Church of Royal Passion-Bearers consecrated in eastern Ukraine

Dnipro, Ukraine, August 8, 2018

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Continuing the celebrations in honor of the 100th anniversary of the exceution of Tsar Nicholas II and his family and those martyred with them, a church has been consecrated in honor of the Royal Passion-Bearers in the Dnepropetrovsk Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The rite of the Great Consecration was celebrated in Dnipro yesterday by His Eminence Metropolitan Irinei of Dnepropetrovsk and Pavlograd, reports the diocesan website.

The consecration was immediately followed by an archpastoral address and the celebration of the first Divine Liturgy, which included special petitions for prosperity and peace in Ukraine.

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With the blessing of His Beatitude Eminence Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, Met. Irinei awarded the rector and benefactors of the parish for their great efforts towards the construction of the church.

There have been celebrations in honor of the holy Royal Martyrs throughout Russia and the entire Orthodox world throughout the world, with the main celebration being held in Ekaterinburg on the anniversary of their martyrdom, July 17. The Divine Liturgy and all-night procession gathered 100,000 faithful Orthodox Christians from around the world, including Azerbaijan, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Lithuania, Moldova, New Zealand, Serbia, USA, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, France, Estonia, South Korea, and Japan.

The lower church at the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg, where the Royal Martyrs were brutally murdered, was reconstructed into the “Royal Room” chapel in time for the celebrations.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia also consecrated a Church of the Royal Passion-Bearers in Alapaevsk, where the Grand Duchess Elizabeth was martyred.

A new monument to the holy Royal Martyrs was also consecrated in time for their 100th anniversary on the grounds of St. Seraphim’s Cathedral in Kirov, Russia, 600 miles northwest of Moscow. Meanwhile, a memorial cross in honor of the Royal Martyrs was opened on the other side of the world, on the Isle of Wight.

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