Father Nektarios Serfes - Royal Martyrs Of Russia
navigation bar
Young Child Kissing The Cross Dedicated To Royal Martyrs Tsar Nicholas II & Family, On The Grounds Of The Former Ipatieve House Ykatrinburg, Russia
Young Child Kissing The Cross Dedicated To Royal Martyrs Tsar Nicholas II & Family, On The Grounds Of The Former Ipatieve House Ykatrinburg, Russia

Additional Links
Miracle At The Ipatiev House
New Russian Orthodox Cathedral
In Honor Of Imperial Royal Martyrs
Tsar Nicholas II & Family In Ykaterinburg

Compiled by Father Nektarios Serfes
Boise, Idaho
U.S.A.
12 May 2000

Introduction by Father Nektarios Serfes:

Thanks be to our Lord God, it has now been reported from the Associated Press on 12 May, 2000 that a Russian Orthodox Cathedral will be built in honor of Tsar Nicholas II and his Family, in Ykaterinburg (Ekaterinburg), Russia.

Moscow (AP): "Work is expected to begin within a month on a cathedral on the site where Communists executed Russia's Czar (Tsar) Nicholas II and his family in 1918, a news  agency reported Friday."

It was also reported: "Despite financial difficulties, preparatory work has already started in the city of Ykaterinburg in the Ural Mountains region 900 miles east of Moscow, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

This is indeed joyous news although rumor had it that the cathedral earlier had been highly considered, and that this cathedral would be built in honor of all the Martyrs of Russia. "The chief engineer Vladimir Grachev was quoted as saying that plans call for a five domed cathedral, which would include a replica of the basement room where Nicholas, his wife, Alexandra, their five children and servants were killed by a firing squad on July 17, 1918."

It was at Ipatiev house during the very early hours of July 17, 1918 that the following where martyred in Ykaterinburg in the basement: Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, Tsarevich Alexis, Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Marie, and Anastasia, as well as their devoted friends who perished with the Royal Family: Dr.Eugene Botkin, Anna Demindova, Alexei Trupp, and Ivan Karinotov.

The Ipatiev house was torn down in the 1970s by then the governor Boris Yeltsin, who would later quote that Russia would later regret and be sorry for the destruction of the Ipatiev house. "The house where the Imperial Family was killed was torn down in the 1970s by the Soviet Authorities".

Then it was indicated by the Associated Press that "Parts of the bodies were exhumed in 1991 and reburied in St. Petersburg in 1998. Two of the children's bodies are missing." The two bodies that are missing are Tsarevich Alexis, and Grand Duchess Marie.

It was also reported by the Associated Press from Moscow the following: "The Russian Orthodox Church is considering canonizing the family. The Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, which split with the Moscow based bishops in the 1920s over their support for the atheist Soviet government, has already done so." This act of holy canonization by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad happened in November of 1991, at which time the Royal Martyrs of Russia and the New Martyrs of Russia where canonized. This took place in New York, at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Kursk Mother of God. At that time the ruling Hierarch was His Eminence, Metropolitan Philaret. The Russian Orthodox Church and the Synod of Bishops in Moscow, have already canonized the Royal Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth, and many of the New Martyrs of Russia, however at each session (Synod of Bishops meetings of the Russian Orthodox Church under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patiarchate) more and names are added to the list of the New Martyrs of Russia.

In past two years the Russian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate, and it's Synod of Bishops, have been discussing the holy act of canonization for the Tsar Martyr Nicholas II and his family. This act of holy canonization has been delayed, and it was brought up by the Synod of Bishops in Moscow, Russia last year to study the matter of holy canonization. We are now waiting for this results to happen, as it was reported that during the year 2000 this matter will be further discussed and considered. It seems that the faithful Russian Orthodox Christians themselves are having a great deal of spiritual influence that this act of holy canonization takes place soon. Already icons for the Royal Martyrs of Russia have been painted, and one can see these holy icons now throughout several parishes in Russia today. In addition an abundance of miracles have been taken place right after the Holy Martyrdom of the Tsar Nicholas II and his Family, and continue to take place.

The next question many people might have is if the two missing bodies are not found, can the act of holy canonization still take place? It must be understood from an Eastern Orthodox point of view that if the bodies
Icon Of The Royal Matyrs Tsar
Nicholas And Family
Icon Of The
Royal Martyr Tsar
Nicholas And Family.
of the two Royal Child Martyrs Tsarevich Alexis and Grand Duchess Marie are not found the act of holy canonization can still take place. This is because the wonder working power of God's Grace is manifested not only in the lives the Saints, but also through certain sanctified objects which are visible to us. Many miracles themselves have been performed through various holy icons of the Royal Martyrs of Russia, and by several members of the Family. Please read I Cor.6: 19). The body of the saints, after all, are truly temples of the Holy Spirit.

Not only is the body of a Saint a relic, but even the clothing of the righteous is glorified by the Lord with miracles., e.g. the mantle of Holy Prophet Elias (IV Ki. 2:14); the clothing of the Holy Apostle Paul (Acts 19:12); and even the shadow of the Holy Apostle Peter (Acts 5:15).

A the time of our Lord's Holy Glorious Resurrection, He conquered death, many tombs were opened and the bodies of the dead Saints were resurrected (Mt. 27:52). When Jesus Christ appeared resurrected, having destroyed death, He revealed life and incorruption (I Cor. 15:20; II Tm. 1:10) and from that moment the special glorification of the relics of the saints is revealed (I Cor. 15:49; cf. Phil. 3:21).

For further readings in the Holy Scriptures about the honoring of holy relics in the Eastern Orthodox Church please read: Mt. 23:29; Acts 13:36-37; Hb.1:9; Gen.49:29; 50:26; Num. 9:6; 19:11; Sir. 17. 17:25; Jer. 8:1-2.  For the incorruptibility of holy relics please read: Jn. 11:11-44; Acts 8:2; Gen. 3:19; Deut. 34:6. In all these references please at the same time refer to the writings of the Holy Fathers of the Church which  again will give spiritual direction to the meaning of these Holy Scriptural references indicated.

Now I am most pleased to humbly and with great spiritual joy,  present to you the full text I received from John David Powell on Friday, 12 May 2000. I certainly would like to thank John David Powell for sending this information to me.

Fr. Demetrios Serfes


Russian Plan Church Where Czar Died
Filed at 10:49 a.m. EDT
By The Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) -- Work is expected to begin with a month on a cathedral on the site where Communists executed Russian Czar Nicholas II and his family in 1918, a news agency reported Friday.

Despite financial difficulties, preparatory work has already started in the city of Ykaterinburg in the Ural Mountains region 900 miles east of Moscow, the Itar-Tass reported agency reported.

Chief engineer Vladimir Grachev was quoted as saying that plans for a five-domed cathedral, which would include a replica of the basement room where Nicholas and his wife, Alexandra, their five children and servants were killed by a firing squared on July 17, 1918.

The house where the imperial family was killed was torn down in the 1970s by the Soviet authorities.

Parts of the bodies were exhumed in 1991 and reburied in St. Petersburg in 1998. Two of the children's bodies are missing.

The Russian Orthodox Church is considering canonizing the family. The Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, which split with the Moscow-based bishops in the 1920s over their support for the atheist Soviet government, has already done so.

End of Press Release.


Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints!

Let us all indeed give thanks to our Lord God that a Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Ykaterinburg is being highly considered, and that the plans shall continue to proceed forward for the Glory of our Lord God, and His saints.

Holy Royal Martyrs Tsar Nicholas & Family,

Pray Unto God For Us!

Glory Be To God For All Things!


navigation bar
b a c k - t o p e-mail : fr-d-serfes@serfes.org. 5-12-2000