Saint Elizabeth <I>Feodorovna</I> Romanov


Saint Elizabeth Feodorovna Romanov

Bessungen, Stadtkreis Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany
Death 18 Jul 1918 (aged 53)
Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia
Burial Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel
Memorial ID 7035855 View Source
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Russian Orthodox Saint, Russian Royalty. She was the daughter of Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and Princess Alice, a daughter of Queen Victoria of England. A sister to Czarina Alexandra, she married on June 15, 1884 Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, the uncle of Czar Nicholas. Grand Duke Sergei was the Governor-General of Moscow. After her husband's murder in 1905, Grand Duchess Elizabeth sold all her earthly belongings including her wedding ring and founded the Convent of Saints Mary and Martha in Moscow, which served as a hospital and an orphanage. She devoted herself to charity and ministered to the poor and destitute. During the Russian Revolution, she was wounded by Bolsheviks and left to die in the bottom of a mine shaft at Alapayevsk in Siberia in April of 1918. Before her murder, she prayed that God would forgive her murderers, and that moment, one of the Bolsheviks hit her in the head with a rifle butt, knocking her to the ground. Her body was then thrown into a mine shaft with other members of the Royal Russian family. She did not die immediately from this injury, as while in the shaft, she bandaged another person's head wound. On October 8, 1918, members of the White Army recovered her remains and those of the others for a proper Russian Orthodox funeral, which was eventually done at the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in China. Her body along with other members of the Russian Royal family were placed in metal-sealed coffins and on April 16, 1920 were brought by train to the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in the wee hours of the morning at 2 am. All were buried in an underground crypt. In 1921, her remains and those of her maid, Nun Barbra, were moved to the Church of Mary Magdalene near the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem. She was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad in 1981 and by the Moscow Patriarchate as a Holy Martyr in 1992. In honor of her, there are statues in England and Russia.

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