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St. Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II Romanov of Russia ‘’I was born on 6 May, on the feast-day of St Job the Long-suffering…”. And all his life he was a Golgotha.

ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ_Holy Resurrection of Jesus Christ_Воскресение Иисуса Христа_19_8bit_PE-IC13-DS2-Q3Χριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
Христос Воскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!

St. Tsar Martyr Nicholas II of Russia born on 6 May 1868 at the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo, St Petersburg.

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Commemorated on May 7

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.

Νικόλαος Β΄ Τσαρος της Ρωσίας_ Tsar Nicholas II of Russia_ святого страстотерпца Николай II_9-sf-mc-tarul-nicolae-1918-1Submission 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”.

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 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).

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On March 3, 1917, away from his family, and without friends, Nicholas II, the Anointed Tsar of the last Christian Empire, the “Third Rome”, against his better judgement, but pushed by his faithless advisors, abdicated the throne.

And so, after an entire night spent in prayer, he laid aside the crown for what he felt was the good of his country. For, as he wrote: “I am ready to give up both throne and life if I should become a hindrance to the happiness of the homeland.” And again: “There is no sacrifice that I would not make for the real benefit of Russia and for her salvation.”

After the abdication, on March 9, the Tsar arrived back in Tsarkoye Selo, where his family were all under house arrest like common criminals, and found all of his children ill. Alexis, Olga and Maria had the measles and were bedridden with high fevers; Tatiana and Anastasia both had painful ear abscesses, which left Tatiana temporarily deaf.
Again the image of Job overshadowed him – all had been taken from him except his dear ones and his indomitable faith. 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. Thus on March 13, 1917, the Tsarevich Alexis wrote to his sister Anastasia:
“I will pray fervently for you and Maria. With God everything will pass. Be patient and pray.”

And shortly after the abdication the Empress said: “Our sufferings are nothing. Look at the sufferings of the Saviour, how He suffered for us. If this is necessary for Russia, we are ready to sacrifice our lives and everything.”

And again: “I love my country, with all its faults. It grows dearer and dearer to me… I feel old, oh, so old, but I am still the mother of this country, and I suffer its pains as my own child’s pains, and I love it in spite of all its sins and horrors… Since [God] sent us such trials, evidently He thinks we are sufficiently prepared for it. It is a sort of examination… One can find in everything something good and useful – whatever sufferings we go through – let it be. He will give us strength and patience and will not leave us. He is merciful. It is only necessary to bow to His will without murmur and wait – there on the other side He is preparing for all who love Him indescribably joy.”

Σεραφείμ Σάρωφ_St. Seraphim of Sarov_ Преподобный Серафим Саровский_1263815614_image015In 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.”

The Tsar Nicholas II had a very strong sense of his destiny as an Orthodox ruler. Although he had an opportunity to flee the country with his family and seek refuge outside Russia, he and his Empress deliberately chose to stay and accept whatever awaited them. He had been born on the feast of the Prophet Job and because of this he often remarked to his advisors: “I have a secret conviction that I am destined for a terrible trial, that I shall not receive my reward on this earth.” No wonder that our Russian Bishops Abroad wrote (in 1968): “Job the Much-Suffering, on the day of whose commemoration the Tsar was born, said in his grievous suffering, concerning the day of his conception: ‘As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year” (Job 3:6). Terrible was the night of the murder of the Tsar”!

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 shall grow even stronger, but that it is not evil that will conquer evil, but only love. . .Νικόλαος Β΄ Τσαρος της Ρωσίας_ Tsar Nicholas II of Russia_ святого страстотерпца Николай II_85a19c7ba4e43dde

The intercessory prayers of the New Martyrs.

This vision was seen by the sailor Silaev of the cruiser “Almaz.” It is related in Archimandrite Panteleimon’s book, The Life, Podvigs, Miracles and Prophesies of Our Holy Righteous Father John, the Wonderworker of Kronstadt.

“On the night after receiving Holy Communion, I had a terrifying dream. I was walking out into a huge clearing, which had neither end nor boundary; from above, a light brighter than the sun poured down, which I was unable to look upon. But this light did not reach the earth and was as if enshrouded in something that was neither mist nor smoke. Suddenly singing rang out in the heavens, so harmonious, so full of compunction: ‘Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us!’ It was repeated several times, and now the whole clearing was filled with people dressed in some kind of special garb. In front of everyone was our Tsar-Martyr in royal purple and a crown, holding a cup filled to the brim with blood. Beside him on the right was a handsome youth — the Tsarevich — in a dress uniform, also with a cup of blood in his hands. Behind them, on their knees, was the whole martyred Royal Family in white garments, and each of them held a cup of blood in their hands. In front of the Emperor and the Heir, on his knees, with his hands lifted up to the heavenly light and praying fervently, was Fr. John of Kronstadt. He was appealing to the Lord God as to a living Being — as if he saw Him — for Russia, which was wallowing in uncleanness. This prayer threw me into a sweat, ‘O All-holy Master, look upon this innocent blood, hear the groaning of Thy faithful children, who have not lost Thy talent; and by Thy great mercy distribute it now to Thy fallen chosen nation! Do not deprive them of Thy sacred chosenness; raise up in them the knowledge of salvation, stolen from them by the wise of this age because of their simplicity. May they be lifted up from the depth of their fall and soar on spiritual wings to heaven, and glorify Thy most holy Name in all the inhabited earth. The faithful martyrs implore Thee, offering their blood as a sacrifice to Thee. Receive it for the cleansing of the voluntary and involuntary transgressions of Thy people; forgive and have mercy on them.

Νικόλαος Β΄ Τσαρος της Ρωσίας_ Tsar Nicholas II of Russia_ святого страстотерпца Николай II_fAfter this the Tsar lifted up his cup of blood and said, ‘O Master, King of kings and Lord of lords! Receive my blood and that of my family for the purification of all the voluntary and involuntary sins of my people, entrusted to me by Thee, and lead them up from the depth of their present fall. Thy justice is for all, but boundless is the mercy of Thy compassion. Forgive and graciously have mercy on all, and save Russia.’ Behind him, holding up his cup, the pure young Tsarevich with his child’s voice began to speak, ‘O God, look down upon Thy people who are perishing and extend to them the hand of deliverance. O All-merciful God, accept also my pure blood for the salvation of blameless children, who are being corrupted and destroyed, and accept my tears for them.’ And the boy began to sob, spilling his blood from the cup onto the earth. Suddenly the entire multitude of people, dropping to their knees and raising their cups heavenward, with one voice began to pray, ‘O God, righteous Judge, but good, merciful Father; receive our blood as an ablution for all the defilement that is being committed in our land, both rationally and irrationally, for how can a rational man do that which is irrational! And by the prayers of Thy saints who have shone forth in our land by Thy mercy, restore to Thy chosen people, who have fallen into the nets of Satan, the knowledge of salvation, that they might tear these destructive nets to pieces. Do not turn away from them to the end, and do not deprive them of Thy great chosenness; and may they rise from the depth of their fall and glorify Thy magnificent Name throughout all the inhabited earth and faithfully serve Thee unto the end of the ages.’ And again in the heavens, more touchingly than before, there resounded the hymn, ‘Holy God.’ I felt chills going up and down my spine, but I could not wake up. And finally I heard, sweeping across the heavens, the solemn hymn, ‘Gloriously hath He been glorified,’ continuously rolling from one end of heaven to the other. The clearing emptied in an instant, and it was as if it had become a completely different place. I saw a multitude of churches, and such a beautiful ringing of bells spread forth that my soul was filled with joy. Fr. John of Kronstadt came up to me and said, ‘God’s sun has risen over Russia once again. See how it dances and rejoices! Now there is a great Pascha in Russia; Christ has risen there. Now all the Powers of heaven rejoice, and you, after your repentance, have labored from the ninth hour and will receive your reward from God.’ “ (https://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/nicholas_ii_e.htm )Νικόλαος Β΄ Τσαρος της Ρωσίας_ Tsar Nicholas II of Russia_ святого страстотерпца Николай II_tsar_family-06In the words of Fr. Dimitry Dudko, one of the first of that wave of modern confessors to speak out against the betrayal of the Church in Russia: “The Tsar is a saint and, moreover, one of the greatest saints. O great saint of Russia, Great-Martyr Nicholas, pray to God for us!”

The killing of Tsar Nicholas, opened the way to the destruction of Orthodox Russia and its transformation into Babylon.

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).

Paschal troparion Tone 1

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

Apolytikion of Righteous Job the Long-Suffering
Second Tone

As we celebrate the memory of Thy Righteous Job, O Lord, through him we beseech Thee to save our souls

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.

Troparion Royal Martyrs, Passion-bearer Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Tone 5: 

Meekly didst thou endure bonds and diverse sufferings, /and the loss of an earthly kingdom, /and didst bear witness for Christ even unto death /at the hands of those that fight against God, /O great passion-bearer, divinely-crowned Tsar Nicholas; /therefore, Christ God hath crowned thee in the heavens with a martyr’s crown, /together with thy queen, thy children, and thy servants. /Him do thou entreat //to have mercy on the Russian land and save our souls.

Glory. Plagal of Second Tone

BORN on the feast of Job the Much-suffering and named for the merciful Nicholas of Myra, thou wast faithful to the virtues for which both are renowned. For like the almsgiving bishop, thou wast a rule of faith, an icon of meekness, a teacher of temperance, a father of orphans, a provider of the needy, and a well-spring of compassion for all. And like the Prophet of old, thou wast stripped bare of all thine earthly wealth in a single day, and wast smitten not with Job’s bodily corruption, but with the corrupt ingratitude of an entire people, for whom thou hadst willingly borne the cross of sovereign rule. Yet to the end of thy much-suffering life, thou didst bless His Name with gratitude for all things, placing all thy trust in His mercy and the wisdom of His will. Thus when thou wast betrayed and didst surrender thy throne, thy soul was shown to be founded not on the rock of earthly power, but on the rock of faith in thy Heavenly Father. Intercede with Him to save us who honour thee.

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