Ekaterinburg, August 13, 2020
On August 12, the birthday of Royal Martyr Tsarevich Alexei Romanov was festively celebrated in Ekaterinburg with prayers and a number of festive events.
The heir was born on August 12, 1904, in Peterhof, to Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra, who had fervently prayed to God to bless them with a son.
St. Alexei and his royal family were brutally martyred in July 1918 in the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg, on the site of which today stands the Church on the Blood of All Saints of Russia. In honor of the Tsarevich’s birthday, a moleben was celebrated in the Royal Room in the basement of the church, where an altar was erected on the exact spot of their martyrdom, reports the Ekaterinburg Diocese.
The Royal Room chapel was built in time for the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Royal Family in 1918, and was consecrated on December 12 that year. Liturgy is served there weekly on Tuesday night to Wednesday morning, and monthly on the night of the 16th to 17th.
On the same day, a photo exhibition from the Foundation of the Museum of the Holy Royal Family and the museum-library exhibition “Military Education of the Heir, Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich” opened in the conference hall of the Tsar’s Cultural and Educational Center.
The exhibition featured books from the main and rare collections of the Sovereign Library, telling about the life of the Tsarevich Alexei and the history of the regiments that he headed, as well as photos and postcards showing St. Alexei in the uniforms of different regiments.
That evening, a classical and folk concert was also held in the Tsarevich’s honor: