Moscow, July 17, 2014
July 18 is the feast-day of the Holy New Martyrs Grand Duchess Elizabeth (Romanova) and Nun Barbara (Yakovleva). The 96th anniversary of their martyrdom is celebrated this year, reports Miloserdie.ru.
On this day everybody is welcome to take part in the festive events, dedicated to commemoration of the Holy Grand Duchess, which will take place at the SS. Martha and Mary Convent of Mercy in Moscow.
As Lyubov Petrovna Miller writes in her book, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna is among those saints of whom it can be said that their holiness is self-evident and indisputable. St. Elizabeth’s holiness is confirmed by her ascetic life, her martyrdom during which she prayed for her murderers, and, finally, by the fragrance exuding from her holy relics.
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy begins in the Holy Protection Church of the Convent
11:30 All the Convent’s guests of the Feast will be offered refreshments in the Convent garden
12:30 p.m. Concert of the St. John Damascene Children’s and Youth Choir in the Holy Protection Church
2:00 p.m. Tea in the Convent garden. A big surprise awaits the children. Tours of the Convent and Grand Duchess Elizabeth’s house will be organized for all who wish.
3:30 p.m. String Quartet concert in the Convent garden pavilion with performers from the Bolshoy Theater “Bohemia” and the winner of international competitions Olga Philatova (soprano), and also the brass quintet of the P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. There will be selections by both Russian composers and composers from abroad for string and wind instruments.
12:00-5:00 Convent garden: Games, competitions, and master-classes for the children.
Address of the Martha-Mary Convent:
34 Bol’shaya Ordynka Street, Moscow.