Ekaterinburg, April 30, 2018
A procession was held early this morning in Ekaterinburg in honor of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II and his family from exile in Tobolsk. More than 1,500 took part in the procession from the memorial cross near Shartash Station to the Church on the Blood, reports the Ekaterinburg Diocese.
The procession was led by the bishops of the Ekaterinburg metropolitanate: Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye, Bishop Methodius of Kamensk and Alapaevsk, Bishop Evgeny of Mid-Urals, and Bishop Alexei of Serov and Krasnoturyinsk. It was attended by numerous clergy, monastics, Cossacks, members of the diocesan movement “Believe. Act!”, students of the Ekaterinburg seminary, sisters of mercy, and volunteers and members of various other diocesan foundations and clubs, and parishioners and guests of the Ekaterinburg Diocese.
The participants bore banners and icons with icons of the Royal Family, thus emphasizing the importance of the royal theme in this year of the centenary of the martyrdom of the Tsar Nicholas and his family.
The faithful began their procession from the memorial cross and foundation stone of the future Valaam Icon of the Mother of God Church established near the Startash Train Station. The Valaam Icon was one of three wonderworking images revealed during the reign of Tsar Nicholas. The procession traveled along the streets of Ekaterinburg, stopping at the Churches of the Port Arthur Icon of the Mother of God and of the Reigning Icon of the Mother of God.
The Port Arthur Icon Church was built on the site where Royal Martyrs Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, and their daughter Grand Duchess Maria first got off the train in Ekaterinburg in April 1918. The rest of their children were brought to the city later in May.
Many faithful joined in the procession along the way to the Church on the Blood, where the procession ended. After an archpastoral word from Met. Kirill, the faithful entered the church, where the Divine Liturgy was served.
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