinsky Convent, who “very strongly and powerfully helped create this chapel.”


The altar of the Imperial Room is situated in the lower church, sanctified in honor of the Holy Royal Martyrs. It was established on the site of the room located in the basement of the Ipatiev House, where Emperor Nicholas II, his family, and four retainers were all brutally murdered on the night of 16/17 July 1918. In the summer of 2018, with the blessing of Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye, the altar of the Imperial Chapel of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers – the so-called Royal Room – was redesigned and decorated for the Tsar’s Days held in Ekaterinburg. The interior of the room has completely changed: like the Cuvuclia in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

The central place is occupied by a  unique mosaic panel. in the central part of the altar, depicting the Holy Royal Martyrs and their loyal subjects: Emperor Nicholas Alexandrovich, the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsesarevich Alexei, Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, St. Eugene Botkin, Alexei Trupp, Ivan Kharitonov and Anna Demidova. The mosaic reflects the position of the Royal Passion-Bearers at the time of their martyr’s death: standing with their backs to the east, facing west, as is now depicted in the altar.

Click HERE to read my article Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg Opens Imperial Room, published on 20th June 2018, includes 11 colour photos and video

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 20 December 2018

The Romanov Royal Martyrs – Part II – The Execution of the Romanovs


St. John the Forerunner Monastery of Mesa Potamos presents The Romanov Royal Martyrs. The Execution of the Romanovs – Part II

Completing our last homage to the Romanov Centennial, we now publish the second and last part of “The Martyrdom”, covering the tragedy in Koptyaki forest. Read the video’s description on YouTube for a full summary of this last tragic, but spiritually glorious chapter.

The Execution of the Romanovs | Part II – Summary

17 July 1918
Around 3.00 am, in the morning of July 17, Yurovsky with his men and Ermakov headed for Koptyaki forest, where a mineshaft was prepared for the disposal of the bodies. When they reached the forest and started unloading the bodies, Ermakov’s men started to ransack the pockets of the victims. Yurovsky threatened he would shoot anyone who stole anything from the bodies.

Yurovsky undressed the bodies and removed all the valuables that were found on them. He then burned the clothes. The men lowered the bodies into the mineshaft, which turned out to be very shallow. They decided to use explosives, so that the inner walls would break and cover up the bodies. It was already daylight. This didn’t work and Yurovsky decided that the bodies should be transferred to another place the following night. He then returned to Ekaterinburg to report to the Soviet.

18 July 1918
Yurovsky returned to the mineshaft around 4:00 am. By morning they had exhumed the bodies from the shaft with the intention of transferring them to a deeper mineshaft. [On the way, the automobile carrying the bodies broke down. The bodies were put on wagons and Yurovsky returned to the town on horseback to bring new automobiles.]* He returned to the forest at 21.30 pm with two trucks. The bodies were loaded on the trucks and headed for the mineshafts. It was after midnight.

19 July 1918
The trucks got stuck again in a swamp. [Yurovsky decided to burn two of the bodies and bury the rest right there. Maria and Alexei were set on fire while a pit was being dug.]* The bodies were then thrown into the pit, smashed and chopped with shovels, and finally doused with sulfuric acid. The pit was covered up, cross ties were laid on top, and the truck drove over it several times to level it. [Near the spot were the bodies of Maria and Alexei were burned, another pit was dug and the remains of the two children were laid in there.]*

*The facts described in the brackets […] are not presented in the video. A full detail account of all the facts is presented in the forthcoming book “The Romanov Royal Martyrs”.

Click HERE to visit The Romanov Royal Martyrs web site.

© St. John the Forerunner Monastery of Mesa Potamos. 13 December 2018

The Romanov Royal Martyrs – Part I – The Martyrdom



St. John the Forerunner Monastery of Mesa Potamos presents The Romanov Royal Martyrs. The Martyrdom – Part I

This December marks the last month of the 1918-2018 Romanov Centennial. We are now paying our last homage to the murder of the Imperial Family on this historical anniversary, by producing a video in two parts with the depiction of their martyrdom.

The content of the videos is definitely not pleasant to watch. No, it is very sad, tragic, and frightening, but… it is the truth. It is for this tragic but most spiritually glorious martyrdom that the Orthodox Church has glorified them as Saints. Now, the Royal Martyrs pray for us to God by His throne.

The Martyrdom | Part I – Summary

Around 2.00 am on July 17th, Yakov Yurovsky, the commandant of the Ipatiev house, the “House of Special Purpose”, ordered the Romanovs’ physician, Dr. Eugene Botkin, to awaken the sleeping family and ask them to put on their clothes, under the pretext that they would be moved to a safe location due to impending chaos in Yekaterinburg. The Romanovs were then ordered into a semi-basement room. Alexei could not walk down the stairs, due to a recent injury, and Nicholas carried him in his arms. Two chairs were brought, on which Tsarevich Alexei and Alexandra sat. The prisoners were told to wait in the cellar room while the truck that would transport them was being brought to the house. A few minutes later, an execution squad was brought in and Yurovsky read aloud the order of the execution given to him by the Ural Executive Committee. The Imperial family, Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Tsarina Alexandra and their five children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei, as well as all those who chose to accompany them into imprisonment —notably Dr Eugene Botkin, Anna Demidova, Alexei Trupp and Ivan Kharitonov— were shot, bayoneted and clubbed to death. The massacre that took place was utterly brutal and lasted around 20 minutes,* before all victims were killed. *The murder in the video takes only a few seconds, but in reality it was a long and frightening procedure. It is described in all details in the forthcoming book “The Romanov Royal Martyrs”.

Click HERE to visit The Romanov Royal Martyrs web site.

© St. John the Forerunner Monastery of Mesa Potamos. 12 December 2018

Two New Memorials to Imperial Family Established in Russia & Ukraine


Black granite memorial to Nicholas II and his family in Pokrovskoye

On 17th November, a monument dedicated to the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his family, was established on the grounds of the Grigoriy Rasputin House Museum, in Pokrovskoye, situated in the Tyumen region of Siberia.

The Imperial family stopped in Pokrovskoye on their way from their exile in Tobolsk Ekaterinburg, where they were subsequently murdered by the Ural Soviet, on the night of 16/17 July 1918. “. . . We had to change horses in the village of Pokrovskoye, which meant standing for a right opposite Grigoriy [Rasputin’s] house, and we saw his whole family looking through the window . . . ,” Nicholas II wrote in his diary on 27th (O.S. 14th) April 1918.

The monument is a slab of black granite, split in two by a cross. On one half is a quote from the tsar’s diary, on the other, the prophecy of Grigoriy Rasputin: “They will come to Tobolsk and, before they die, they will see my native village.”

The initiator and organizer of the installation of the memorial is the founder and owner of the Grigoriy Rasputin House Museum Marina Smirnova.


The Grigoriy Rasputin House Museum in Pokrovskoye


Chapel dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Rasputin’s death in Pokrovskoye

“It is symbolic that the Imperial family stayed in Pokrovskoye, not just in front of the house of Grigoriy Rasputin, but at the very place where in 1914 an attempt was made on him, where his blood was shed,” she said.

In 2016, Marina Smirnova, using her own funds, installed a chapel on the site of the Grigoriy Rasputin House Museum, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Rasputin’s death on 30th (O.S. 17th) December 1916.

Today, Pokrovskoye is included in the program of the national tourist project “The Imperial Route”, which connects cities and villages of Russia related to the last days of Nicholas II and his family.


Memorial cross to Nicholas II and his family opposite the Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra

A memorial cross dedicated to Emperor Nicholas II and his family has been installed on the Kaminschik Mountain, opposite the Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra, situated in the town of Pochayiv, in Western Ukraine.

The memorial cross was consecrated on 8th November, by the priests of the Moscow Patriarchate.

“This cross was established by the faithful parishioners of of the Orthodox Church in honor of the 100th anniversary of the martyr’s death of the Holy Royal Martyrs and all the saints during the times of persecution from the godless power for the faith of Christ the slain. 1918-2018,” says the explanatory tablet to the cross.

In 2017, the official website of the Pochayiv Lavra called for the faithful to pray to the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers for the fate of Russia. Pilgrims held a cross procession from Kamianets-Podilskyi to the monastery, carrying with them a large icon of the Russian tsar Nicholas II.

One of the monks of the Monastery declared that the restoration of the Russian Orthodox monarchy is one of the most pressing issues of our time.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 20 November 2018


Monument to Four Faithful Subjects of Nicholas II to be Established in Ekaterinburg

A monument to four faithful subjects who followed Emperor Nicholas II and his family into exile in 1917, and later murdered by the Bolsheviks will be established on the grounds of the Novo-Tikhvinsky Convent in Ekaterinburg.

Craftsmen from the Glyptica-Stone Company in St. Petersburg are currently working on a stone stele monument, which will depict life-sized images of the four loyal subjects of the Imperial family.

Adjutant General Ilya Leonidovich Tatishchev (1858-1918), Marshall of the Imperial Court Prince Vasiliy Aleksandrovich Dolgorukov (1868-1918), sailor Klimentiy Grigorievich Nagorny (1887-1918) and boatswain Ivan Dmitrievich Sednev (1881-1918). All of them were buried in the territory of the Novo-Tikhvinsky Convent. 

– Now the place of their burial is unknown. All the graves at the convent cemetery were destroyed during the Soviet years. But for the sake of preserving historical memory, with the blessing of Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye, a stele will be installed on the territory of the monastery to these selfless noble people, said a spokesperson for the Novo-Tikhvinsky Convent.


Adjutant General Ilya Leonidovich Tatishchev is one of four subjects depicted in the monument

The manufacture of the 4-meter monument, designed to perpetuate the memory of the martyrdom of the Royal Passion-bearers, was ordered by the Alexander Nevsky Novo-Tikhvin Convent in Ekaterinburg.

“It is a great honour that we received such an order, such an opportunity, ” said Mikhail Sergeyevich Parfentiev, general director of the Glyptica-Stone Company. – This is a piece of Russia’s history.

As Mikhail Sergeevich notes, this project is a great responsibility for all participants in the process.

Among the images of the subjects of Nicholas II, who voluntarily followed the sovereign into exile, first to Tobolsk, and then Ekaterinburg, the sculptors portray Adjutant-General Ilya Leonidovich Tatishchevas- a man full of nobility and love for his neighbors, who loved the Gospel and knew it by heart.

The figure of Tatishchev, is depicted holding the gospel in his hands. He received this as a gift from his mother and carried it with him throughout his life. 

The monument of the four loyal Imperial subjects, will take place next year, on the territory of the Alexander Nevsky Novo-Tikhvinsky Convent. Thus, this monument will remind people for centuries of the martyrdom of the saints of the Royal Martyrs and their loyal subjects.

A Divine Liturgy was performed in Ekaterinburg on 10th June 2018 for General Ilya Leonidovich Tatishchev and Prince Vasili Alexandrovich Dolgorukov. Tatishchev and Dolgorukov were canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) in October 1981. Click HERE to read more.

A Divine Liturgy was performed in Ekaterinburg on 28th June 2018 for Ivan Dmitriyevich Sednev and Klimenty Grigorievich Nagorny.  Nagorny and Sednev were canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) on 14 November 1981. Click HERE to read more.

They were listed among 52 confidants of the Imperial family, who were rehabilitated by the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation on 16 October 2009, as victims of political repression.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 9 November 2018

“A lie undermines our society” says great-great-grandson of Emperor Alexander III


Paul Kulikovsky standing in front of a portrait of his great-great- grandfather Emperor Alexander III

A descendant of the Russian Imperial family, the great-great-grandson of Emperor Alexander III, Paul Kulikovsky, is convinced that there is a lack of reliable information about the last Russian emperor and the epoch of his rule for both Russians and foreigners.  Kulikovsky believes that the new English version the website will help foreigners have a better understanding of the life and reign of Russia’s last emperor and tsar.

AiF-Ural: How important is this project today in the work of the Church for the return of the good name of the sovereign Nikolai Alexandrovich and the restoration of the historical memory of society?

Pavel Kulikovsky:  – I think that the web site is very important for a variety of reasons. First, I would note that in modern society, people are trying to get information quickly and easily, by accessing the Internet, not books, magazines, newspapers, etc. Therefore, the Church must be represented on the Internet to be one of the sources, and be part of the learning process. They must make it interesting and attractive, and by offering something which other sources do not offer. I also find it important to attract young people. Many young people do not go to church, therefore, in order to reach them, you need to find another way. Some may be attracted to history, others like stories about princes and princesses, and some are looking for role models. As soon as they find something of interest to them, they will find such information on the site.

A more serious reason is that there is so much false information, direct lies, myths, propaganda and half-truths about Emperor Nicholas II and his family making it is very difficult to find material which contains the truth.

These massive repetitions of false information over the past 100 years have made people think that these old stories are true. But, as many of us know, a lie will not be true, no matter how much you repeat it.

It could be assumed that this would cease when the godless Soviet regime collapsed. But nothing like this happened. Twenty seven years later, the Communists and their supporters continue this senseless repetition of false information. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to have a site that not only provides the truth, but is well known and respected as a reliable source.

You can deceive people for a long time, but not infinitely. Sooner or later the truth will prevail. One step in this struggle is to give people the opportunity to learn the truth, and this is, I think, what this site is doing – both in relation to Emperor Nikolai Alexandrovich and to restore the historical memory of society.

– This project is dedicated to the royal family, which is a model of relations both between family members as well as their relations with their neighbors and their Fatherland. How relevant is this family example for modern society?

– I think that in terms of family relations, the imperial family is in many ways a model for modern society.

What, in essence, is the task of any family? I believe that it is this social institution that gives the new generation the best chances for family happiness, that is, creating their own family. It is in the family that children must learn to love and care, understand what is right and wrong, and how to become responsible adults.

In this, the imperial family can be a source of inspiration. Members of this family were associated with wonderful relationships based on love and respect. In everything they did, they were guided by Christian family values. They cared very much about each other, and about other people. They considered charity not as a debt, but as something natural.

Over the past 50 years, the family, as an institution, has undergone dramatic changes, a transformation. The traditional family is being destroyed not only in Russia, but throughout the world.

For many, happiness now lies in having more and more things. Family time and energy is spent on the acquisition of wealth and less – on relationships and spiritual values.

An increasingly secularized society dilutes fundamental Christian values ​​and makes it difficult for people to understand the difference between what is right and wrong. In a sense, people have lost their sense of proportion. Moral standards are changing.

Having learned about the imperial family, they will see an alternative, perhaps they will change their life both within their family and in relation to their neighbors and society as a whole.

– On 14th October, the English version of the web site was launched. Why is this necessary for a foreign audience?

– There is a great interest in the royal passion bearers outside Russia, but for the most part people abroad do not know Russian, so the English version of the site will help those who are looking for reliable information.

In addition to the learning aspect, there are also materials on the site which elicit an emotional response — diaries, letters, and memories — and this can inspire some. Foreigners, too, need it.

I also think that it would be really good if foreigners could learn more about Russia and, in particular, the history of the reign of Emperor Nicholas II. I think it would be fair to say that in the West many historical books and textbooks are colored by communist propaganda. This English web site will present a different perspective on the reign of Nicholas II, and some people may be surprised by all the successes that have been achieved thanks to him and his character. This can change their perception of the personality of Nicholas II, Russian history and, ultimately, Russia.

Finally, I think that the English  site will present a positive image of Russia.

– Information about the members of the House of Romanov is an important component of the restoration of historical justice in relation to the Russian tsars in Russia. What else do you think should be done to eliminate the “white” spots in the history of the country?

– I think this problem has two aspects. One of them is the real “white” spots, when information about something is simply not available in the public forum, but it can exist. You just need to conduct research, and then publish the results.

In the year of the 100th anniversary of the murders of the imperial family, one “white” spot was studied. The question was whether it was possible to save the imperial family after the abdication of Emperor Nicholas II, and did anyone try to do this? At least two books in English were published on this issue, and this gap was unexpectedly filled.

What else needs to be done? I would like representatives of the Church to compile a list of gaps in history and begin a research program. Perhaps different groups of historians, students, and the church community can explore these white spots and report at the end of the year. Perhaps a competition could be announced, during which a prize would be awarded and, of course, their work could be published in the future.

Another problem with the “white” spots, is that some are actually painted in black. This is information that someone decided that the public should not know or remember. This happens when events are distorted by propaganda and lies, and the real facts disappear from people’s memory.

The Bolsheviks and the Communists have accomplished this in Russia, during the last 100 years.

Here I see a real problem, because if society is based on myths and lies, in the end it’s very difficult to understand what is right and what is wrong. People create life based on the concepts of interconnections and come to an opinion on the basis of false ideas. And this can undermine our whole society.

That is why it is so important to fill in the “white” spots. Provide people with the truth.

And this also happens with the participation of the Church. The difficulty is to encourage people to absorb and accept this information. As the old saying goes, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.”

And this is a real challenge. How to make people recognize that their knowledge of a particular subject is not 100% correct and perceived new information.

Maybe it is also necessary to provide training for journalists to reveal these myths, lies or fake news and urge them to reveal this or that as a lie every time it appears in the media.

Of course, a web site like can be used to refute lies and propaganda against Emperor Nicholas II and his family. 

Click HERE for more information about the English-language web site

© Information Agency of the Yekaterinburg Diocese / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 18 October 2018

Children’s Procession in Ekaterinburg Honour Memory of the Imperial Family


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

In the Path of Love and Blood – Romanov Newsreel Footage


– Available now in MP4 format with direct download –

A special edition featuring 30 minutes of high-quality Romanov newsreel footage from the Russian State Documentary Film & Photo Archive (RGAKFD). Total runtime is 40 mins.

The documentary features footage from the Stantart, the Crimea, the White Flower Day festival, Easter at Livadia, visits to Sevastopol, the Battle of Borodino centennial anniversary, the Romanov Dynasty tercentenary celebrations, Military Maneuvers, World War I, and the Russian Military Headquarters.

A non-narrative documentary, with Russian music from early 20th century and best quality pictures from GARF. Produced by Tatiana Zakhryapina.

Click HERE for more info, video selections, and orders 

© Brotherhood of Mesa Potamos Monastery. 19 September 2018

The Romanovs: Family of Faith and Charity



In this day and age, when children are exposed to more and more violence on television, distracted by video games and texting on their mobiles, it is still a blessing that we have books to enlighten them.

Holy Trinity Publications, the publishing arm of Holy Trinity Monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in Jordanville, New York, have released a new publication in honor of the Royal Martyrs, for children aged 7-12, or for parents to read to their children of younger age.

The Romanovs: Family of Faith and Charity by Maria Maximova, shares the story of the last Russian emperor and his family. Their life was not necessarily what one would expect;  there was much more than fancy clothes and  delicious food. They shared happy memories but also great hardships. They nursed the sick, ate porridge, kayaked along the Finnish coastline, and cared for chickens. Today we know them as the Royal Martyrs — deeply pious Orthodox Christians who laid down their lives for the Faith and role models of Christian virtue who showed kindness even to the guards who taunted them.  


Beautiful colour illustrations by Victoria Kitavina


The author Maria Maximova is an expert on the history of Russian literary culture. She has authored a number of books retelling the lives of Orthodox Christian saints for children.

This thought provoking, hard cover book features 56 pages, with beautiful colour illustrations by Victoria Kitavina. Translated from Russian into English by Nicholas Kotar. The price is $9.95 USD.


The Romanovs: Family of Faith and Charity is one of two new titles published by Holy Trinity Publications, in time for the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Tsar Nicholas II and his holy family, on July 17, 2018. The other title The Romanovs Under House Arrest: from the 1917 Diary of a Palace Priest by Archpriest Afanasy Belyaev, rector of the Tsar’s Feodorovsky Cathedral at Tsarskoye Selo, and subsequently the father confessor of the Russian Imperial family during their first five months of confinement following Nicholas II’s abdication in early 1917.

© Holy Trinity Publications, Jordanville, NY / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 19 September  2018