Believers in Yekaterinburg performed the Tsar’s procession, held annually on the anniversary of the death of the last Russian emperor Nicholas II, about 2 thousand people took part in the procession. This was reported on July 17 at website local diocese.
“This year, the Tsar’s religious procession, traditionally organized by the Yekaterinburg diocese, was not coordinated due to the pandemic,” the diocese stressed.
It was noted that the believers traveled in families and groups of 50 and 100 along the traditional route.
The initiative of the people’s memorial process came from the people themselves. Traditionally, pilgrims repeat the route along which the bodies of the last Romanovs were transported from the house of the engineer Ipatiev to the place of their murder.
Metropolitan of Yekaterinburg and Verkhotursky Yevgeny (Kulberg) wrote in his Telegram channel that there were about two thousand “pilgrims on foot”. He also noted that during the procession, believers tried to comply with coronavirus restrictions.
The Russian Orthodox Church noted that after the Divine Liturgy at the Church on the Blood, groups of believers walked towards the Monastery of the Royal Passion-Bearers on Ganina Yama, where a prayer service to the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers will be performed in the morning.
The royal procession is held on the anniversary of the death of Emperor Nicholas II – the participants follow the same route where 102 years ago they carried the remains of the murdered members of the royal family and their servants.
In 2000, the Russian Orthodox Church canonized Nicholas II and his family members.
In July last year, the head of the department of auxiliary and special historical disciplines of the Historical and Archival Institute of the Russian State Humanitarian University, Evgeny Pchelov, said that the historical and archival examination carried out as part of the investigation into the murder of the royal family made it possible to restore an almost complete picture of what happened in Yekaterinburg in the summer of 1918.