5 August 2018 Archbishop of Montreal and Canada Gabriel visited the Church of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God (ROCOR) in Jacksons point and took part in the procession on the occasion of the feast of the Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God, during which he consecrated the new dome and cross and the icon of the Royal Martyrs for the construction of a chapel in memory of the last Russian Tsar St. Nicholas II and his August family.
This will be the first such monument on the North American continent. He is in the Temple of the Smolensk Icon, on the coast of lake Simcoe North of Toronto.
The initiative of the rector of the Church, father Maxim (Abroskina) for the erection of a monument to Regal Martyrs was supported by the Orthodox congregation and the greater Toronto area, began collecting funds to build a year ago, as well as representatives of the local Monarchist League. The current head of Canada is Queen Elizabeth II has Emperor Nicholas II’s Grand-niece. The Foundation stone was consecrated in August 2017, the first Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia, his Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion.
The building of the chapel, the parishioners erected their own. The dome was delivered from Russia. A large, almost two meters tall, an icon of made in America, and kiot for icon was made by the cabinetmaker, a parishioner of the Church of the Smolensk Icon.
With God’s help the monument-the chapel will open its doors in September this year.