60,000 faithful venerated relics of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr in Urals

This year’s Royal Days celebrations in the Urals were especially important and festive, with the 100th anniversary of the execution of the holy Royal Martyrs being celebrated on July 17, and the execution of St. Elizabeth the Grand Duchess and sister of Tsarina Alexandra, the Nun Barbara, and Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich Romanov, the Princes Ioann Konstantinovich, Konstantin Konstantinovich, Igor Konstantinovich, and Vladimir Pavlovich Paley, and Grand Duke Sergei's secretary Fyodor Remez being celebrated on July 18.

The annual Royal Days international festival of Orthodox culture is dedicated to the anniversary of the death of the family of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II. The festival ran from July 12 to 21 this year, and was headed by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill.

The main celebration was the nighttime Liturgy and cross procession in honor of the Royal Martyrs, in which 100,000 faithful from around the world participated.

Another highlight of the festive days was the veneration of the relics of St. Elizabeth the Grand Duchess and New Martyr in Ekaterinburg and Alapaevsk. About 60,000 faithful came out to show their love and veneration for the holy martyr, reports the Diocese of Ekaterinburg.

Source: http://orthochristian.com