Saint Patriarch Tikhon The Confessor and Tsar Nicholas

Patriarch Tikhon (in the world - Vasily Ivanovich Bellavin), was elected patriarch after the revolution of 1917.

Patriarch Tikhon died in 1925 at the age of 60 - according to official figures from heart failure, although there is a version of his poisoning. Canonized in 1989, stands at the head of the Cathedral of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia. He became the first patriarch in Russia since the time of Peter I, who abolished this institution.

Nicholas II was a supporter of the revival of the patriarchate.

Patriarch Tikhon and Tsar Nicholas II are united on the same icon, reflecting the idea that Tikhon is the first high church new martyr, and Nikola is the highest secular.

Both saints are depicted by the coming Crucifixion of Christ. From heaven to Christ fly angels who carry the Cannon of Passion: thorns crown and spear Patriarch Tikhon is depicted in patriarchal attire, Nicholas II is in an ermine robe, true, thrown over his dress uniform. The neck of the emperor is decorated with the Order of Chevalier George IV, in his hands a saber - these attributes should emphasize his military functions.