To Archpastors, Pastors and Laymen
of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
On the site of the murder of the Royal Family in Yekaterinburg
today there stands the Church on the Blood. The main altar is
consecrated to All Saints who have shone forth in the Russian
Land, while another altar, where the Anointed of God martyrically
shed his blood along with His Most August family and their faithful
servants, was solemnly consecrated to them.
Nine hundred and thirty years after the Baptism of Rus', the Russian
land was stained with the blood of the New Martyrs and Confessors
of Russia--with a new baptism.
Today, three generations later, this podvig calls upon all of
the Russian people to a renewal of their moral-Christian way of
Their faithfulness to Christ is being tested. The faithful in
Russia have found the strength to raise on the site of the murder
of the Royal Family a church, magnificent and majestic in its
size and beauty.
In the bell tower of the Church on the Blood there must still
be hung a large bell, weighing many tons. This bell, the "Blagovest,"
has already been destined, in the hearts and desires of many in
contemporary Russia, to be the bell of all the Church Abroad.
In view of this, the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Church Abroad
appeals to everyone to contribute generously for the manufacturing
of this bell, that it may be a large as possible. The bell foundry
already is waiting to begin this work. The size of the bell will
correspond to the amount of the donations. For a suitable size,
more than $50,000 will be needed.
For your generosity and participation in this God-pleasing work
we call on the blessing of God for all contributors and express
our sincere gratitude!
6/19 July, 2004
Contributions should be sent to: Synod of Bishops, 75
East 93rd Street, New York, NY 10128, earmarked for "Bell
for Russia Fund."