The Russian Imperial House posted an image of, HIH the Head of the Russian Imperial House, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna with the Patriarch, and noted that observances on behalf of the Royal Martyrs began in 1929 when her August father, HM the Emperor-In-Exile Kirill I Vladimirovich issued an act together with Metropolitan Anthony.
“"We must always remember the immortal words of The Saint-Emperor Nicholas II, which he transmitted before his end: "…evil cannot vanquish evil, only love can."
"On July 11, 1929, my grandfather, Emperor Kirill Vladimirovich, together with the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky), marked the beginning of the official veneration of the memory of the tortured Tsar's Family, July 4 as the Day of Universal Sorrow for the Russian People.
"After the Holy Church glorified the murdered members of our House and they became saints, this day was transformed from a Day of Tribulation into a Feast, which should be celebrated with a bright and joyful feeling, like the days which commemorate the martyrs and passion-bearers of earlier times…”
This year, more than 60,000 Orthodox faithful gathered for the nighttime Liturgy at Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg, built on the site where the Royal Family and their faithful servants were brutally slain, and the following procession to the Monastery of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers in Ganina Yama, on the night of July 16-17, reports the Ekaterinburg Diocese .
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