Archbishop Peter participates in the Divine Services Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Russian Royal Family

Archbishop Peter participated, along with the Patriarch and many other bishops, priests, and deacons, in the prayerful commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Russian Royal Family in Ekaterinburg, at the very place of their martyrdom. A full report of the Divine Services can be found at this link:

A translation of the information at the link above can be found here: 

On the 100th Anniversary of the Shooting of the Royal Family the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Served Liturgy on the Square in front of the Temple “On the Blood” in Ekaterinburg 

From the night of July 16 into July 17, 2018, on the 100th anniversary of the shooting of the Royal family, His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia served the Divine Liturgy on a platform [altar] in front of the memorial temple “On the Blood” in honor of All Saints of Russia in Ekaterinburg. The platform [altar] was constructed on the square in front of the main doors of the upper church where is located the “Tsar’s Room” - [now] a side altar in honor of the Royal Passion-Bearers, erected on the site of the murder of the royal family. 

The Divine Services at the place of the martyric end of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers and their faithful servants became the culmination of the Royal Days in the Ekaterinburg Metropolia, dedicated to the centenary of the tragic events. The Holy Royal Passion-Bearers: Emperor Nicholas Alexandrovich, Empress Alexandra Theodorovna, the Heir Alexis, the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia accepted their martyric end 100 years ago, in the night of July 16-17, 1918, in the basement of the Ipatiev House. In the years 2002-2003 the Memorial Church “On the Blood” was build in the place of the Ipatiev House, which had been destroyed in 1977. 

Serving with His Holiness were:


Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine 

Juvenaly of Krutitsa and Kolomna 

Vladimir of Kishinev and Moldova

Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan, Head of the Metropolitanate of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Vincent of Tashkent and Uzbekistan, Head of the Metropolitanate of Central Asia 

Barasanuphrius of Saint Petersburg and Ladoga, Administrator of the Department of Internal Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate 

Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Department of External Church Relations 

Benjamin of Vladivostok and Primorye

Kyrill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye 

Mark of Ryazan and Mikhailovsk, Chairman of the Financial and Economic Administration of the Moscow Patriarchate 

Nicodemus of Chelyabinsk and Miass 

Paul of Hanti-Mansisk and Surgut 

Sergius of Barnaul and the Altai 



 Alexander of Baku and Azerbaijan

 Peter of Chicago and Mid-America

 Sergius of Solnechnogorsk, Leader of the Administrative Secretariat of the Moscow Patriarchate

 Nicholas of Salekhard and Novo-Urengoy Mathew of Yegoryevsk 



Alexander of Daugavpils and Rezekne 

Theodosius of Seattle George of Canberra

Nestor of Korsun 

Theodosius of Isilkulsky and Russko-Polyanskiy 

Peter of Kalachinsk and Muromtsevsk

Savvaty of Tarskiy and Tyukalinsk 

Pitirim of Dushanbe and Tadzhikstan 

Innocent of Mariinsk and Yurga

Innocent of Magnitogorsk and the Northern Urals

Anthony of Akhtubinsk and Yenotayevka 

Roman of Rubtsovsk and Aleysk

Mitrophan of North Sea and Umba 

Methodius of Kamensk and Alapaevsk 

Gregory of Troitsk and the Southern Urals 

Paisius of Shchigrov and Manturovo

Eugene of Nizhny Tagil and Nevyansk 

Vincent of Zlatoustovsk and Satka 

Alexis of Serovsky and Krasnoturinsk


Also serving was Archpriest Maksim Minyailo, senior priest of the Temple “On the Blood”, Hieromonk Kyrill (Koritko), Secretary of the Ekaterinburg Diocese, as well as clergy of the Ekaterinburg Diocese [and other dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church, including Deacon Alexander Petrovsky from the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America]. 

The Divine Services were visited by: the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President in the Urals Federal District N.N. Tsukanov; Governor of the Sverdlovsk Region E.V. Kuyvashev; Chairman of the State Duma Committee of the Federal Assembly on the Development of Civil Society, Issues of Public and Religious Associations, S.A. Gavrilov; Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of the Sverdlovsk Region L.V. Babushkina; Chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society S.V. Stepashin; Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Fund "Elisavetinsky-Sergievskoe Enlightenment Society" A.V. Gromov; Leadership of the Sverdlovsk region and the city of Ekaterinburg; Representatives of the House of Romanov: Grand Duchess M.V. Romanova, O.N. Kulikovskaya-Romanova, P.E. Kulikovsky-Romanov, L.A. Kulikovskaya-Romanova.

Praying at the Liturgy were residents of Ekaterinburg and numerous pilgrims who arrived in the capital of the Urals from various regions of Russia, as well as from foreign countries: Azerbaijan, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, China, Lithuania, Moldova, New Zealand, Serbia, the United States of America, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, France, Estonia, South Korea, and Japan. Not far from the Church “On the Blood” a tent camp for nourishing and providing rest to pilgrims was set up. 

The hymnography was provided the Choir of the combined clergy of the Ekaterinburg diocese (Choir Director: Priest Alexei Rusin) and the Hierarchal Choir of the Holy Trinity cathedral of Ekaterinburg (Choir Director: M.Yu. Litvinenko). 

A live broadcast of the Patriarchal Divine service was streamed on the Soyuz television channel and on the portal. Numerous believers watched the broadcast on large screens installed on Tsar Street alongside the Temple “On the Blood”. 

After the Augmented Ektenia, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church offered [the established] prayer for peace in Ukraine. 

A special petition for the departed was included: "Again we pray for the repose of the souls of the departed servants of God murdered in this very place: John, Alexis, Anna and all who were killed in the years of the atheistic repression; in camps, in dungeons and in bonds from wounds, diseases and famine; those tortured in bitter labors and all who performed the spiritual exploit [podvig] of being confessors [of the faith], and that they may be forgiven every transgression both voluntary and involuntary."

Before the Communion of the laity, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill addressed the faithful with a First-Hierarchal word [sermon]. 

His Holiness donated a [large] hanging cross to the Church “On the Blood”, and for the other parishes in the Ekaterinburg Diocese 15 [liturgical] altar gospels.

At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia led the traditional Royal Cross Procession from the place of martyrdom of the Holy Royal Passion-bearers and their faithful servants, to the monastery of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers in the Ganin Yama tract (distance - 21 km). The route of the procession: Tsarskaya St., Tolmacheva St., Lenin Ave., Tatishcheva St., Bebel St., Technical St., Reshetskaya St., Railway Forest Park, Shuvaqish Hamlet - Ganina Yama Tract.


The Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia



Pictures of the Festivities can be found at this link:


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