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ROCOR Will Give Relics To Convent In Moscow

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.02.27 Pravoslavie: RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE OF RUSSIA WILL GIVE THE RELICS TO THE MARTHA AND MARY CONVENT OF MERCY IN MOSCOW Moscow, February 25,
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2005
      2005.02.27 Pravoslavie:
      RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE OF RUSSIA WILL GIVE THE RELICS TO THE
      MARTHA AND MARY CONVENT OF MERCY IN MOSCOW

      Moscow, February 25, 2005

      Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia will give the shrine with
      honorable relics of Holy New Martyrs Grand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna and
      Nun Varvara to the Martha and Mary Convent of Mercy in Moscow after
      its restoration. It was declared yesterday to journalists by bishop
      Michael of Boston (ROCOR) at the press conference devoted to results of
      seven-mouth cross procession with relics in cities of Russia and countries
      of the near abroad, ITAR-TASS informs.

      According to bishop Michael, " This reliquary itself is a holy item ". It
      is made of boards from the coffins in which the honorable relics of the
      saints were transported in 1920 to Jerusalem. Boards are made of the
      Chinese tic, when relics within several months were kept in Peking. "
      Capsules, set into a tree, contain the soil from Gethsemane and from
      Alapaevsk, where they were crowned with martyrdom, - bishop has noted. -
      The reliquary is adorned with a medallion given to the Grand Duchess by
      Emperor Nicholas II on the day of her conversion to Orthodoxy."
      The Martha and Mary Convent of Mercy has renewed its activity 12 years
      ago. About 100 sisters work in the convent. There is a children's shelter.
      The convent is cooped up in the small building that is in need of major
      repair. The Grabar Art Restoration Institute, now uses the monastic temple
      constructed to order of Elizaveta Feodorovna by architect Shchusev. As
      Bishop Alexander of Dmitrovsk, Vicar of the His Holiness the Patriarch of
      Moscow and All-Russia Alexy has explained, " the arrangement with the
      Ministry of Culture about a stage-by-stage removal of Restoration workshops
      in other building is achieved, that according to the arrangement should
      take place this year".
      27 / 02 / 05


      2005.02.25 ROCOR: Press Conference Held on the Visit of the Holy Relics
      of SS Elizaveta and Varvara to Russia
      MOSCOW: February 25, 2005
      Press Conference Held on the Visit of the Holy Relics of SS Elizaveta and
      Varvara to Russia

      The Fund of St Andrew the First-called will soon publish a documentary on
      the visit to Russia of the holy relics of Holy New Martyrs Grand Duchess
      Elizaveta Feodorovna and Nun Varvara, as reported by the Fund's President,
      Alexander Melnik, during a press conference held on February 24 in Moscow.

      During the last seven months, an unprecedented procession of the cross
      traveled through 61 dioceses both in Russia and the countries of the CIS.

      "She has not been forgotten; in the hearts of the Russian people, she lives
      on. While the entire world is moving further from Christ, these New Martyrs
      are saving the Russian land from this," said Bishop Michael of Boston, who
      escorted the relics throughout the entire procession.

      Bishop Alexander of Dmitrovsk, Vicar of the His Holiness the Patriarch of
      Moscow and All-Russia Alexy, expressed the opinion that "the visit of the
      relics has done more [for the two parts of the Russian Church-ed.] than any
      negotiations."

      The large reliquary with the right hand of St Elizaveta will return to
      Jerusalem on February 28, whence it embarked in June of last year to
      Russia, and then will be taken to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign in
      New York.

      A smaller reliquary containing the relics of the saints will be given to
      Marfo-Mariinsky Convent in Moscow when the monastery is completely
      restored. "This reliquary itself is a holy item," remarked Bishop Michael.
      "The reliquary is made of the boards from the coffins in which the
      honorable relics of the saints were transported from Bolshevist Russia
      through China and Egypt to the Holy Land. The reliquary holds not only the
      relics of the holy women, but also earth from Darmstadt, where Grand
      Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna was born, soil from Gethsemane, where SS
      Elizaveta and Varvara were interred since 1921, and soil from Alapaevsk,
      where they were crowned with martyrdom. In addition, the reliquary is
      adorned with a medallion given to the Grand Duchess by Emperor Nicholas II
      on the day of her conversion to Orthodoxy."

      The large and small reliquaries will be held at Christ the Savior Church,
      where a midnight service will be held on the last day of their visit,
      concluding in a Divine Liturgy, during which many clergymen and laity will
      partake of the Holy Gifts.
      Interfax/Sedmitza.ru
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