He who places his hope on thee, O Virgin all-glorious, will prosper in all he does.

Inscription on Byzantine coin during reign of Romanus III



Sunday, July 20, 2008

Russian Royal Family

If any of you are uncomfortable with Orthodoxy's glorification of Czar Nicholas II and his family owing to your republican political leanings, run to Gabriel's important posting on the Royal Martyrs. It's not about politics, after all.

I'd be remiss without mentioning Father Stephen's recounting of the remarkable appearance of the Royal Family to some non-Orthodox during a car accident. I've linked to this posting previously.

4 comments:

fatherstephen said...

The article on the Russian Royals was fascinating? The comment before yours or so about the Soviet Hesychasts (or whatever) was a strange rant. Have you ever run across such before?

Visibilium said...

Fr. Stephen,

The place of the Royal Martyrs within Orthodoxy is prone to misunderstanding. On the one hand, we've got folks who embrace the Royals right off the bat because these folks believe that monarchy is a divinely-sanctioned form of government. On the other hand, we've got folks who are turned off by Orthodoxy's seeming endorsement of divinely-sanctioned tyranny. I appreciated Gabriel's treatment because he confronted this misunderstanding.

I liked your anecdote about the Royals' saving people in a car accident. I've had an encounter with another Royal Martyr/Passionbearer, and I am always interested in hearing about saints' activities in the physical world.

Regarding the strange rant, I looked at the fellow's website. He certainly has a strange obsession with Greek Orthodox and appears to favor a Greek Protestant-type evangelical church. I've certainly heard folks articulate conspiracy theories targeting particular nationalities, but this is the first that I've heard of one directed at the Greeks.

Andrew said...

'I've had an encounter with another Royal Martyr/Passionbearer, and I am always interested in hearing about saints' activities in the physical world.'

Do tell.

Visibilium said...

The saint involved was St. Edward, an English king, who's on the Russian calendar.