Michael of Boston continues his visit to the Ekaterinburg Diocese
On Monday, October 4, His Grace Bishop Michael of Boston, Vicar
of the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside
of Russia, arrived in the Ekaterinburg Diocese on a continuation
of his pilgrimage.
Over the three days of his visit, His Grace was able to visit a
great many places. Vladyka visited St John the Forerunner and Holy
Trinity Cathedrals and the Church-on-the-Blood of All Russian Saints.
He visited the churches of the Nativity of Christ and St Matrona
of Moscow in Uralmash. He prayed during all-night vigil at the Monastery
of the Holy Royal Passion-bearers at Ganina Pit. He became acquainted
with the work of the Orthodox High School at All-Merciful Savior
Monastery in Elizaveta. He visited St Ignatius Skete of Novo-Tikhvin
Convent, where the nuns showed Vladyka their many obediences: icon
painting, sewing, publishing, and also an orphanage for girls dedicated
to Holy Grand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna in Shartash. At St Panteleimon
Church, the first of some twenty hospital churches of the Ekaterinburg
Diocese, Vladyka was told of the social work being done by the Church.
Here, Bishop Michael gave a brief interview to the television program
"News of the Diocese," in which he said, in part: "It
is very good that social work is being done around the church, with
the active participation of the priests. This includes services
for drug addicts, which I could not imagine was a problem here.
This all very new, constructive, and, I hope, will have a beneficial
effect. Let us hope that this will continue for a long time, that
it will develop, gather practical experience to grow in its scope.
I saw an orphanage for children from ages two to nine, where they
are taken in under incredibly good conditions. The children are
given a multi-faceted program of development. This, along with prayer
and charity are what draws people in from an early age. Grand God
that this area of church service will develop and grow.
I saw today made me very happy. Let us hope that this will influence
others, especially the children who feel abandoned. The quality
of care for children is not as good as it once was, in some places
children are simply murdered—an unheard of phenomenon. The rearing
of children in the Orthodox family was considered of prime importance.
In Russia, this was the very first moral level of responsibility—the
raising of a person.
high school, where a fuller, more complete education is givenÉ Those
teachers who have a sober approach from teaching the youngest children
teach love towards our history and the history of the Russian Church.
Teaching is performed in a familial atmosphere, which always draws
people near, very important in the process of teaching.
the churches of the Urals, I can say that they are much different
from those of other regions. Here there is a specific iconographic
style, it is Russian, but with a Byzantine sternness. This is not
a Hellenic style, it is special.
Diocese has a great many concrete activities which are stunning
in their beauty and value."
Yesterday, Vladyka visited the Monastery of the New Martyrs of Russia
near Alapaevsk, where the earthly life of SS Elizaveta and Varvara
met their martyric end, here is the Museum of Grand Duchess Elizaveta
Feodorovna, and also the crypt near Holy Trinity Cathedral where
the bodies of the martyrs were first laid to rest.
The Bishop of Boston was very interested in the activities of the
Informational-Publishing Center of the Diocese, which includes a
print shop, publishing department, television and radio stations.
Early this morning, Vladyka Michael departed for Nevyansk, and in
the afternoon, His Grace will visit Verkhotursk and Merkushino.
Vladyka will tell more about his impressions of the holy sites of
the Urals on the air via the radio station "Voskresenie"
on Saturday, October 9, at 3:45 pm.
Vladyka Michael's visit will conclude on October 10 at 10 am with
a procession of the cross with the holy relics of the Holy Grand
Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna and Nun Varvara from Holy Trinity Cathedral
to the train station.