Grace Bishop Agapit of Stuttgart leads a pilgrimage
of the German Diocese to the holy sites of the Urals
by the official website of the Ekaterinburg Diocese, His Grace Bishop
Agapit (Gorachek) of Stuttgart is leading a pilgrimage to the holy
sites of the Urals.
the clergymen and pilgrims prayed at divine liturgy at the Church-on-the-Blood
of All Russian Saints in Ekaterinburg, built on the place of the
martyrdom of the Royal New Passion-bearers.
their visit to the Urals on the television program "Diocesan
News," Vladyka Agapit said: "I joyfully greet the Ekaterinburg
Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church on behalf of the German Diocese
of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Today is the first
day of our visit. Our pilgrims from Germany came especially to venerate
the holy relics of SS Elizaveta and Varvara, the holy places of
the Urals, the Royal Martyrs, to see and to venerate all the local
relics, to become acquainted with church life in the Russian land.
I was here a year and a half ago, privately, but today as part of
a large group for the first time.
St John of
Shanghai in his time, the great saint of the Russian diaspora, said
in the Brussels church in 1962 during his sermon that the Memorial
Church there is a candle lit for the diaspora, so that we would
remember the sufferings of the Russian people after the revolution,
remember the murder of the Royal Family. He said that the Memorial
Church in Brussels will shine until a similar magnificent church
is built in Ekaterinburg. And then a new era will begin. We are
witnesses to that, and we are very glad that the Russian people
are moving closer to the Church.
we will visit Nevyansk, Verkhotursk, where we will venerate the
relics of St Simeon the Righteous, and we will visit Alapaevsk.
Then we will travel to Tobolsk to venerate the relics of St John