Pat. Kirill to consecrate Church of Royal Passion-Bearers during their centenary celebration

Ekaterinburg, June 29, 2018

Photo: RIA-Novosti Photo: RIA-Novosti

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill will visit Ekaterinburg from July 14 to 17 for the centenary celebrations of the martyrdom of the last Russian imperial family, which took place on July 17, 1918.

The patriarch will take part in the all-night procession and Divine Liturgy on the commemoration day of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, and will also lead a meeting of the Holy Synod and consecrate a new church in honor of the Royal Passion-Bearers, reports Interfax-Religion.

“Holding a regular session of the Holy Synod in Ekaterinburg will highlight the importance of remembering the events of the shooting of the Royal Family and the beginning of the persecutions against the Russian Church in 1918,” noted Patriarchal Press Secretary Fr. Alexander Volkov.

During his trip, Pat. Kirill will celebrate services in Ekaterinburg and Alapaevsk, where he will serve the Great Consecration of the Church of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers and a litia at the Alapaevsk Mine, where the Holy Grand Duchess Elizabeth and other members of the dynasty received their martyric deaths.

His Holiness will celebrate the Divine Liturgy at the Church on the Blood, built on the site of the former Ipatiev House, where the Royal Martyrs were brutally murdered, and then will lead the night procession to the Monastery of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers at Ganina Yama, where their precious bodies were disposed of, on the night of July 16-17.

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