Michael of Boston Reports on the Travels of the Relics of SS Elizaveta
and Varvara in Russia
His Grace Bishop Michael reports that over 100,000 Muscovites venerated
the holy relics of SS Elizaveta Feodorovna and Varvara. The entire
process connected with the transport of the relics, their presentation,
the processions of the cross and moleben services have met with
no difficulties, and the cooperation of the Moscow Patriarchate
and the St. Andrei the First-called Foundation has been absolutely
of one mind and amicable. The delegation accompanying the relics
has now traveled to the most remote corners of Siberia and the Far
East. On the way to Yakutia, the relics stopped in Igarka, inside
the Arctic Circle, where the local priest venerated the relics along
with his parishioners. Later, in Yakutia, there was an magnificent
official greeting of the relics, with over 5,000 people (Russians
and others) venerating them.
On August 7, the relics visited the easternmost point of Siberia,
Anadyr, Chukotka, where over 2,000 people out of a general population
of 8,000 venerated them. The transformed city met the reliquary
with an unprecedented elation.
The relics arrived in Magadan, Kolyma, on August 8, where the delegation
both grieved over the sorrows of years past and also rejoiced that
thousands of local residents saw the hand of St. Elizaveta. The
relics were taken to prisons, hospitals and outlying churches. The
local governor greeted the relics in the cathedral and that evening
hosted a reception to honor the delegation accompanying the relics,
which on Monday departed for Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka.
His Grace Bishop Michael expressed his being filled with spiritual
joy from all the visits and events and from his contact with the
bishops, clergy and faithful, who everywhere greet the saints, who
visit them through their holy relics.
Alexander of Dmitrov (ROC MP) and Michael of Boston with the relics
of St. Elizaveta Feodorovna.