Saturday, June 23, 2018

Thousands gather in Yekaterinburg to honor royal martyrs

An estimated 40,000 to 50,000 people gathered in Yekaterinburg this week to honor the memory of the royal martyrs at an evening service to commemorate the royal family's murders.

Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhotury addressed the masses during the service of divine liturgy. The ceremony included a sermon to explain the spiritual significance of the royal family that encouraged Orthodox citizens to understand and fulfill their responsibilities to Russia, Pravoslavnaya Gazeta reports.

Metropolitan Kirill welcomed Metropolitan Vikenty, a member of the Holy Synod and the head of the Central Asian Metropolitan District. Vikenty previously served as bishop of the Yekaterinburg diocese for 12 years and recently arrived in the city for the service.

Metropolitan Vikenty expressed his gratitude to the city for continuing on the tradition in the Ural region that has been going on for the last two decades.

More than 200 clergymen from the Yekaterinburg, Kamensk, Nizhnetagilsk and other dioceses were involved in the celebration of the divine liturgy. Archpriest Gennady Vedernikov, the secretary of the Nizhnetagilsk diocese, gave a sermon appealing to modern citizens to use the royal family as an example to restore true family values, Pravoslavnaya Gazeta reports.

As congregants sang the moleben, worshippers followed the cross procession along the road to Ganina Yama, which was the same road the family was taken upon on the night of the shooting.