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Russian Orthodox Church Canonizes New Martyr

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://en.ria.ru/Religion/20120206/171184239.html Russian Orthodox Church Canonizes New Martyr 22:52 06/02/2012 MOSCOW, February 6 (RIA Novosti) Tags: Orthodox
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 7, 2012
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      Russian Orthodox Church Canonizes New Martyr
      22:52 06/02/2012
      MOSCOW, February 6 (RIA Novosti)
      Tags: Orthodox Church, Alexander Schmorell, Germany, Russia

      The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia has canonized Russian
      national Alexander Schmorell, a native of Orenburg, who was executed by
      the Nazi regime in 1943 for organizing an anti-fascist student group
      called the White Rose, the Church Bulletin publication reported.

      The ceremony to glorify St. Alexander of Munich, who was 25 yeas old
      when he died, ended in Germany this past weekend. He became the first
      new martyr glorified after canonical communion between the Russian
      Orthodox Church (ROC) and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
      (ROCOR) was restored in 2007 following 80 years of separation.

      ROCOR separated from ROC in 1927 because its members deemed that ROC
      leadership’s loyalty to the Bolshevik state was inappropriate.

      The canonization took place in Munich’s Cathedral of Holy New Martyrs
      and Confessors of Russia and was led by Archbishop Mark of Berlin and
      Germany.

      A procession with crosses and icons was held on Saturday in Munich to
      mark the canonization, the head of an Orenburg charity said. The
      procession was followed by a memorial service at Schmorell’s grave.

      Schmorell, born in 1917, was the son of a German who moved to Russia in
      the 19th century. His mother was the daughter of an Orthodox Christian
      priest. In 1921 the family decided to return to Germany and moved to
      Munich, where Schmorell became a parishioner of a Russian Orthodox church.

      After returning from the front in 1942 following years of service in the
      German army as a military doctor, Schmorell organized, together with his
      colleagues Hans and Sophie Scholl and Christophe Probst, the White Rose
      movement and started distributing anti-Hitler leaflets. They were
      guillotined the following year.
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