Take a journey into the history of the Russian Royal Family with the help of poetry, music and some rare photograps compiled by our sisters.
The Holy Romanov family... An unfading image that remains pure in the eyes of God.
Our last Emperor was a loving husband, a devoted father and a faithful friend.
Our Empress loved the Russian people. She helped her husband to the best of her ability in all places of his dominion, praying to God for the entire nation.
The correspondence between Tsar Nicholas and Empress Alexandra shows the depth of their love and mutual trust, the joy and gratitude to God.
Our last Emperor was a father and a brother to his people. Compassionate and sincere, with a loving open heart of a child. He loved his soldiers without reservation. The soldiers loved and honored Nicholas II in returnб giving their lives and blood for their faith, their country and their sovereign.
Alex and Nicky... A charming couple and a faithful union of souls. radiating love and tenderness through ages, like immortal flowers.
In Tobolsk exile, the Royal family took up her cross and carried it to Calvary.
Their love and kindness amazed their persecutors, exalting their souls to heaven.
Whether cutting firewood, studying, eating, reading books, walking or talking among one another, the Holy Passion-bearers were under constant surveillance.
Like caged birds, the imprisoned family spent their last Great Lent in captivity. Convoyed to church every day, the Holy Martyrs spent the last days of their earthly lives in prayer.
The Great and Holy week came, and the Royal Family followed Christ to Golgotha. The Tsar, the Empress and their children rejoiced as they celebrated their last Easter, giving thanks and singing the glory of the Saviour of mankind Who is risen indeed!
Their lives were ended in a dark dungeon by a fire squad shooting to kill. The Tsar, the Empress and their children fell on the floor ending their earthly struggle. Eugene Botkin, physician in ordinary, and the royal servants remained faithful until the end. Laying down their lives for their friends, they acquired radiant crowns of martyrdom. Their souls took flight breaking out of their cage. Our last Tsar with his Empress, Tsesarevich Alexei and the Princesses entered the kingdom of heaven.
Years have passed, and the doors of Russian churches were opened once more. The Holy Passion-bearers shone forth in heavenly glory to dwell eternally with the saints.
"It is painful and said to observe what is being done to our long-suffering homeland. One can only hope that the Lord will not leave it at that and that He will stop the evil-doers in their madness".
From diary of Grand Duchess Tatiana
"I wish all people could live in happiness".
Crown Prince Alexei
"There is no more separation. Finally, we are united on earth and beyond that, when our earthly lives end, we shall meet again in the age to come to dwell together eternally".
From letter of Alexandra Feodorovna to her husband
The Great Lent starts on March 15 in the Belarusian Orthodox Church this year. The sisters of Saint Elisabeth Convent will embark on this journey to Easter by reading what the Church Fathers have said about the three pillars of Lent.
Let us take a deeper look at the history and meaning behind one of the most important texts in Orthodox Christianity.
The spiritual centre of the Convent is certainly the church of Mary Magdalene. Pilgrims that come to the Holy Land always visit this church, which is located in the Garden of Gethsemane, at the very foot of the Mount of Olives.
The Lazarus Saturday is a very joyful day for Orthodox Christians which shows us the triumphal miracle of Christ. It falls on the same day our dear Abbess Euphrosinia celebrates her birthday - April 24th.
On November 8 (21 in the new calendar), the Church commemorates the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers. This feast was established after the fourth century Council of Laodicea
Christ cautions us not to liken ourselves to the five unwise virgins whose lamps faded when the Bridegroom Christ came: "keep watch because you do not know the day or the hour." (Matthew 25: 13).
His disciples were unnerved: “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” (Matthew 26: 8—9).