Feast of the Holy Virgin – Day of Russian monarchists
In the previous article Emperor spoke of European monarchs in youth and old age. Today it’s time to talk about the Russian monarchists, the day that is celebrated with the Orthodox holiday.
Feast of the Holy Virgin
Today, on October 14 The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the Intercession of the Theotokos. This festival dates back to the IX or X century, when St. Andrew Simpleton saw the Virgin covering Blachernae Church in Constantinople omophorion (veil). Saint Andrew saw the sign as a fact to protect the city from Constantinople, besieging his Mamelukes. The enemy retreated really.
In the Russian tradition of the feast there is the Protection of particular veneration. Almost every one of the Grand Dukes and then Russian tsars in Pokrov found a sign from the Virgin, connected with Russia. The latter happened after the revolution, when it was found the icon of the “Reigning” and many people saw this as a sign of worries about Russia of the Mother of God.
It is no wonder that the day was the Day of the Protection of russkihmonarhistov. The history of the establishment of this holiday is. In the midst of revolution, October 1, 1906 in Kiev, opened the 3rd All-Russian Congress of Russian People. It was attended by about 500 Russian patriots reactionaries who represented 74 monarchist organizations from 60 provinces and cities of the Russian Empire: St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev, Odessa, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Kharkov, Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan, Bryansk, Kursk, Orel, Saratov, Yaroslavl, Irkutsk, Pochaev, and other towns and villages. The Congress was supported by a number of monarchist organization of the Empire, the Orthodox clergy. Encouraging telegram sent on. John of Kronstadt.
“Enthusiastically watching the speeches and acts of Congress, and I thank the Lord with all your heart, and smilostivshegosya over Russia gathered near the cradle of Russian Christianity, the faithful of his unanimous for protection of the Faith, Tsar and Fatherland”.
It was decided to write the icon “Holy Virgin monarchical.” The history of the icon associated with the fate of the monarchist movement in Russia. In 1907, the monarchy holiday widely celebrated in different cities in both capitals. In 1909, on the eve of the decree of Nicholas II has been announced to raise funds for the construction of the cathedral Feodorovsky to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty.
The last mention of the icon refers to May 1912, when it was used at the V Congress of the Black Hundreds in the prayer service in the Hall of the Noble Assembly in St. Petersburg, then lost track of it. It is believed that before the change of power in Russia, it remained in the Church of the Annunciation at the house (now the Philharmonic. Shostakovich), and then came to the Museum of the History of Religion.
Today we can not say exactly where this icon. Next it leads to the Museum of the History of Religion, but there it does not show.