Relics of Holy New Martyrs Grand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna
and Nun Varvara are Greeted at Christ the Savior Church
On the evening of February 21, His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II
of Moscow and All Russia performed all-night vigil at Christ the
Savior Church, along with a multitude of clergymen of the Moscow
Patriarchate. His Grace Bishop Michael, Vicar of the Eastern American
Diocese, prayed during the divine services.
During the polyeleos, the Patriarch met the relics of Holy New
Martyrs Grand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna and Nun Varvara, brought
to Moscow from Obninsk, at the western doors.
After the transfer of the reliquaries to Christ the Savior Church,
where the relics are offered to the faithful for veneration, the
Patriarch addressed the people with a sermon, in which His Holiness
remarked that the first joint action of the Russian Orthodox Church
and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia began in the
city of Moscow on July 25, 2004, and was concluding here now:
a seven-month procession of the cross with the honorable relics
of SS Elizaveta and Varvara throughout the dioceses of the Russian
Orthodox Church. His Holiness Patriarch Alexy expressed his gratitude
to the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of
Russia, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus, and to all those who
participated in the organization of the procession of the cross
with the relics of the martyrs of Alapaevsk. The uncorrupted relics
of the martyrs visited 61 dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church,
more than 140 cities of Russia, and also Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania,
Kyrghizia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. By preliminary estimates,
some 10 million residents of Russia and the countries of the "near
abroad" were able to venerate the relics.
The relics of SS Elizaveta Feodorovna and Nun Varvara will be
available for veneration at the Church of Christ the Savior until
February 27. On the following day, after a moleben at the church,
the relics will be returned to Jerusalem.