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Having Fun! / Re: Most handsome man
« on: August 30, 2006, 06:44:23 AM »
It is true that Alexei Nikolaevich's spiritual qualities were paralleled by his delightful appearance, as one of his own contemporaries reminisced.

Having Fun! / Re: Your Top Ten Most Interesting Royals and Why
« on: August 29, 2006, 10:03:54 PM »
Here we are in no particular order:

Peter the Great/Alexei Petrovich:   Apart from their individual complexities, the father/son dynamics are spectacular, catastrophic and pivotal.

Princess Ileana of Romania:  Took quite a journey from being the sweet little girl that took a shine to the little Tsarevich and the woman who did whatever she had to to being the sensitive monastic and author.

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother:  an heroic life, graciously lived besides.

Emperor Constantine the Great:  call him a saint, or call him opportunistic - he still changed the world and oversaw an Ecumenical Council by making Christianity legal in the Roman Empire.

All thwarted little princes from King Tutankhamen to Pu-Yi - including the princes in the tower, Louis XVII and dear Alexei Nikolaevich.  Gotta feel for these little fellows who happened to be in the way of grownup usurpers and regime changers.

Amenophis IV/Akhnaton and Nefertiti - the romantic tale of a new religion becomes more complex with political spins and mysteries of what really happened in the end.

Alexander the Great - now imagine if he had made one false move....

King Arthur - whether or not he existed, an entire legend had to be based on something.

What this really should have been, then, was a thread in terms of the Russian custom:  'I congratulate you upon the 102nd anniversary of the birth of the Tsesarevich-Martyr Alexei Nikolaevich'.   It would be less ammunition for detractors if enthusiasts were to share a favorite picture, a favorite anecdote, a poem, perhaps, than to imagine one were addressing the little saint himself. (though not inappropriate for Orthodox Christians to ask for his prayers!)  Perhaps on his 103rd birthday, that might be done.  Interestingly, the centenary in 2004 did not serve as an occasion for bashing his admirers

I have noticed that certain people - in spite of fine contributions elsewhere on this discussion board - never seem to miss an opportunity to tease or ridicule the more enthusiastic young admirers of this most exemplary child.

The Tsarevich-Martyr was a child.  He also acted very grown up for a child by the time he was put to the test.  That included Alexei Nikolaevich's patience and forebearance.  This whole episode has been blown out of proportion.

I am sorry if I offended anyone here with an earlier remark.  I revere the memory of St. Tsarevich Alexei with all my heart and on his birthday I privately read the Akathist that has been written to him.

Sung to the tune of 'Mysterious Ways' by U2

'It's all right, it's all right, all right...

I just couldn't resist - and who wants to wait for an appropriate moment on the Tammet threads? 8)  Here's to more substantial discussions of that brave little fellow and the significance of his life in the coming year.

Having Fun! / Re: You know you're hotwired to this board if...
« on: July 09, 2006, 04:12:14 PM »
If at the keyboard you tend to follow a new spelling rule - 'E before I when following an X'.  ;)

St. Tsarevich Alexei would have loved these early birthday wishes.  His birthday falls on July 30th on the Julian calendar he grew up with, and August 12th on the Gregorian calendar most of us are familiar with.

Having Fun! / Re: A Cup of Tea With....
« on: June 26, 2006, 07:45:08 PM »
The Empress and her son, on a day he was on the mend, feeling a bit better, but, alas, still in bed.  Caregivers and sufferers could always use a break in the routine.  We could talk about her spiritual reading and the lives of the Saints, but in a fashion that would also encourage Alexei Nikolaevich.  We could also draw with him and read to him - as it seems to me he always liked better to listen than to have to concentrate on the printed page or to write.

Grand Duchess Anastasia - St. Anastasia the Deliverer from Potions

There are quite a few saints of the name of Anastasia:

St. Anastasia, martyred in Rome circa the year 65.

St. Anastasia, martyred in Rome circa the year 257.

St. Anastasia, martyred in Palmaria, Italy circa the year 304. Orthodox name day is December 22.

St. Anastasia the Patrician, died in Egypt in the 6th century.

For whom was the Grand Duchess named?


Dear David -

The Grand Duchess' name day fell on December 22nd.

Forgive me, but I, too, have seen a picture of the icon Georgiy mentions.  This icon is pictured in the <i>Nicholas and Alexandra</i> exhibition book, and its provenance is described there.   Presented to the Emperor and Empress during the Tercentenary of the Dynasty, it is a typical example of an icon of 'Chosen Saints':  all the saints for whom members of a family were named for shown on one icon, or at least an icon of the patron saints of a husband and wife, sometimes given as a wedding or anniversary present.  The reigning Emperors and Empresses of Russia sometimes received such anachronistic sacred images.  Sts. Alexander Nevsky and Mary Magdalene are depicted on an icon presented to Tsar Alexander III and Empress Marie Feodorovna in that same exhibition book.

The 'Chosen Saints' icon is well executed and very charming:  St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and the first St. Empress Alexandra flank a central display, and as if looking from a balcony above them, we can see the patron saints  of the Tsarevich and the Grand Duchesses in a row with St. Metropolitan Alexei in the center.

Tsar-Martyr Nicholas was named for St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, and his name day was on December 6/19.  

The Empress was named for that other Empress Alexandra who followed in the train of the Great-Martyr and Wonderworker St. George, and her name day was May 6th.

Our St. Alexei the Tsarevich may have been named after Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich, but the boy's patron saint was St. Alexei the Wonderworker, Metropolitan of Moscow.  His name day was October 5/18.  Some of his name days came when he was sick in bed, but the one he spent at Mogilev was happy, spent with cadets in his 'Youngsters' Regiment' as well as with his family who had come to visit him and his father.

Grand Duchess Olga - St. Olga, Equal to the Apostles.  

Grand Duchess Tatiana - St. Tatiana the Martyr - January 25.

Grand Duchess Maria - St. Mary Magdalene, woman disciple and Myrrh-bearer, out of whom the Saviour cast seven devils - July 22

Grand Duchess Anastasia - St. Anastasia the Deliverer from Potions

Forgive me, the list is not complete...  - p.

It is for this very reason, knowing how the boy suffered, that the eleventh kontakion of the akathist to this innocent child-martyr is heartbreaking to read and to attempt to translate.  That stanza speaks of how after a life with many days spent forced to lie in bed recuperating from illness, Alexei Nikolaevich lay prostrate and helpless on the floor of the cellar room in the Ipatiev House, unable to fend off his death.

O sweetest child!  O glory of Russia!  O invincible right of dominion!  In this you remind us of how Christ the Bridegroom, God Himself, was stretched upon the Cross; therefore to Him we sing Alleluia.'

Nikitin aimed and fired, though he could not really bear to harm Alexei, and it was left to Yurovsky and Ermakov to deal the young Tsarevich the most savage blows.

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Another story of Russian children slain involved two nameless little boys who were shot in cold blood for daring to bring water to prisoners left by the CHEKA to die of thirst.

Whatever happened to Alexei Nikolaevich's cadet friends at Mogilev, Vassili Agaev and Yevgeny Makarov?  I thought I had read in the book 'A Lifelong Passion' that the Royal Martyrs had heard these two boys were killed in separate incidents during the first days of the Revolution.  

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Abdication
« on: June 17, 2006, 11:43:48 AM »
Well meaning and loving, yes.  A slap in the face to those the Emperor wished not to have his dear son brought up by, perhaps.  Legal, perhaps not.  

Moot, alas, certainly, as Tsar Alexei reigned for only a few terrible moments, outstretched upon the floor of a Siberian cellar, mortally wounded already at the hands of the brute Ermakov.  In the end Yurovsky did not miss, and the dynasty ended with this poor young man's death in 1918.  

For years Mr. Kendrick has challenged anyone who opposes the Heino Tammet claim to disprove it, either by doing the legwork he himself should do by contacting Drs. Ivanov and Gill about the results of one of several DNA tests that were never finished or by finding the poor Tsarevich in the Koptiyaki Forest.  

How should this tiresome claim be settled once and for all?   It is obvious Tammet was not Alexei Nikolaevich, and that one cannot believe everything one reads in print about Tammet's illness as opposed to Alexei's....

Imperial Claimants Post Here / Re: The Heino Tammet case
« on: June 04, 2006, 10:06:49 PM »
It is not up to a priest to pass judgment on one of his parishioners for what he has confessed or what he has failed to confess.  There is always hope of salvation.  Ernst Heino Tammet-Veerman took a legal name belonging to the boy whose identity he took, and with that name he was buried.

Perhaps the silence adds up to all these eminent individuals either *not* having the funds to finish the project or *not* feeling the remaining claimants worth any more bother when it was found that none of them had the hemophilia gene carried by the Empress Alexandra.  How any claimant could expect the work to be done for free, in impoverished post-Soviet Russia, is breathtaking....

It would be cheaper to have a fresh test done, as the FA says.

All this trouble sifting through garbage on behalf of someone who didn't have Alexei's nose, brows, ears, eyes or mouth in the first place....  *shaking head*.  Why?  Just because he made local news?  

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