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My name is David Stone. I live in Houston, Texas. I am a 30-something single white male. I am an Orthodox Christian and am a member of an English-language parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR).

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Tsarina Returns to Russia

Photo from www.chron.com

The remains of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna were returned to Russia this week.

A burial was held in the crypt of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg.

Patriarch Alexei II served at the reburial ceremonies.

Here is an article with more details.

According to the article Patriarch Alexei made the following statements regarding the reburial services:

"This will be another sign that Russia is overcoming the enmity and divisions brought by the revolution and civil war," Alexy said in a televised funeral at St. Isaac's Cathedral in the old imperial capital.

Alexy earlier described the return of the empress's remains for honored reburial as "a great historic and spiritual event for Russia" that should be viewed as "an act of repentance on the part of society and the state."


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