Bells of Repentance for the Church on the Blood of the Royal Martyrs
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July 17, 2003 will mark 85 years from the date of the tragic murder in Ekaterinburg of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his family the Empress Alexandra, Grand Prince Alexei, Grand Princesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, and their faithful servants an event that changed the course of Russias history and divided the Russian people.
Today, at the site where the royal family was murdered, a temple is being constructed in the name of All Saints Who Have Shone Forth In Russia. Its consecration, slated for the eve of this sad anniversary, will signify in an especially striking way Christs triumph over evil and death, Russias rebirth from Communism, and the survival of Orthodoxy into the third millennium.
The zvonnitsa, or bell-tower of the temple will be equipped with a set of 16 bells cast at the Pyatkov & Co. foundry in nearby Kamensk-Uralskij. The weight of the two largest bells the blagovest and the polyeley will be 8,250 kgs (18,200 lbs) and 4,880 kg (10,800 lbs) respectively. Pyatkov & Co. will cast many of the bells free of charge, but the rest will need to be cast by subscription.
For this reason, in June 2002, Archbishop Vikentii of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturie blessed the famous modern poet and singer Alexander Novikov to initiate a fundraising drive entitled Bells of Repentance to raise money for the churchs bells.
This is not Novikovs first charitable project of this sort. In 1992, he raised funds for bells commemorating the Royal Martyrs, which were installed only last year at a monastery established in Ganina Yama, over the site where the murderers had tried to destroy the remains of the royal family, and where they were rediscovered in 1979.
The new drive aims at acquiring bells for the church located where the royal family was actually shot. Its first success, already realized, was the casting of four alto bells on August 8, 2002, weighing 170, 345, 640, and 1,320 kgs (375, 760, 1,400, and 2,900 lbs) respectively.
However, it is necessary to raise another 6 million rubles or about $200,000 for this project. Its not easy to come by that kind of money in Russia, and Pyatkov & Co. has asked Blagovest Bells to help with the fund drive. Blagovest, for its part, has agreed to serve as a completely transparent pass-through for donations: all the money collected will be sent directly to the foundry and spent solely on casting the bells. The names of donors will be listed at the zvonnitsa (unless anonymity is requested).
All Russians, wherever they live and all their friends are invited and urged to help revive Orthodoxy and all that is best in Russias history. Anything you can give to this project will further Russias spiritual and cultural resurrection.
Blagovest Bells has gotten involved in this campaign because we believe it is not just about nationalism or nostalgia.
Above the shrill din of post-Communist globalism, the modern city needs to hear the martyric witness of the untold millions who died for Christ, including the long-suffering last Russian emperor and his family.
Ekaterinburg's bells of repentance will unite the triumphant cries of Christ's martyrs with the compunctionate song of the living as Russia and indeed the entire human race enters the third millennium after Christ with more than a little temptation towards further destruction.
Here's where you can donate.