Art and Faith

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Yelena Cherkasova. The Imperial Family. undated

The Imperial Family

Yelena Cherkasova


Sunday, 25 April 2010

Pavel Ryzhenko. The Ipatiev House. The Morning After: From the Triptych “Imperial Golgotha”. 2004

The Ipatiev House: The Morning After (From the Triptych “Imperial Golgotha”)

Pavel Ryzhenko



The Ipatiev House was the site of the execution of the Royal Martyrs on 4/17 July 1918. Need I say more?


Sunday, 27 December 2009

The Revival in Bricks and Mortar…

I translated a piece about St Hilarion Troitsky the New Martyr on VFR, and these illustrations of modern Russian churches came to mind. There are many new churches throughout Russia… some dedicated to new saints, some to the old standbys. So, here’s a representative selection. The revival shall not be televised… the revival shall be LIVE.


Church on Spilt Blood in Honour of All the Saints Resplendent in All the Russian Lands (Khram-na-Krovi vo imya Vsyekh Svyatykh v zemle Rossiskoi prosyiyavshikh: Храм-на-Крови во имя Всех святых, в земле Российской просиявших)

Yekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk Oblast. Urals Federal District) RF


Cathedral of St Sergei of Radonezh

Yugorsk (Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. Urals Federal District) RF


Church of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia

Alapaevsk (Sverdlovsk Oblast. Urals Federal District) RF


Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Kaliningrad (Kaliningrad Oblast. Northwestern Federal District) RF


A church in Carpatho-Russia

Mukačevo (Zakarpatia Oblast) (currently under Ukrainian occupation)

Pray for the beleaguered Orthodox believers of Carpatho-Russia as the Uniates and Galician nationalists persecute them. Pray for their leader, Fr Dmitri Sidor, who has been beaten by the CIA-trained goons of Yushchenko.


St John of Kronshtadt Church

St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF


GULag Memorial Chapel

Komi Republic (Northwestern Federal District) RF


Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF

It’s the largest single church in Orthodoxy… it’s the Mother Church of all Russian Orthodox Christians… blown up in 1931, replaced by a swimming pool, it was rebuilt in the 90s. A fitting ending to this montage, no?


Sunday, 26 October 2008

Ivan Makarov. The Sermon on the Mount (Christ Blessing the Imperial Family). 1889

The Sermon on the Mount (Christ Blessing the Imperial Family)

Ivan Makarov



This painting is a religious allegory. To the right of Christ, one can see Tsar Aleksandr Aleksandrovich (ruled 1881-94) with his family. To the immediate left of the tsar is Tsarevich Nikolai Aleksandrovich, who later became tsar (ruled 1894-1917) and was martyred, along with his family and four servants, in 1918 in Yekaterinburg by the Reds (he was canonised in 2000 by the Moscow Patriarchate as a Holy Passionbearer). Of course, it symbolises the fact that the Church was supportive of the tsar and blessed his rule. Tsar Aleksandr was a genuinely pious man and he passed his faith on to his son, who was, perhaps, the most spiritually-minded tsar in Russian history. Aleksandr Aleksandrovich was an unpretentious man who knew his limitations. That is, he was truly humble. He took no guff from anyone, but, he offered no abuse to anyone else either. In short, he was a good Christian ruler, well worth emulating. A man who embodied the best of monarchy and autocracy, I say. We need such today.

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