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Offline BobAtchison

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Re: Feodorovsky Cathedral
« Reply #45 on: May 20, 2004, 09:53:53 AM »
Here are some pictures Antonio has sent us of paintings underway in the vestibule.



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Re: Feodorovsky Cathedral
« Reply #46 on: June 03, 2004, 07:05:32 AM »
Many thanks for these photos of the cathedral Antonio! And also the one of the Seraphim of Sarov crypt! So touching and beautiful+
Does anyone know what the site of Seraphim's canonization is like now? I've read of the pilgrimage Nicholas and Alexandra made, is it still a spot of pilgrimage? Can one still see the pond that Alexandra was said to have bathed in? Is there a church there?


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Re: Feodorovsky Cathedral
« Reply #47 on: June 10, 2004, 01:09:01 PM »
Just managed to find out that recently the Russian Orthodox church has begun annual pilgrimages to the miraculous springs at Sarov, the last was made last year led by the Patriarch Alexis. Also, a statue of St Seraphim now stands praying on the highway to Sarov itself.
http://www.sandia.gov/ASCI/russia/Images/sightseeing/serafimstatue.jpg

Here is a link to a photo of the statue.

Best wishes :)

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Re: Feodorovsky Cathedral
« Reply #48 on: June 15, 2004, 10:31:08 AM »
While browsing through the Feodorovsky Sobor site, I wonder if Antonio has any photographs of some icons in the upper church.   A remarkable story is attached to the recovery of these particular icons.

Around two years ago, the militia were tipped off that a number of icons had been hidden in the roof of the  carriage of a train travelling to Kiev.    They were being smuggled out of Russia to the west.   Just before the train reached the Russian/Ukrainian border, the police swooped and searched the carriages.   The tip off proved accurate.   The police found over forty ancient icons concealed in the roof space of a carriage.

The icons were givien to Vladika Vladimir, Metropolitan of St Petersburg and Ladoga, who in turn presented them to Father Markell.  

These icons can be found, lined along the wall of the Cathedral on the right as you enter through the great west door.   They will eventually be positioned in appropriate places.   Perhaps some of them have now been placed in the crypt church.

If Antonio did not get photographs, perhaps anyone who is visiting the Cathedral will seek them out.

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Re: Feodorovsky Cathedral
« Reply #49 on: June 15, 2004, 12:03:22 PM »
The event you describe happened in January 2001. I am in St. Petersburg and was today inside of the Sobor and saw only a few, I am told that these icons are being restored. Under the direction of Father Markell the Sobor looks beautiful. The people of Pushkin have done so much for the Sobor, it is amazing!

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Re: Feodorovsky Cathedral
« Reply #50 on: June 15, 2004, 12:42:23 PM »
Dear Cathy

I must say, lucky you.   It is such a special place.   I am so happy to learn the icons are being restored.

The people of Pushkin are remarkable in their generosity.   The Moscow Patriachate has been very supportive and I know that groups in the UK have been generous too.  

Everyone who puts prayer, time, effort or money into the Feodorovsky Sobor is richly rewarded with the certainty their offerings are to the glory of God.

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Re: Feodorovsky Cathedral
« Reply #51 on: June 15, 2004, 08:07:04 PM »
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While browsing through the Feodorovsky Sobor site, I wonder if Antonio has any photographs of some icons in the upper church.   A remarkable story is attached to the recovery of these particular icons.
tsaria


Hello Tsaria,

I´m sorry, but i have not photographs of the upper church. Of course i would have loved to take them but the respect have always prevented me from taking photographs inside the churches. I only did it once, in the beautifully restored Sophia Cathedral, and was really ashamed afterwards.... The photographs of the Fyodorovsky lower church i was encouraged to take by the people in charge of the church.
Whenever i´ve been in the upper church before Alexandra´s icon there were other people praying by my side.

I will try next time!

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Re: Feodorovsky Cathedral
« Reply #52 on: June 16, 2004, 05:59:55 AM »
Dear Antonio

Thank you.   I entirely agree with you - photography is not appropriate in a house of God.  

I hoped it might have been possible to share pictures of these icons which were miraculously retrieved.

tsaria

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Re: Feodorovsky Cathedral
« Reply #53 on: June 17, 2004, 03:27:04 PM »
I am so glad to hear the icons are being restored!

I remember reading somewhere that the priest of the Cathedral kept a diary. Does anyone know if this is correct?

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Re: Feodorovsky Cathedral
« Reply #54 on: June 17, 2004, 03:52:41 PM »
Dear Elisa,

This site might help you.

http://www.serfes.org/royal/pasha.htm


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Re: Feodorovsky Cathedral
« Reply #55 on: October 04, 2004, 05:01:53 AM »
Nicholas II entering the cathedral:

[size=10]An old postcard from http://geglov2.narod.ru - a very illustrative but paralyzingly slow site in Russian[/size]
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Re: Feodorovsky Cathedral
« Reply #56 on: October 05, 2004, 01:37:51 PM »
Many thanks Mike for posting that lovely postcard! :)


PS)It can also be found in the book "The Imperial Residences, the Northern Capital in Old Picture Postcards". A lovely book in English and Russian, available from the Hermitage website, with this postcard, and one of the Feodorovsky Cathedral, as well as many other postcards reproduced of Tsarskoe Selo, including a very nice one of the Station.

PS) A belated thanks to Cathy for the lovely link about the priest's diary! :)
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Re: Feodorovsky Cathedral
« Reply #57 on: October 07, 2004, 12:33:29 PM »
I just returned from my vacation in St. Petersburg. On Thursday, the feast day of "Hope. Love and Faith" I attended services at the Fedorovskii Sobor. The icons along the top of the iconostasis are now fully populated in a step arrangement from the center. Work was ongoing in the upper chapel, so services were held in the lower chapel - what was the Imperial portion before the revolution.

Antonio, they are no longer so free with picture taking. So, you were, indeed, lucky. But no matter - I was there for the service, not tourism.

They took me to the upper chapel to show me the ongoing work and some of the icons there. They showed me one of the icons that someone had tried to smuggle out of the country. I don't know if it was from the train story told above - they only mentioned this one, not 40 some. But, this is the sad thing - it was quite a large icon and it had been cut in half to make it easier for smuggling. So, it has been put back together, but the cut will always be visible.
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Re: Feodorovsky Cathedral
« Reply #58 on: October 18, 2004, 09:46:09 PM »
Great photos Joanna!!

The barehaeded officer greeting the Emperor is Colonel Dmitry Nikolaevich Loman (1868-1918 ), from His Majesty’s Own Combined  Infantry Regiment (“Sobstvennyi Ego Velichestvo Svodnyi Polk”). He was regimental churchwarden (Feodorovsky Sobor was built as regimental church for his regiment and His Majesty’s Cossack Escort). He worked at Feodorovsky Sobor’s construction and decoration,  helping (amongst other things) in collecting old icons, books and ornaments for the church. He later served as Chair of the Construction Committee of the Gorodok. During the War he was in charge of Her Majesty’s “Tsarskoe Selo”  Medical Train No.143 and GD Maria and Anastasia’s Hospital. Apparently the Empress was godmother to Colonel Loman’s son whose Memoirs were published 10 years ago in Petersburg.
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Re: Feodorovsky Cathedral
« Reply #59 on: October 20, 2004, 11:43:52 AM »
Hello, everyone,

Although I have perused this superb site for over a year now, I have only recently begun to enjoy the burgeoning array of topics and posts on its Forum, as well. By a mysterious piece of synchronicity, just this week, I began teaching a new course I created about the last Imperial Family, and - on the same day - found the time to read the posts here about the restored Feodorovsky. Since I am a very quiet, inward believer, the night before the course opened, I had asked the canonised Family for help and blessing, to make my teaching an honorable and just presentation of their history. Not only did I then dream vividly of them - a 'first' in my experience - but, after the class, read here that there are services once more in the Feodorovsky. I had no idea that its resurrection - and I use the word deliberately - was that far advanced, and to see its renewed glory against a backdrop of Bob's pictures of its former desolation was profoundly moving - indeed,
Easter in October. A confirmation that my prayer was heard by those to whom it was sent? Perhaps. I rather think it was.



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