Dear Parish Faithful and Friends in Christ,
Martyr of the Communist Yoke
Last Saturday, July 18, we commemorated the Venerable Martyr and Grand Duchess Elizaveta (Elizabeth) Feodorovna. She was truly a remarkable woman who died as a martyr as the hands of the Bolsheviks on that date in 1918. Her extraordinary life and her many accomplishments have been well-recorded through the years. I focused on her within the homily at yesterday's Liturgy. I have included here a brief synopsis of her life as found on the OCA webpage.
For those who would want to be more acquainted with her life, I have the following link to a book from her primary biographer, Lubov Millar: Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia
There is also a new-published children's version of her life with wonderful illustrations, found at the link below. This life is from a excellent series of saint's lives from the hand of a Romanian Orthodox Christian and illustrator. I read their version of the Life of St. Nektarios, and it was very well-done: Holy New Martyr Elizabeth, Grand Duchess of Russia