Royal Russia – October 2016
On 29th September, a new monument to Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolaevich was unveiled in the courtyard of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in the Crimean city of Yalta. The site was chosen in memory of the historic visit for the consecration of the cathedral by Emperor Nicholas II and his family in 1902.
The monument was a joint project through the efforts of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS), with the support of the Revival of Cultural Heritage Fund.
The unveiling and consecration ceremony was attended by local parishioners, pupils of the St. Tsarevich Alexei School, representatives of IOPS, the Revival of Cultural Heritage Fund, the descendants of the Patriotic War of 1812, members of the Union of Zealots in Memory of Emperor Nicholas II, as well as representatives of the Russian nobility and the Russian Imperial House.
The consecration ceremony of the bust was performed by rector of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Archpriest Adam Dmytrenko, who at the end of the liturgy read words of congratulation from Lazarus, Metropolitan of Simferopol and Crimea:
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
I cordially congratulate all of you on this auspicious occasion – the opening and consecration of the monument to the Holy Passion Bearer Tsesarevich Alexiei This young man belonged to God’s chosen pious family of the last Russian emperor. His life was filled with many trials – a serious illness, years of hard times and a long period of imprisonment. But he endured it all through prayer and spiritual awakening. The Holy son showed himself to be an example of love for God and neighbour. He loved his family and homeland. For us, in our time, it is especially important in the education of the younger generation. Dear brothers and sisters! Let this monument of the Holy Passion Bearer Tsesarevich Alexei serve as a reminder of the highest heroism by the crowned Emperor Nicholas II. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the creation and installation of the monument. Merciful Lord through the intercession of the Holy Royal Martyrs grant to all of us and our world and beloved Fatherland, spiritual joy, and health of body and soul.
The blessing of God be with you,
Metropolitan of Simferopol and Crimea Lazar
This is the fifth monument to the son of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and the last heir to the Russian throne unveiled in Russia in recent years.