13 July 2018, his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill arrived with primatial visit to the Ekaterinburg Archdiocese, visited the Church on Blood in honour of All saints resplendent in the Russian land in Ekaterinburg, Russia. In the temple were brought to the ark with the relics of St. Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Martha and Mary stavropegic monastery in Moscow. The ark was installed in the center of the temple, his Holiness made before him, the glorification of Martyr Elizabeth, reports patriarhiei.
In the temple was attended by numerous guests, who arrived in these days in Ekaterinburg, introduced the clergy and state authorities, as well as Executive Director and official representative of the Association of members of Romanov dynasty in Russia, the great-grandson of Emperor Alexander III, P. E. Kulikovsky-Romanov.
Yekaterinburg Metropolitan Kirill greeted his Holiness and presented to His Holiness an icon of the Holy Royal passion-bearers, made of stone and metal.
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church appealed to the congregation with an archpastoral sermon:
“With special trepidation I crossed the threshold of this temple and immersed himself in memories of how the Lord favored me to do the consecration of this place for the service of the divine Eucharist. But in addition to that memorable for me, every visit to Yekaterinburg is connected with thoughts about the heroism of the Royal martyrs. There was a time when the theme of the martyrdom of Tsar Nicholas II and his family were banned. I well remember how in the 70-ies there was a book “23 steps down.” As people snapped up the entire edition! Like literally to holes read copies of this book! Soviet historian, albeit in a subjective interpretation, gave the tragic story of this place. And today we can happily say that the vast majority of people are familiar with the interpretation of this event, which is true, and therefore the veneration of the Holy Royal martyrs so quickly ingrained in our believer people. Today nobody doubts about the fact that the whole Royal family was made strastoterptsy feat.
The year of celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birthday of Emperor Nicholas II and the year memories of the tragic death of the sovereign together with the whole family we must give Royal martyrs was held special prayers to they in the sight of God petitioned for our Fatherland, for our people, that never, under any conditions, civil unrest, contradictions, collisions is not ruined more of our homeland, as it was ruined in the terrible revolutionary years of the twentieth century. Their prayers bless the Russian land, God bless this city and all of you, my dear brothers and sisters, gathered here today for the meeting of the relics of the Holy Martyr Elizaveta, which is also near Yekaterinburg a Martyr’s death he completed his life path. We will work with you to pray during those days and that feeling of mutual spiritual support, rush thoughts to the Lord and their prayers, first and foremost, to remember our power Russian. Amen.”
His Holiness descended to the lower Church, consecrated in honor of the new Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church. In blagoustroena to the Royal days of the chapel in honor of Saint Regal martyrs in the lower Church the Primate of the Russian Church celebrates the glorification and read the prayer to the Holy Royal passion-bearers.
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To the Royal days in 2018 in the Church on the Blood has been completed work on the design of the “Royal rooms” — with the blessing of Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye blagoustroen the altar of the chapel in honor of the Holy Royal martyrs, which was built on the site of the murder of the Royal family.
Holy Royal martyrs — the Emperor Nicholas Alexandrovich, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsesarevich Alexis, Grand duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia was martyred 100 years ago, in the night from 16 to 17 July 1918 in the basement of the Ipatiev house. At the beginning of 2000-ies in this basement were constructed the temple.
In the Eastern part of the temple there is a mosaic image of the Holy Royal martyrs and injured them loyal subjects: the Holy doctor Evgeny Botkin, and Royal servants Aloysius egorovicha Troupe, the cook Ivan Kharitonov and room girl, Anna Demidova. On them is depicted the Theodorov icon of the Mother of God.
On the West the arch is the Derzhavnaya icon of the Mother of God that was revealed on the very day when the Emperor was forced to leave the throne, and the saints celebrated during the reign of Emperor Nicholas Alexandrovich: St. Theodosius of Chernigov, St. Seraphim of Sarov, the Holy Princess Anna of Kashin, the saints Joasaph of Belgorod, Moscow Hermogenes, Pitirim of Tambov and John of Tobolsk.
The creation of the murals and mosaics are gone in almost a year. The special difficulty was represented in mosaic work, as was completely re-designed the iconography of all members of the Royal family and their loyal subjects.
On the right side of the throne in special reliquaries will be fragments of the Ipatiev house: brick and baluster
The walls and floor around the altar was lined with red onyx that is very symbolic, because the red color on the one hand, symbolizes the Martyr blood shed by the Royal family and her entourage, and on the other hand is the color of Royal purple and porphyry, emphasizing the nature of the feat of the Royal martyrs, and in Royal Majesty, and in humility was rare piety and extraordinary spiritual heights.