New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia

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The '''[[New Martyrs]] and [[Confessor]]s of Russia''' were Orthodox Faithful who suffered during the Soviet period (1917 to 1991) for their faith.
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The [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia]] [[Glorification|glorified]] the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia in 1981.  Immediately following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the [[Church of Russia|Russian Church]] under the leadership of  [[Alexei II (Ridiger) of Moscow|Patriarch Alexei II]] began glorifying some of the New Martyr's, beginning with [[Elizabeth the New Martyr|the Grand Duchess Elizabeth]], [[Vladimir (Bogoyavlensky) of Kiev and Gallich|Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev]], and Metropolitan Benjamin of Petrograd in 1992.<ref>Timothy Ware, The Orthodox Church, New Edition, (London: Penguin Books, 1997), p. 164, see also [http://www.allsaintsofamerica.org/martyrs/nmruss.html New Martyrs, Confessors, and Passion-Bearers of Russia]</ref> In 2000, the All-Russian Council glorified Tsar [[Nicholas II of Russia|Nicholas II]] and his family, as well as many other New Martyrs.<ref>Sophia Kishkovsky, [http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/05/16/europe/16russ.php?page=2 Russian Orthodox Church is set to mend a bitter schism], International Herald Tribune, May 16, 2007; [http://www.stetson.edu/~psteeves/relnews/0008f.html#31 Second day of bishops' council: Nicholas' canonization approved], Communications Service, Department of External Church Relations, Moscow Patriarchate, 14 August 2000</ref>  More names continue to be added to list of New Martyrs, after the  Synodal Canonization Commission completes its investigation of each case.<ref>Maxim Massalitin,[http://www.pravoslavie.ru/enarticles/040106180408 The New Martyrs Unify Us: Interview with Archpriest Georgy Mitrofanov, participant of the All-Diaspora Pastoral Conference in Nyack (December 8-12, 2003)], Pravoslavie.ru, December 13, 2003</ref>
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The Russian Church celebrates the feast of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia on the Sunday nearest [[January 25]]th (o.s.) / February 7th (n.s.) -- the date Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev's martyrdom (the first Hieromartyr of the Bolshevik Yoke).
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'''Troparion:'''
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:Tone 4: O ye holy hierarchs, royal passion-bearers and pastors, /
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:monks and laymen, men, women and children, /
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:ye countless new-martyrs, confessors, /
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:blossoms of the spiritual meadow of Russia, /
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:who blossomed forth wondrously in time of grievous persecutions /
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:bearing good fruit for Christ in your endurance: /
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:Entreat Him, as the One that planted you, /
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:that He deliver His people from godless and evil men, /
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:and that the Church of Russia /
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:be made steadfast through your blood and suffering, //
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:unto the salvation of our souls.
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'''Kontakion:'''
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:Tone 2:  O ye new passion-bearers of Russia, /
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:who have with your confession finished the course of this earth, /
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:receiving boldness through your sufferings: /
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:Beseech Christ Who strengthened you, /
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:that we also, whenever the hour of trial find us /
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:may receive the gift of courage from God.  /
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:For ye are a witness to us who venerate your struggle, /
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:that neither tribulation, prison, nor death //
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:can separate us from the love of God.
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==Notes==
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==External Links==
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*[http://www.allsaintsofamerica.org/martyrs/nmruss.html New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia (Icon and Explanation of the Icon)]
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*[http://www.orthodox.net/russiannm/index.html The Lives of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia]
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[[Category:Martyrs]]
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[[Category:Russian Saints]]
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[[Category:Saints]]
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