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... I just hope they get the correct remains of GD Ella...  

Which begs the questions: Is this really Ella's body?

There was the controversial testing done at Stanford University in 2004 with an alleged finger of Ella that was obtained by Bishop Anthony Grabbe during the opening of her coffin in Jerusalem in 1982. The DNA did not match. The Stanford team concluded the remains of the Imperial Family were not authentic. The counter-argument is that the finger isn't really from Ella. 

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna / Re: Books on Grand Duchess Elizabeth
« on: February 27, 2013, 12:32:44 AM »
There is a children's book in English that came out this month on the life of Saint Elizabeth. It came out in Romanian on November 2012.
It is titled HOLY NEW MARTYR ELIZABETH, GRAND DUCHESS OF RUSSIA by Catalin Grigore, illustrated by Adela Maria Callistru.
You can obtain it through  Saint Nectarios Press:
Here are links I found in Romanian which show some pictures from the book: and

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna / Re: Books on Grand Duchess Elizabeth
« on: October 28, 2010, 01:33:48 PM »
On the official website of the Martha-Mary Convent is posted a news item about a new book of Saint Elizabeth and her visits to the Kazan region:

It is also on the website for the Eparchy of Kazan:

Here are two videos of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill's recent visit to Alapaevsk including the mine shaft where Saints Elizabeth and Barbara were martyred:

The relic is actually a part of the shoulder bone, not of the arm.
I am almost 100% certain that the relic will be placed in the reliquary "tomb" below the window located on the wrist of the icon, since this was the intention for building the "tomb".
Yes, the reliquary "tomb" is located in the main church of convent.

I am curious if the same has been done for Saint Barbara.

The website for the Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow has been updated. Check it out:

Today, major relics (the shoulder bones) of Saints Elizabeth and Barbara were enshrined during the centenary celebration at the Martha and Mary connvent in Moscow.

You can see photos of the event here:

Well, it looks like Prince Charles did not attend the celebration.
There are several news videos in Russian on-line of the celebration and none of them show him attending.
Princess Margarita of Baden is shown and interviewed.

does anyone know if the remains of her niece, princesse Alice of Greece, are still near those of the GDE?

sorry if this has been already answered elsewhere.

Yes, her remains are still there.

There has been some controversy recently about the transfer of a portion of relics of Saints Elizabeth and Barbara from Saint Mary Magdalene Church in Jerusalem where their relics are kept to Saints Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow:

One report states that the nuns of Saint Mary Magdalene Church were pressured by Moscow to hand over the relics:

Yet, the nuns themselves state that such a report is false and that the handover of relics was done in good faith and after consultation:

The Imperial Family / Re: Imperial Icons
« on: August 04, 2009, 05:53:39 PM »
Here is another icon that has not been posted previously:

The accompanying caption states:

This relic was a gift from Schema Metropolitan Symeon of the Holy Royal Martyrs, Old Calendar Russian Orthodox Church. The document attests to the fact  “that a fragment of a bone relic of His Imperial Majesty, Tsar Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov was taken and placed in a reliquary together with a relic of a piece of the gown of Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna Romanov.” This one of a kind Icon of the Martyrs Nicholas and Alexandra was hand painted in Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia.


08 June 2009, 18:38
Top Russian law office rehabilitates the saint Great Duchess Yelizaveta Fyodorovna Romanova

Moscow, June 8, Interfax - Russia's Office of the Prosecutor General said on Monday that it had rehabilitated some of the members of Russia's imperial house of Romanov who fell victim to Bolshevik repressive rule.

The office rehabilitated Grand Dukes Michael Alexandrovich, Sergey Mikhailovich, Konstantin Konstantinovich and Igor Konstantinovich Romanov, Grand Duchess Yelizaveta Fyodorovna Romanova, and Princes Ioann Konstantinovich and Igor Konstantinovich Romanov, office spokeswoman Marina Gridneva told Interfax.

"An analysis of archive materials warrants the conclusion that all the persons who have been listed fell victim to repressive measures in the form of arrest, deportation and being under the surveillance of the Bolshevik security agency without being charged with any specific crime and for class and social reasons," Gridneva said.

Others who were rehabilitated by the same order were Yelena Petrovna Romanova, Vladimir Palei, Varvara Yakovleva, Yekaterina Yanysheva, Fyodor Remez, Ivan Kalin, Krukovsky, Dr. Gelmerson, and Nikolay (Brian) Johnson.

The Great Duchess Elisabeth (Yelizaveta Fyodorovna Romanova), a granddaughter of British Queen Victoria, has founded Sts Martha and Mary Convent of Mercy in Moscow in February 1909. She refused to leave Russia during revolutionary days and was arrested in spring of 1918 and martyred in a duffer not far from Alapayevsk. The convent existed until 1926. Restoration works started eighty years after.

The rehabilitation order followed an appeal to the Office of the Prosecutor General from Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, who claims headship of today's Romanovs' House.

Maria Vladimirovna had asked for the rehabilitation of Mikhail Alexandrovich, who was shot dead in Perm on June 13, 1918, and Yelizaveta Fyodorovona, Sergey Mikhailovich, Konstantin Konstantinovich, Ioann Konstantinovich and Igor Konstantinovich, who were thrown down a mine in Alapayevsk on July 18, 1918.

"The persons who are mentioned," said lawyer German Lukyanov, "were kept in custody, deported from St. Petersburg, and then put to death on behalf of the state because, from the viewpoint of the state authorities of the RSFSR [Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic], they were recognized to be socially dangerous for the Soviet totalitarian state and political system."

"All the persons who are mentioned were members of the Russian Imperial House. And the very fact that they were part of the imperial house was a sufficient reason for the Bolsheviks to put them to death," Lukyanov said.

On October 1, 2008, the Presidium of the Russian Supreme Court rehabilitated last Russian tsar Nicholas II and his immediate family, who were executed by a Bolshevik firing squad on July 17, 1918.

i cant open them.. oh i wish i could see them

Do you have Realplayer or Windows Media Player? You will need either one to play the video.

It's better to download the video to your computer than opening the link directly. 

Here's how to do it:

1) Right-click on the link
2) Choose "save target as.."
3) Select where you want to save the file. I would also suggest renaming the file at this point as well.
4) It will take a while to download depending on your computer.
5) When it finishes downloading, then you can open it to view the video.

I hope this helps. 

Let me know if you still can't view them.

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