In Commemoration of the Martyrdom of Grand Duchess Elizabeth & Those With Her
Father Demetrios Serfers
Holy Royal Martyr
Grand Duchess Elizabeth
This is a Loving Memory and Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of Holy Martyrdom of the Holy Royal Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia and the New Martyr Barbara, and the Princes John, Igor, Constantine, Vladimir and Sergius who where all martyred in Alapayevsk on July 6/18, 1918...the day after the holy martyrdom of Holy Royal Martyrs Tsar Nicholas, Tsarina Alexandra, Grand Duke Tsarevich Alexis, Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Marie, and Anastasia.
The Holy Royal Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth, was the sister of the Royal Martyr Tsarina Alexandra. The New Martyr Barbara, was one of the nuns from the Convent of Ss Martha and Mary (located outside of Moscow) who was taken in captivity with the Grand Duchess and Abbess of the holy Convent. The Princes who where also martyred and where all Romanov relatives whom are also considered New Martyrs of Russia.
On this holy day of commemoration July 18th of these holy martyrdom's and hereafter I ask you to join with me in this prayer called the Kontakion XIII from the service of the Eastern Orthodox Church service of the Akathist Hymn to St. Elizabeth and Matyrs of Alapayevsk.
O all-praised and venerable martyr Elizabeth,
with the other passion-bearers of Alapayevsk - the martyrs Barbara, John, Igor, Constantine, Vladimir, and Sergius,
accept this, our meager hymnody of praise,
which we offer to you in honor of the sufferings and violent death ye endured for Christ; and beseech the all-holy Trinity our God,
that we be delivered from the perils and evil circumstances which beset us throughout our life,
that with you and all the new martyrs and confessors of Russia we may ever chant unto the omnipotent Lord of heaven and earth:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
For more information on the Holy Royal Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth please see this web site.
The source of this Kontakion XIII was translated by Isaac E. Lambertsen.
Holy Royal Martyr
Grand Duchess Elizabeth,
New Martyr Barbara,
Pray Unto God For Us!
Holy New Martyrs
Confessors Of Russia,
Pray unto God for us!
Glory Be To God For All Things!
b a c k - t o p e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org. 7-18-1998