Please Remember in Your Prayers

Archpriest Vincent Saverino; Archpriest Michael Hatrak; Deacon Michael Bishop; Mat. Myra Kovalak;  Mat. Klavdiya Burbelo; Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green; Nun Elizabeth; Nun Magdalena; Mat. Natalia Kosich; Mat. Diane Winsky; Mat. Catherine Kowalchik; Marie Vass; Charles Snipes; Arthur-Stephen Lisowsky; Yelena Radchenko; Lydia Zorina; Tatiana; Katherine Plaskowitz; Philip Plaskowitz, Michael Stanka; Bernadine Borawick; Julia Aymold; Mary Johnson; Lilli Ann Hoffman; Lara Marinich; Oleg Marinich; Ioann and Galina Zernetkin; Monika-Anastasia & Stephanie Handley; Blanche-Julia Stolkovich; Ekaterina Koroleva; Nina Lewis; Maryann Black; Lyudmila, Anton & Aleksander Karnup; John Alexander Bylen; Katherine Garrett; Stephen Kaminitsky; Constantine; John-Thomas Planinshek; Kenneth Pukita; William and Ann Ferkile; Sergei Krektyshev; Irina Kononova; Petr and Lyudmila Borodkin; Anthony Bakie; Svetlana & Aleksey; Nina; Alla; Anna; Alla; Raisa, Zinaida; Joseph Germano; Pavel, Vladimir, Valentina, Nina, and Maria; Maria Pappas; Bonnie Duke; Joseph Lacomy; Diana Radchenko; Aleksey & Lidia Potapov; Oleg and Andrei; Vitaliy, Tatiana, Olena & Nicholas Berchuk; Marian, Irena and Isabella; David, Selina-Sophia, John, Maryann, David, Joseph, Lisa Ann Eichelberger; Cynthia and Bill (Basil) Popomaronis; Andrei, Marina, Valentina and Vladimir; Archpriest Cezar, Mat. Christina, Cezara–Maria, Darius, Justina, Christian; Victoria Lardiero; Donela-Maria w/child; Richard Wright; Valentina Shultieva; Thomas Oldewurtel; Shanna, Stephen, Trent-Michael, Grant-Alexander, Adalynn Lisowsky; Julie Smith.

 

 

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Bulletin

7th Sunday after Pentecost

Tone 6

 

July 2/15, 2018

 

The Placing of the Honorable Robe of the Most Holy Theotokos at Blachernae (5th c.); Holy Hierarch Juvenal, Patriarch of Jerusalem (458); Holy Hierarch Photius, Metropolitan of Kiev (1431); Holy Hierarch Arsenius, Bishop of Tver; Venerable Tikhon, Basil and Nikon Sokolovsky (16th c.); Venerable-Martyrs Neophit, Jonah, Neophit, Jonah and Parthenius of Lipsius; Synaxis of saints of Tver. "Pozai" (17th c.), "Theodotiev" (1487) and "Akhtyr" (1739) Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos.

 

Today’s Scriptural Readings:     

Romans 15: 1-7  /  Matthew 9: 27-35

Fr. John’s Sermons (Video): Click here  

 

 

 

The censer, with coal and incense, is a strong weapon in my hands. It is a symbol of blessing, strength and power, given to me by God, to further my prayer for all the people of the world, especially for the members of the holy, ecumenical, apostolic Church; it is a symbol of the ardent, fragrant grace of the Holy Spirit, breathing on all believers ... it also stands for an image of the Holy Mother carrying in her womb the live coal of Divinity.  St. John of Kronstadt

 

 

This  Week’s  Liturgical  Calendar

Monday, July 16th – 6:00 PM 

Vespers + Akathist in the Chapel

Holy Royal Passion-bearers

Saturday, July 21st 

No Services

Sunday, July 22nd – 10:00 AM

Private Confessions start at 9:15 AM

Divine Liturgy in Church

 

 

Welcome to our Chapel

 

Today, Sunday, July 15th, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Sts. Peter & Paul Chapel. After Divine Services in the chapel we will conduct a BBQ Picnic. The menu will feature traditional BBQ – kolbasa, hamburgers, hot dogs and picnic fare. We offer our thanks to everyone who donated salads, fruit, side dishes and desserts. Your generosity is truly appreciated. Thank you.

 

Cleaning – Friday, July 20th

All the walls are now completely painted. Just this one last cleaning is needed.

Please come and help clean with Group #3 on Friday, July 20th starting at 7:00 PM. Thank you.

 

Russian Festival Meeting – July 18th

The Russian Festival Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00 PM.

The agenda is filled with many important items that need to be addressed. T

he meeting is open to everyone. We really need your help.

 

Water Park Trip – For ages 6 - 99

Again, this summer we will conduct a Sunday School trip to Guppy Gulch http://guppygulchcamp.com a water park north of Bel Air on Saturday, July 21st from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Everyone in the parish is invited. Please make your reservations ($22 per person) by July 8th. Contact Olga Hansen bryolg@verizon.net 410-967-6738.

 

Restoration Committee Meeting – July 26th

The Restoration Committee will meet on Thursday, July 26th at 6:30 PM. An update on the progress of the work will be given. We will also discuss the schedule of the iconography work. And, we will open the discussion on new flooring – carpeting, hard wood, or a combination thereof. The Parish Council will then meet afterwards at approximately 7:30 PM. All are invited to attend.

 

 

Parish Picnics at ‘Cathedral Gardens’ / Ray Zaitin Pavilion

On Sunday, August 19th, Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Sts. Peter & Paul Chapel located at Cathedral Gardens, our parish cemetery. Afterwards, we will conduct picnics at the Ray Zaitin Pavilion. 

 

Sunday, August 19  – Liturgy at the Chapel (10:00 AM) and our Annual ‘Spas’ Fish Fry – An expanded menu of various grilled fish and fish kabobs will be offered. More information to come… 

 

 

Phase II of Restorations – Summer 2018

Throughout June and July, the plaster in many areas on the ceiling and the walls will be repaired and prepared for painting. All other areas will be scraped, skimmed and primed. Afterwards the final coat of paint will be applied. Then, by early August new icons will be installed on the ceiling and a new border design will be placed throughout the church. Regardless of the scaffolding, we will continue to serve Divine Liturgy in the church on Sundays throughout the summer. However, because of the scaffolding in the sanctuary, we have placed a small table – to serve as the altar – the Seven-Candle stand and other icons in the center of the church for Divine Services. It is very important for us to pray in the church throughout this restoration work, especially to ask God to bless our efforts in beautifying His holy temple. In addition to your prayers, we also need your generous donations. This Phase II of our restoration project will cost approximately $300,000. We sincerely appreciate your kind generosity and sincere dedication to our parish. To make a donation please contact Vadim Radchenko at 410-465-6172 vradchenko@comcast.net. For information of the progress of the restoration work, please contact Michael Mickel 410-666-2870 mcmickel@verizon.net. Thank you. May God bless you.

 

 

Restoration of our Church – A Historic Project ! – Please Help

We ask for your support and generosity! With your help these significant projects will prepare our church for the Centennial Commemoration in 2019! To donate visit our website: www.holytrinityorthodox.com or please contact any Parish Council member. Their information is listed on the last page of this bulletin. 

 

Looking for a simple way to contribute to the church restoration? When you use gift cards to pay for your purchases and gift giving, you automatically contribute to our church restoration! You raise money by paying for your shopping with gift cards you purchase from our church! 

 

Go online to https://shop.shopwithscrip.com to create an account. Use 6F2BLEB157615 as an enrollment code for Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church.

 

Once the account is created, you can order any electronic cards from the list.  To avoid card mailing fees, recommend purchasing electronic cards:

 

1. Click on Shop

2. Do a search for the retailer you wish to purchase from

3. Select ScriptNow eCard (if available)

4. Enter dollar amount, add to Cart, and then Checkout.

5. Send an email to Vadim Radchenko (vradchenko@comcast.net) or text (443-668-0648) and he will approve.  

6. You will receive a ScriptNow Confirmation email and follow the instructions.  You can also go back into Scripts, click on Dashboard, click on View ScriptNow, view your order, and print it.  

7. Provide a check to Vadim made out to HTROC.

 

Amazon Smile  &  Popular Gift Cards

Every time you shop on Amazon go to https://smile.amazon.com/ log in as you usually do, select our church – Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church (Baltimore, MD) – as your targeted charity, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase (every purchase) to our church. 

 

Brotherhood Crab Fest – Friday, August 24th – 6:30 PM

The St. Alexander Nevsky Brotherhood will sponsor a Crab Fest on Friday, August 24th beginning at 6:30 PM at Cathedral Gardens Ray Zaitin Pavilion. All-you-can-eat fresh steamed crabs, corn on the cob and soft drinks will be served. Reservations are strongly recommended. Prices will be announced soon. For reservations/ information, call Albert Blaszak: 410-799-3226 or alb42@verizon.net.

 

Cleaning Group – Group #3 /  Join a Group – Help your brothers and sisters

Group #3 will clean this week July 16-21: Vadim (captain) and Yelena Radchenko,

Vladyslav and Natalia Volkova, Nadya Aleksandrovych This group needs more members. Any volunteers??

 

Birthday / Anniversary Celebrations:  July 15-21

We offer our best wishes and birthday congratulations to Lara Marinich (7/15), Sofia Pearson (7/16 – 2nd Birthday) and Fr. Deacon Michael Bishop (7/19). May God bless them with health, prosperity and many years. To include your birthday/anniversary in the bulletin call Fr. John.

 

 

Preparing for Holy Communion?  O Lord, Jesus Christ, before I partake of Thy most pure Body and Thy most precious Blood, I run to Thee in Confession to ask forgiveness and admit my fault because: I have angered others, been angry, impatient and resentful; I have not attended Sunday Divine Liturgy and missed other services; I have been harsh and judgmental toward others; I have been prideful, lustful, selfish and stubborn; I have neglected prayer, been lazy, ignored the fasts and have not been to Confession in several weeks… O Lord, help me to more worthily prepare to receive the Holy Mysteries… 

 


Vigil Candles: On the Altar and near St. Barbara

July 15-21: Candles offered by the Radchenko Family for the health/salvation of the servant of God: Lydia.

A $15 donation will keep all three candles lit for one week. Schedule with Vadim Radchenko.

 

Cathedraticum Offering

Our box of offering envelopes has a variety of additional envelopes for special collections.  One asks for donations for the Cathedraticum.  Please note that this offering is in addition to your pledge. The Cathedraticum is what each and every one of our Patriarchal Parishes offers in support of our diocese and our St. Nicholas Cathedral in NYC.  Every individual adult is expected to offer $50.00 to support our cathedral and bishop, as per the Operating Budget of the Patriarchal Parishes. Single pledging adult = $50; Married couple under one family pledge = $100…etc. Submit your Cathedraticum Offering to the Parish Treasurer, Albert Blaszak. Write “Cathedraticum” on the memo line of your check or in a specially marked envelope. Thank you for your commitment to our Church.

 

Submit your 2018 Pledge

The mission of our parish is to spread the Word of God, to grow, to expand, to improve and not just to preserve our traditions.  Our parish shouldn’t become stale, but pursue holiness. We strive to fulfill the mission of our parish, through prayer, work and sacrifice. Prayer – because we are called to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17); work – because we are taught to increase the talents given to us (Matt. 25: 14-30); and sacrifice – because "everyone to whom much is given, from him will much be required" (Luke 12:48).

 

Please Remember in Your Prayers…

Archpriest Vincent Saverino; Archpriest Michael Hatrak; Deacon Michael Bishop; Mat. Myra Kovalak; Mat. Klavdiya Burbelo; Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green; Nun Elizabeth; Nun Magdalena; Mat. Natalia Kosich; Priest Gregory and Mat. Diane Winsky; Mat. Catherine Kowalchik; Marie Vass; Charles Snipes; Arthur-Stephen Lisowsky; Yelena Radchenko; Lydia Zorina; Tatiana; Katherine Plaskowitz; Philip Plaskowitz, Michael Stanka; Bernadine Borawick; Julia Aymold; Mary Johnson; Lilli Ann Hoffman; Lara Marinich; Oleg Marinich; Ioann and Galina Zernetkin; Monika-Anastasia & Stephanie Handley; Blanche-Julia Stolkovich; Ekaterina Koroleva; Nina Lewis; Maryann Black; Lyudmila, Anton & Aleksander Karnup; John Alexander Bylen; Katherine Garrett; Stephen Kaminitsky; Constantine; John-Thomas Planinshek; Kenneth Pukita; William and Ann Ferkile; Sergei Krektyshev; Irina Kononova; Petr and Lyudmila Borodkin; Anthony Bakie; Svetlana & Aleksey; Nina; Alla; Anna; Alla; Raisa, Zinaida; Joseph Germano; Pavel, Vladimir, Valentina, Nina, and Maria; Maria Pappas; Bonnie Duke; Joseph Lacomy; Diana Radchenko; Aleksey & Lidia Potapov; Oleg and Andrei; Vitaliy, Tatiana, Olena & Nicholas Berchuk; Irena and Isabella; David, Selina-Sophia, John, Maryann, David, Joseph, Lisa Ann Eichelberger; Cynthia and Bill (Basil) Popomaronis; Andrei, Marina, Valentina and Vladimir; Archpriest Cezar, Mat. Christina, Cezara–Maria, Darius, Justina, Christian; Victoria Lardiero; Donela-Maria w/child; Richard Wright; Valentina Shultieva; Shanna, Stephen, Trent-Michael, Grant-Alexander, Adalynn Lisowsky; Julie Smith.

 

 

Next Council Meeting: Thursday, July 26th – 7:30 PM in the Church Hall

 

 

 

Fr. John Vass, Pastor  443-527-7067

Fr. Deacon Michael Bishop:                    410-563-0472

Victor Marinich, Council President:           443-512-0985

Vadim Radchenko, Vice President:          410-465-6172

Andrei Burbelo,  Recording Secretary:     443-567-6031

Albert Blaszak, Treasurer:                         410-799-3226

Monika Handley, Stewardship Chair:       410-263-5758

Vacant Member-At-Large:                                                      

Natallia Makarava Sisterhood President:  443-625-8470

Michael Mickel, Cemetery Manager:        410-666-2870

 

 

Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia: Tsar Nicholas II, Tsaritsa Alexandra, Crown Prince Alexis, and 

Grand-duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, and those martyred with them (1918)

100th Anniversary on Tuesday, July 4/17

 

"Tsar Nicholas II was the son of Alexander III, who had reposed in the arms of St John of Kronstadt. Having been raised in piety, Tsar Nicholas ever sought to rule in a spirit consonant with the precepts of Orthodoxy and the best traditions of his nation. Tsaritsa Alexandra, a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria of England, and a convert from Lutheranism, was noted for her piety and compassion for the poor and suffering. Their five children were beloved of all for their kindness, modesty, and guilelessness.

 

"Amidst the political turmoil of 1917, Tsar Nicholas selflessly abdicated the throne for what he believed was the good of his country. Although he had abdicated willingly, the revolutionaries put him and his family under house arrest, then sent them under guard to Tobolsk and finally Ekaterinburg. A letter written from Tobolsk by Grand Duchess Olga, the eldest of the children, shows their nobility of soul. She writes, 'My father asks that I convey to all those who have remained devoted to him... that they should not take vengeance on his account, because he has forgiven everyone and prays for them all. Nor should they avenge themselves. Rather, they should bear in mind that this evil which is now present in the world will become yet stronger, but that evil will not conquer evil, but only love shall do so.'

 

"After enduring sixteen months of imprisonment, deprivation, and humiliation with a Christian patience which moved even their captors, they and those who were with them gained their crowns of martyrdom when they were shot and stabbed to death in the cellar of the Ipatiev house in Ekaterinburg in 1918.

 

"Together with them are also commemorated those who faithfully served them, and were either slain with them, or on their account..." (Great Horologion)

 

Martyrdom of St. Elizabeth Romanov and Nun Barbara (1918)

100th Anniversary on Wednesday, July 5/18

Grand Duchess Elizabeth was a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria of England and the older sister of the Empress Alexandra (July 4). After marrying Grand Duke Sergei she converted to the Orthodox faith, though this was not required by her position. After her husband was assassinated in 1905, she took monastic vows and withdrew from the world, founding the Convent of Saints Mary and Martha. There she served as superior, devoting her time to prayer, fasting, and caring for the sick and the poor.

 

During the Russian Revolution, she was seized by the God-hating Bolsheviks and taken to the Urals, where she and several with her were martyred by being thrown alive down an abandoned mine-shaft. When the fall did not kill them, soldiers threw grenades down the shaft to complete their work. Saint Elizabeth was singing the Cherubic Hymn when she died.

 

The Nun Barbara, her cell-attendant, voluntarily followed St Elizabeth into exile and received martyrdom with her. Their relics were recovered and taken at great risk to China, then to Jerusalem, where they were deposited in the Convent of St Mary Magdalene. When their reliquaries were opened in 1981, their bodies were found to be partly incorrupt, and gave off a sweet fragrance.

 

Footnote: After the assassination of her husband in Moscow, Grand Duchess Elizabeth had a cross erected at the site of his death, bearing the inscription "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." After the revolution, the cross remained standing through the devotion of the people of Moscow to St Elizabeth, until it was personally torn down by Lenin.

 

Holy Tsar Nicholas, Tsaritsa Alexandra, Tsarevich Alexei and the 

Holy Great Princesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia

The following excerpts were taken from the Report of Metropolitan of Krutitsa and Kolomna Juvenaly (Moscow Patriarchate) on the grounds for the canonization of the Tsar and family.

 

One of the main arguments of the opponents of the canonization of the Tsar Family is the asser­tion that the death of Emperor Nicholas II and his Family cannot be acknowledged as martyrdom in Christ's name. The Commission, basing on the thorough consideration of the circumstances of the death of the Tsar Family suggests that they should be canonized as Saint passion-bearer. In the liturgical literature and in Lives of Saints of the Russian Orthodox Church the word “passion-bearer” is applied to those Russian Saints who, emulating Christ, humbly and with patience endured physical and moral sufferings and death at the hands of their political adversaries. The examples of passion-bearers in Russian history were Saint Dukes Boris and Gleb (+1015), Igor of Chernigov (+1147), Andrei of Bogolubovo (+1174), Mikhail of Tver (1319) and Tsarevich Dimitry (+1591). All of them by their feat of passion-bearing gave the lofty example of Christian morality and patience.

 

The opponents of the canonization of Nicholas II try to find obstacles to it in some facts con­nected with his State and Church policy. The Church policy of the Emperor stayed within traditional syn­odal system of the Church management. However, it was during the reign of Emperor Nicholas II that the Church hierarchy got the opportunity not only to widely discuss but also actually prepare the convocation of the Local Church Council, while hitherto this issue had not been raised for two centuries. 

 

The Emperor unfailingly attended to the needs of the Orthodox Church, generously donating money for the construction of new churches in Russia and abroad as well. During the years of his reign the number of parishes in Russia rose by more than 10,000, more than 250 new monasteries were opened. The Emperor personally took part in the laying the first stone of new churches and in other Church festivities. 

 

Deep piety singled out the Royal couple among the aristocracy of that time. The upbringing of the children of the Royal dynasty was imbued with religious spirit. All its members lived according to traditions of Orthodox piety. Going to Church on Sundays and every Church feast, fasting was an essential part of their life. The personal religiousness of the Tsar and his wife was not in merely following traditions. The Royal couple visited churches and monasteries during their numerous voyages, venerated miracle-working icons and Saints' relics, made pilgrimages, as it was in 1903 during the glorification of St.Seraphim of Sarov. Short services in the court churches could not satisfy the Emperor and Empress. They went to the cathedral of St. Theodore in Tsarskoye Selo, where Empress Alexandra prayed before the lectern with liturgical books open and attentively followed the process of the Divine Service.

 

As a politician and State figure the Tsar acted on his religious and moral principles. One of the most common arguments against the canonization of Emperor Nicholas II is the events of 9 January 1905 in Saint-Petersburg. In the historical note of the Commission concerning this question it is explained: Having read on January 8th Gapon's petition, which had the character of a revolutionary ultimatum not allowing to start constructive negotiations with the representatives of the workers, the Tsar had ignored this document, illegal in its form and undermining the authority of the State power, which was unstable under war conditions as it was. During the whole day of January 9th the Tsar hadn't taken any decisions directed at the suppression of the mass demonstrations of the workers. It was the Commander-in-Chief of St. Petersburg who gave the order to open fire to the troops. Historical evidence doesn't allow us to suggest that there was conscious evil will in the activity of the Tsar, which was turned against the people and was embodied in concrete sinful actions and decisions. 

 

From the beginning of the First World War the Tsar regularly went to the Headquarters, visits the military units of the front-line forces, aid-posts, military hospitals, munitions, in short, everything that played a role in this war. The Empress devoted herself to the wounded from the very beginning of the war. Having taken a course in hospital nursing, she together with elder daughters, Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana, every day for several hours looked after the wounded in the hospital in Tsarskoye Sel o. The Emperor regarded his being the Supreme Commander-in-Chief as performing his moral and State duty before God and the people, at the same time always giving the leading military experts broad initiative in the solution of military-strategic and operational-tactical schemes. 

 

The judgments of Nicholas II as a State figure are extremely contradictory. In discussing this we should never forget, that considering State activity from the Christian point of view we must consider not this or that form of a State order, but the place, which is taken by a concrete person in the State structure. The subject to assessment is how this or that person has managed to embody Christian ideals in their life. We should note that Nicholas II looked upon his monarchic responsibilities as his holy duty. 

 

Very few people directly communicated with the Tsar in an informal atmosphere. Everyone who knew his family life directly marked surprising simplicity, mutual love and agreement of all the members of this united Family. The center of it was Tsarevich Alexey, all affections and hopes concentrated on him. The circumstance that darkened the life of the Royal Family was the incurable illness of the Heir.

 

The attacks of hemophilia, during which the child terribly suffered, were frequent. In September 1912 in consequence of a careless movement there was an inner bleeding and the condition was so serious that Tsarevich's life was feared for. All over the country services for his healing were held in churches. At the same time the character of his illness was a State secret, and the parents had to conceal their feelings taking part in the regular routine of the Court life. The Empress well understood that medicine was powerless here.

 

But there is nothing impossible for God. Being deeply religious, she gave all of her soul to zealous prayer in the hope of a miraculous cure. At times, when the child was healthy, it seemed to her that her prayers had been heard, but the attacks repeated again, and it filled her mother's soul with infinite sorrow. She was ready to believe anyone who was able to help her in her grief, at least somehow relieve the sufferings of her son. The illness of the Heir opened the doors of the Palace to peasant Grigory Rasputin, who was doomed to play his own role in the life of Royal Family, and in the life of the entire country as well.

 

The most significant argument of the opponents of the canonization of the Tsar family is the fact of their interaction with G. Rasputin itself. The relations between the Emperor and Rasputin were complex, respect combined with caution and doubts. "Several times the Emperor tried to get rid of the "elder", but every time retreated under the pressure of the Empress because of the necessity of Rasputin's help for curing the Heir". In the relationship with Rasputin there was an element of human weakness, which was connected with the deep suffering of the Empress from the incurable illness of her son, and the yearning of the Emperor to keep peace in the Family by sympathetic reconciliation to the maternal torments of the Empress.

 

However, there are no grounds to see the features of spiritual illusion and especially not deep enough Churching in the relations of the Tsar Family with Rasputin. Summing up the study of the State and Church activity of the last Russian Emperor, the Commission has not found enough reason for the canonization for this activity alone.

 

There were two periods in the life of Emperor Nicholas II - the time of his reign and the time of his confinement. The Commission has attentively studied the last days of the Tsar Family, connected with suffering and martyrdom of its members. Emperor Nicholas often compared his life with the great suffering of Job's, on the day of whose Church commemoration he was born. Having taken his Cross as the Biblical righteous man, he endured all trials steadily, meekly and without a slightest murmur. This very patience was clearly revealed in the last days of the Emperor's life.

 

From the moment of the abdication it was not the outward events, but rather the inner spiritual state of the Tsar that takes our attention. The Tsar having taken, as it seemed to him, the only right decision, at the same time experienced severe spiritual torment. "If I stand in the way of the happiness of Russia and all the leading social forces ask me to leave the throne and pass it to my brother and son, I'm ready to do this, ready not only the reign, but the whole my life give for my Motherland. I think nobody who knows me can doubt it", - said the Tsar to General D. Dubensky. 

 

"Tsar Emperor Nicholas, having seen so much betrayal around him… retained indestructible belief in God, fatherly love for the Russian people, readiness to lay his life for the honor and glory of his Motherland". On March 8, 1917 the commissars of the Provisional Government having arrived in Mogilev, announced through General Alekseyev about the arrest of the Tsar and necessity to go to Tsarskoye Selo. He addresses his troops for the last time, calling for the fidelity to the Provisional Government, the very one which had subjected him to arrest, appealing for performing one's duty before the Motherland to the complete victory.

 

In methodical killing of every member of the Royal dynasty that fell in their hands, the Bolsheviks were first of all guided by ideology because the national view of the Emperor was still as of the Anointed Monarch, and the entire Tsar Family symbolized Russia, which was being destroyed. On July 21, 1918 His Holiness Patriarch Tikhon in his sermon at the Divine Liturgy in Moscow Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan as if had answered the questions and doubts which after eight decades the Russian Church tries to comprehend: "We know that he (Emperor Nicholas II - M.J.) abdicated from the throne with a view to the good for Russia and because of his love for it."

 

The Royal Family spent a lot of time reading edifying books, first of all the Holy Scriptures and regularly, almost unfailingly attended Church services. Kindness and peace of mind hadn't left the Empress in this difficult time. The Emperor, being of reserved disposition, felt calm and placid only in close family circle. The Empress didn't enjoy the life of high society.

 

Moral dissipation, which reigned at the court, was alien to the strict upbringing of the Empress; her religiousness was regarded as oddity, even as hypocrisy. In the letters of Tsarina Alexandra one can see the whole depth of her religious feelings- there is so much strength of spirit, dolefulness about the fate of Russia, faith and hope for the help of God in them. Whoever she wrote to, she found the words of support and compassion. These letters are the real evidence of Christian faith. The prisoners found solace and strength for enduring sorrows in spiritual reading, prayer, divine service, taking Holy Communion.

 

In almost complete isolation from the outward world, surrounded by rude and cruel guardians, the prisoners of the Ipatyev's house show remarkable nobleness and lucidity of mind. Their genuine greatness of spirit came not from their monarchical origin, but from extraordinary spiritual height, which they gradually had reached. Together with the Royal Family the servants who followed them in their exile had been shot to death in the basement of the Ipatyev House in the town of Ekaterinburg on July 17, 1918.

 

O Most Holy Trinity, Our God, Glory to Thee!