Ekaterinburg, July 13, 2018
“We are expecting her arrival on July 16. She is coming by train at 10:00 in the morning. She is planning to take part in the Divine Liturgy. She will be present and pray at the night service. They are not planning to go on the procession, but the group of pilgrims will arrive to Ganina Yama Monastery on the 17th by bus,” reported Fr. Maxim Minyailo of the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg.
The Grand Duchess is also planning to visit Alapaevsk on Sunday July 15 to participate in the consecration of the Church of the Feodoroskaya Icon of the Mother of God in the Monastery of the New Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church. The Feodorovskaya Icon is the patron icon of the House of Romanov.
Alapaevsk is a place of pilgrimage in honor of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr, Grand Duchess, and sister to the last Russian Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, who was murdered in Alapaevsk. A monument to St. Elizabeth was opened there in June of last year.
The international festival of Orthodox culture “Royal Days,” dedicated to the centenary of the death of the family of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II, opened in Ekaterinburg yesterday and will last until July 21. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill will lead the celebrations.
Ekaterinburg mayor Evgeny Roizman also sent an invitation to members of the British royal family last year to attend the celebrations.
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