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Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia: New Martyr of the Communist Yoke

   
Lubov Millar

“The author has enhanced her spiritual portrait with hitherto unpublished letters, including a revealing exchange between the Grand Duchess and her closest relatives on the subject of her conversion to Orthodoxy, a step which she took after careful deliberation and, as she herself affirmed, ‘from a pure conscience.’ In chronicling further her spiritual journey, the author details the establishment in Moscow of the Martha and Mary Convent of Mercy, a seminal institution which the Grand Duchess intended should combine the active and contemplative life exemplified in the Gospel by the sisters of Lazarus. It was an ideal to which the Grand Duchess applied herself with quiet, purposeful determination born of love for Christ, a determination which sustained her through difficult times and, in her final agony, won for her a martyr’s crown. Fascinating as a historical biography, the book is also remarkably relevant to spiritual seekers and strugglers of today, illustrating as it does the practical realization of timeless spiritual principles against a background—of waning faith, decaying morals and social ills—not so very different from our own.”
—“Publisher’s Preface”

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Publisher’s Preface
Author’s Notes
Chapters
   1. Princess of Hesse
   2. A Royal Engagement
   3. Ilyinskoe
   4. At Home in Russia
   5. Convert to Orthodoxy
   6. Moscow
   7. Coronation
   8. “No longer safe”
   9. Assassination
   10. A New Purpose
   11. Convent of Mercy
   12. A Gift for Healing
   13. Among the Poor
   14. The “Better Part”
   15. A Clouded Horizon
   16. War
   17. From Bad to Worse
   18. Anguish
   19. Arrest
   20. A Company of Exiles
   21. Martyrs of Alapaevsk
   22. A Revelation of Sanctity
Afterword
Publisher’s Epilogue
Appendices:
   I. Grand Duchess Elizabeth’s Letters to the Tsar
   II. Archpriest Mitrofan Srebrianski:
      The Final Chapters of His Life
      An Explanatory Word
      In the Footsteps of Christ
   III. The Journey of the Relics
List of Letters
Genealogy Chart
Bibliography

Item Number: BKNO643
Publication Data: Richfield Springs, NY: Nikodemos Orthodox Publication Society, 2009
Format: hardcover
Number of Pages: 389
Dimensions (l × w × h): 22.4 cm × 14.9 cm × 3.4 cm
Additional Information: black-and-white illustrations, dust jacket
ISBN: 978‒0‒9719505‒4‒2

$28.95 (USD)

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