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St. Martyr Elizabeth or Saint Elizabeth the New Martyr - icon from church factory Sofrino


The icon of St. Martyr Elizabeth , made in church factory Sofrino
Size 4,6x5,6 inches (11,5x14 centimeters). There is a stamp of Moskow Patriarchy on the back of Icon.

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St. Elizabeth was born in 1864, the second of seven children.
She was the daughter of Ludwig IV, Grand-Duke of Hessen-Darmstadt and Princess Alice, daughter of Queen Victoria. In 1884, at the age of nineteen, Elizabeth married the Grand Duke Sergei, the son of Emperor Alexander II of Russia in two ceremonies, one Orthodox, the other Lutheran. Although drawn to eastern Christianity, Elizabeth was hesitant to join the Orthodox Church for fear of upsetting her immediate family. After two years of study and prayer, Elizabeth chose by conviction to become an Orthodox Christian. She was received into the faith on the eve of Holy Week in 1891. Of her entire family, only her grandmother, Queen Victoria, offered encouragement and support.
Elizabeth and her companions were imprisoned in Alapayevsk on May 20, 1918, until the fateful night of July 18. It was the feast-day of St. Sergius of Radonezh, her husband's namesday. That night, Elizabeth and Barbara were murdered, along with five members of the Imperial Family and their secretary. The sisters were blindfolded, beaten and thrown alive into a mine-shaft along with the others. Elizabeth was the first to be thrown in. As the soldiers mocked Elizabeth and beat her, she repeated the prayer of Christ, Father, forgive them, they know not what they do. This was also the inscription engraved on the cross she planted at the site of her husbands murder. After pushing their victims in, the soldiers tossed hand grenades down the mine. Like the early Christian martyrs, Elizabeth, mortally wounded, was heard praying and singing hymns to God until the following day.
Troparion Emulating the Lord's self-abasement on earth, overflowing with compassion for the suffering, you gave up royal mansions to serve the poor and disdained. In meekness, you took up a martyr's cross, perfecting the Saviors image within you. O wise Elizabeth, together with your brave companion, Barbara, entreat Christ our God to save us!

Svjataja prepodobnomuchenica velikaja knjaginja Elisaveta Feodorovna byla vtorym rebenkom v sem'e velikogo gercoga Gessen-Darmshtadskogo Ljudviga IV i princessy Alisy, docheri korolevy anglijskoj Viktorii, Ewe odna doch' jetoj chety Alisa stanet vposledstvii imperatricej Rossijskoj Aleksandroj Feodorovnoj.
Na dvadcatom godu zhizni princessa Elisaveta stala nevestoj velikogo knjazja Sergeja Aleksandrovicha, pjatogo syna imperatora Aleksandra II, brata imperatora Aleksandra III. Ona poznakomilas' s buduwim suprugom v detstve, kogda on priezzhal v Germaniju so svoej mater'ju, imperatricej Mariej Aleksandrovnoj, takzhe proishodivshej iz Gessenskogo doma. Do jetogo vse pretendenty na ee ruku poluchali otkaz: princessa Elisaveta v junosti dala obet devstva (bezbrachija). Posle otkrovennoj besedy ee s Sergeem Aleksandrovichem vyjasnilos', chto on tajno dal obet devstva. Po vzaimnomu soglasiju brak ih byl duhovnym, oni zhili kak brat s sestroj.
5 (18) fevralja 1905 goda Sergej Aleksandrovich byl ubit bomboj, broshennoj terroristom Ivanom Kaljaevym. Kogda Elisaveta Feodorovna pribyla k mestu vzryva, tam uzhe sobralas' tolpa. Kto-to popytalsja pomeshat' ej podojti k ostankam supruga, no ona svoimi rukami sobrala na nosilki razbrosannye vzryvom kuski tela muzha.
Poslednie mesjacy svoej zhizni velikaja knjaginja provela v zakljuchenii, v shkole, na okraine goroda Alapaevska, vmeste s velikim knjazem Sergeem Mihajlovichem (mladshim synom velikogo knjazja Mihaila Nikolaevicha, brata imperatora Aleksandra II), ego sekretarem Feodorom Mihajlovichem Remezom, tremja brat'jami Ioannom, Konstantinom i Igorem (synov'jami velikogo knjazja Konstantina Konstantinovicha) i knjazem Vladimirom Paleem (synom velikogo knjazja Pavla Aleksandrovicha). Konec byl blizok. Matushka-nastojatel'nica gotovilas' k jetomu ishodu, posvjawaja vse vremja molitve.
Glubokoj noch'ju 5 (18) ijulja 1918 g., v den' obretenija mowej prepodobnogo Sergija Radonezhskogo, velikuju knjaginju Elisavetu Feodorovnu vmeste s drugimi chlenami imperatorskogo doma brosili v shahtu starogo rudnika. Kogda ozverevshie palachi stalkivali velikuju knjaginju v chernuju jamu, ona proiznosila molitvu, darovannuju Raspjatym na Kreste Spasitelem mira: Gospodi, prosti im, ibo ne znajut, chto delajut (Lk. 23. 34). Zatem chekisty nachali brosat' v shahtu ruchnye granaty. Odin iz krest'jan, byvshij svidetelem ubijstva, govoril, chto iz glubiny shahty slyshalos' penie Heruvimskoj. Ee peli novomucheniki Rossijskie pered perehodom v vechnost'. Skonchalis' oni v strashnyh stradanijah, ot zhazhdy, goloda i ran.

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