JOHN of Shanghai and San Francisco the Miracle-worker
Sin Of Regicide
After the death of Saul, who had fallen on his sword during
a battle with the Philistines, an Amalekite ran to inform
David, who at that time was being persecuted by Saul.
Supposing that David would be very glad at the news he brought,
the messenger decided to pose as Sauls killer, in order
to increase the anticipated reward.
However, when David had heard the story made up by the Amalekite
about how he, at the request of the wounded Saul, had slain
him, he took hold of his garments and rent them, as did also
all the people who were with him. They mourned and wept and
fasted till evening. And David said to the young man that
told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of
a stranger, an Amalekite. And David said unto him, How wast
thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the
Lords anointed? And David called one of the young men,
and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that
he died. And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head;
for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have
slain the Lords anointed (II Kings [II Samuel in the
Authorized Version] 1:1-16).
Thus the foreigner who posed as Sauls killer was executed.
He was subjected to a cruel punishment, even though Saul was
the persecutor of the innocent David and had done much evil,
for which the Lord had departed from him.
From Davids words it is evident that he doubted the
veracity of the Amalekites story and was not convinced
that the man was indeed Sauls murderer; nevertheless,
he gave him over to death, considering that even calling oneself
a regicide and boasting of such a deed was worthy of death.
How many times more grave and sinful was the murder of the
Orthodox monarch anointed by God; how many times greater must
the punishment be for the murderers of Tsar Nicholas II and
In contrast to Saul, who had turned away from God and because
of this had been abandoned by Him, Tsar Nicholas II was an
exemplar of piety and complete devotion to Gods will.
Having received not the Old Testament pouring of oil on the
head, but the grace-filled Seal of the gift of the Holy
Spirit in the Mystery of Chrismation, Emperor Nicholas
II was faithful to his high calling till the end of his life
and was conscious of his responsibility before God.
In his every action, Emperor Nicholas II took his conscience
into account; he always walked before the Lord God.
He was Most Pious during the days of his earthly
well-being, not only in name, but in actual fact. In his time
of trial, he displayed patience like that of righteous Job.
Against such a Tsar did criminals raise their hands, and at
a time when he had already been purified, like gold in the
furnace, by the trials he had endured, so that he was an innocent
sufferer in the full sense of the word.
The crime against Tsar Nicholas II is all the more terrible
and sinful in that his whole family was killed together with
him, including the children, who were not guilty of anything!
Such crimes do not remain unpunished. They cry out to Heaven
and bring Gods wrath down upon the earth.
If the foreigner the supposed murderer of Saul
underwent death, now the whole Russian nation is suffering
for the murder of the defenseless Tsar-Sufferer and his family,
because it allowed such a terrible misdeed to take place and
remained silent when the Tsar was subjected to humiliation
and deprived of his freedom.
Gods justice requires of us a profound realization of
the sinfulness of what was done, together with repentance
before the Tsar-Martyr and his memory.
The memory of the innocent holy princes Boris and Gleb aroused
the conscience of the Russian people during the disturbances
which upset the appanage principalities, and it shamed the
princes who had initiated the strife. The blood of the holy
Great Prince Igor brought about a spiritual change in the
souls of the Kievans and united Kiev and Chernigov in venerating
the slain holy prince. Saint Andrew Bogoliubsky sanctified
with his blood the monarchy of Rus, which was confirmed
only considerably later, after his death as a martyr. The
veneration of Saint Michael of Tver throughout Russia healed
the wounds caused by the struggle between Moscow and Tver.
The glorification of the holy Tsarevich Dimitri cleared the
consciousness of the Russian people, inspired moral strength
and led, after severe shocks, to the rebirth of Russia.
The Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II and his much-suffering family
have now entered into the choir of these Passion-bearers.
This greatest of crimes, committed with respect to him, must
be expiated by fervent veneration of him and by the glorification
of his struggle.
Rus must bow down before its humiliated, slandered and
martyred Tsar, just as the Kievans once bowed down before
the venerable Prince Igor whom they martyred, and just as
of Vladimir and Suzdal bowed down before the slain Great Prince
Then the Tsar-Passion-bearer will acquire boldness before
God, and his prayer will deliver the Russian land from the
calamities it is enduring.
Then the Tsar-Martyr and his fellow sufferers will become
new heavenly defenders of Holy Rus.
The innocent blood that was shed will regenerate Russia and
make it radiant with new glory!