Χριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
Христос Воскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
St. Tsar Martyr Nicholas II of Russia born on 6 May 1868 at the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo, St Petersburg.
The day upon which the Holy Church celebrates the memory of St. Job the Long-Suffering. And how prophetic this turned out to be – for Nicholas was destined to follow the example of this great Old Testament Saint both in circumstance and in faith. Just as the Lord allowed the Patriarch Job to suffer many things, trying him in the fire of calamity to test his faith, so was Nicholas tried and tempted, but he too never yielded and remained above all a man of God.
Submission to the will of God was the distinguishing characteristic of Tsar Nicholas II’s character. His faith in the Divine wisdom that directs events gave him that supernatural calm which never abandoned him. He did not curse his fate, accepting all as the will of God, and did not even murmur against his captors who treated him with disrespect and even contempt. What greater example could the Russian people have asked for, or what nobler man could have led them as their king? Thus Christ’s lament over the chosen people was fulfilled in Holy Russia as well: “How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate” (Matthew 23.37-38). Not only the Tsar, but the whole of his blessed family, met their fate with truly Christian patience.
We fear catastrophes, but, as St. John Chrysostom said, there is only one thing that is truly fearful – sin. The Lord is in control of everything; everything is either blessed by Him or allowed by Him.
St. Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II used to say: “I am aware that I am fated to undergo terrible tests and shall not obtain a reward here on earth. It is God’s Will. I was born on 6 May, on the feast-day of St Job the Long-suffering. I am ready to accept my fate. I have solid and absolute confidence that the fate of Russia, my fate, and the fate of my family, is in the hands of God, who placed me where I am now. I shall follow His Will, being conscious of the fact that I have no other thought than of how I can serve this country that He entrusted to me”.
Saint Tikhon Patriach of Moscow writes about the birthday of our Tsar-Martyr Nicholas:
Today brethren, we celebrate the birthday of our Sovereign… We find out justification in the fact of our Sovereign’s birthday coinciding with the day which the Orthodox Church has consecrated to the memory fo the long-suffering Job. To man this coincidence will seem to be but mere chance. But in the eyes of a believer there can be no chance, and only the more so when the elected by the Lord Himself in the time of need (Ecclesiastes 10:4). Consequently it is no mere chance, but rather a mysterious coincidence, that the birth of our Sovereign and the memory of the long-suffering Job come on the same day.
Who hs not heard concerning Righteous Job, how this “man of many possessions, overflowing with wealthand flocks, was suddenly deprived of wealth and glory, becoming a beggar;childless, though he had many children, and houseless; having been the first on the throne, naked now and full of sores on his bed of sores”(Canon of St. Andrew of Crete).
By permission of God, dreadful clamities befall this righteous man, and shock after shock strike at him. One after the other messengers come to him bringing sad news about the loss of all his possessions. And when the preceding messsenger was still speaking,there came one more to tell him about the loss of all his children and servants. Then, in his own turn, he is stricken with a painful disease- leprosy. Was it easy for Job to bear all this? “Was this strength the strength of stones and was his flesh of brass?” (Job 6:12).”If his griefs were thoroughly weighed and his calmities laid in the balance together,” possibly they would have outweighed the sand of the sea (Job 6:1-2).
Yet Job bore manfully all this misfortunes that befell him, and “in all this did not Job sin with his lips” (Job 2:10), he did not murmur against God. But wounds more painful than exterior calamities are in store for him, various vices, instead of condoling with him, as they believed that God punished him for his sins…
Now brethren, let us trun from the ancient times to our days, from the man who “was the greatest of all the men of the east” (Job 1:3) to our country and its Supreme Chief…
Our Tsar received,as Job did of yore, tiding after tiding, telling of failing crops, of devastating fires, of earthquakes, mountain landslides and inundations. And in recent days, to all this was added the war (Russo-Japanense War, 1905-1905) withall its horrors, losses and sacrifices, a war into which one peace-lovingTsar was pushed by main force. Can our Emperor bear all these calamities with a light a light heart? Can he help suffering for the land of his birth?
Yet wounds still mroe painful aredeath to his heart. Like Job, misunderstood by his friends and suffering from this misunderstanding, the Russian people, with its crown bearing Chiefat its head, have failed to this day to receive a correct valuation from their neighbors. Their best intentions are met with mistrust and are suspected of insincerity. Monstrous scheming is ascribed to them. Their best endeavors are commented upon in an unfavourable way, are distorted and laughed at. All the good in them is passed by in silence and their failings are manified to a huge size and are announced to all the world…
“Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord” (St. James 5:11). God returned to Job all he had lost and gave him double what he had at the beginning, and He blessed his last days more than his first (Job 42:101-112).
Excerpt , A Sermon On The Occasion Of The Birthday Of Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II By Saint Tikhon Patriach of Moscow
The Imperial Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II Alexandrovich and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, was held on May 14th, 1896 in the Assumption Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin.
The young Tsar and Tsaritsa spent the majority of their time in seclusion and intense prayer, preparing themselves for the awesome responsibility of governing, with God’s help, the largest nation in the world, which was the protector of the Orthodox Faith.
The coronation of a tsar is no mere secular affair of state. As Bishop Nektary Kontzevitch has written, “The Tsar was and is anointed by God. This mystery is performed by the Church during the coronation, and the Anointed of God enters the Royal Doors into the altar, goes to the altar table and receives the Holy Mysteries as does the priest, with the Body and Blood taken separately. Thus the Holy Church emphasizes the great spiritual significance of the ‘podvig’ (struggle) of ruling as a monarch, equaling this to the holy sacrament of the priesthood…. He (the Tsar) is the sacramental image, the carrier of the special power of the Grace of the Holy Spirit” (Bishop Nektary Kontzevich, “The Mystical Meaning of the Tsar’s Martyrdom,” The Orthodox Word, Vol. 24, Nos. 5 & 6, p. 327).
As Tsar Nicholas was crowned, he knelt and prayed aloud, “Lord God of our fathers, and King of Kings, Who created all things by Thy word, and by Thy wisdom has made man, that he should walk uprightly and rule righteously over Thy world; Thou hast chosen me as Tsar and judge over Thy people. I acknowledge Thine unsearchable purpose towards me, and bow in thankfulness before Thy Majesty. Do Thou, my Lord and Governor, fit me for the work to which Thou hast sent me; teach me and guide me in this great service. May there be with me the wisdom which belongs to Thy throne; send it from Thy Holy Heaven, that I may know what is well-pleasing in Thy sight, and what is right according to Thy commandment. May my heart be in Thine hand, to accomplish all that is to the profit of the people committed to my charge, and to Thy glory, that so in the day of Thy Judgment I may give Thee account of my stewardship without blame; through the grace and mercy of Thy Son, Who was once crucified for us, to Whom be all honor and glory with Thee and the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life, for ever and ever. Amen.”
So it was that the new Tsar in all things placed God first, and therein was his treasure laid, “Where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Matt. 6:20).
In May, 1917, a Sarov archimandrite, who was sorrowing over the fate of the Royal Family, fell asleep during prayer and saw a vision of the Family together with St. Seraphim. And the saint told him not to sorrow, that God would not forsake his chosen ones, and that He had sent him, Seraphim, to comfort the Royal sufferers in the hour of their trial.
“Do you see the radiant light come from the faces of the Royal sufferers? This is a sign that they are under the special protection of God, as being righteous ones… Look at the face of the Empress and you will see that the light coming from it is brighter than the others. This is a sign that she will suffer more slander than any from the followers of the world’s slanderer.”
St. Tsar Martyr Nicholas II of Russia And His Family were murdered by the Bolshevik revolutionaries on 17 July 1918 in Yekaterinburg at the Ipatiev House.
The killing of Tsar Nicholas, opened the way to the destruction of Orthodox Russia and its transformation into Babylon.
Thus ended the life of the Christ-like Tsar, as a sacrifice for the Orthodox Faith and for the Russian people, both of whom he so fervently loved and believed in.
The Tsar, spiritually united at birth to the righteous and long-suffering Prophet Job laid down his life for his friends, and what’s more—even for his enemies, showing the greatest of love. Upon the Cross our Lord called out Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do (Lk. 23:34). From house arrest in Tobolsk in 1918, Grand Duchess Olga, the daughter of the Tsar, passed along the words of her father: “Father asks the following message to be given to all those who have remained faithful to him, and to those on whom they may have an influence, that they should not take revenge for him, since he has forgiven everyone and prays for everyone, that they should not take revenge for themselves, and should remember that the evil which is now in the world will be still stronger, but that it is not love that will conquer evil, but only love…”
Book of Job – Τo βιβλίο του Ιώβ
Glory . . . Now . . .
It is the Day of Resurrection, so let us be radiant for the festival, and let us embrace one another. Let us speak, brothers and sisters, also to those who hate us, and in the Resurrection let us forgive everything, and so let us cry:
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling on death by death, and on those in the tomb bestowing life. (Thrice)
Tropar-Dismissal Hymn of the Royal Martyrs. First Tone
Most noble and sublime was your life and death, O Sovereigns;* wise Nicholas and blest Alexandra, we praise you,* acclaiming your piety, meekness, faith, and humility,* whereby ye attained to crowns of glory in Christ our God,* with your five renowned and godly children of blest fame.* Martyrs decked in purple, intercede for us.