Art and Faith

Friday, 31 October 2008

Vladimir Pervunensky. The Last Tsar of Russia. 2006

The Last Tsar of Russia

Vladimir Pervunensky

2006

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Of course, this is an equestrian portrait of Royal Martyr Tsar St Nikolai Aleksandrovich the Passionbearer (1868-1918). He’s in front of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. We in America have a special reason to hold Tsar St Nikolai in veneration. Many of the earliest Orthodox churches in this country were built using funds from the tsar’s privy purse. If it weren’t for this aid, there’d be no Orhtodoxy in America today. There are factions in Orthodoxy in this country that minimise Tsar St Nikolai’s role in our history. They shouldn’t be listened to and we should give them short shrift.

BMD

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