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Nicholas II was the last Russian Tsar and, it would be fair to say, the most faithful of the Russian rulers. Deep and sincere religiosity distinguished the entire Imperial family among the representatives of the then aristocracy. The spirit of the Orthodox faith was permeated from the very beginning and the upbringing of the Imperial children. All its members lived in accordance with the traditions of Orthodox piety. Mandatory visits to church services on Sundays and public holidays, taunting during the fasts, were an integral part of the life of the Russian tsars, for the king relies on the Lord, and in the goodness of the Most High he will not be shaken (Ps. 20, 8).
On the night of July 16-17, at about the beginning of the third "by the decree of the Ural Regional Council," the Bolsheviks, led by Yurovsky, shot the Tsar's family. Soon, after the execution of the Emperor was announced, His Holiness Patriarch Tikhon blessed the archpastors and pastors to make funeral services about him.
The veneration of the royal family, started already by His Holiness Patriarch Tikhon in the funeral prayer and the word at the funeral service at the Kazan Cathedral in Moscow for the murdered Emperor three days after the Yekaterinburg assassination, continued despite the dominant ideology for several decades of the Soviet period of our history.
Many clerics and laity secretly offered prayers to God for the repose of the martyred sufferers, members of the royal family. In recent years in many houses in the red corner one could see photographs of the Royal Family, in a multitude, icons depicting the Royal Martyrs began to spread. Were given to them prayer, literary, cinematographic and musical works, reflecting the suffering and martyrdom of the royal family.
To the Royal Passion-Bearers, many Christians now turn with prayer for the strengthening of the family and the upbringing of children in faith and piety, the preservation of their purity and chastity, because during the persecutions the Imperial family was particularly united, carried the unshakable faith of the Orthodox through all tribulation and suffering.
Memory of the Holy Passion-Bearers Emperor Nicholas, Empress Alexandra, their children - Alexis, Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, is committed on the day of their murder on July 4 (17), and on the day of the cathedral memory of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia on January 25 (February 7), if this The day coincides with Sunday, and if it does not, then the next Sunday after January 25th.