St. Alexandra and St. Anastasia of Kiev....who's who?
Posted 04 August 2011 - 01:17 PM
I am confused by the icon images of a St. Alexandra, Tsaritsa and Sister of Mercy.
There seems to be a mix of 2 very different ladies here. The most common image of St. Alexandra, sister of mercy perhaps should actually be St. Anastasia of Kiev who was a Sister Of Mercy. She was also a Grand Duchess but not executed and had only 2 boys unlike the first who had only one son and 4 daughters and all executed with Nicholas. The Tsaritsa was NOT a Sister of Mercy as far as I can tell.
It seems we have several images that are a mix of these 2 ladies, St. Alexandra (Alexandra Feodorovna (Alix of Hesse)) and St. Anastasia (Grand Duchess Alexandra Petrovna Romanova).
So...whats correct? I have an icon commission and I cna't seem to reconcile this.
Thanks in advance.
Posted 04 August 2011 - 02:24 PM
Fr David Moser
Posted 05 August 2011 - 12:46 PM
Posted 05 August 2011 - 01:46 PM
Posted 05 August 2011 - 02:11 PM
Thanks Father. I believe you of course but I did not find much literature that supported that. As matter of fact, the literature was not terribly kind about her at all. She did not sound like the kind of gal who would have done this. I will have to find more information.
What that tells me is that you have been reading the soviet influenced secular literature about the Tsar Martyrs. The world really sought not only to kill them physically but to completely destroy their memory by distorted reminiscences. Let me suggest that you read some Orthodox sources. It's been a long time since I read it, but as I recall Massie's historical novel "Nicholas and Alexandra" is a good source. I can certainly recommend Radzinsky's "The Last Tsar". To read about the Tsar and Tsaritsa in their own words, read "A Lifelong Passion" which is a collection of letters and excerpts from the diaries of Nichaolas and Alexandra as well as their close family members. There is also the booklet entitled "The Royal Martyr Sisters" about Elizabeth and Alexandra compiled by Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes (a GOA clergyman). The material published around the glorification of the New Martyrs back in early 90's in various publications (specifically "Orthodox Life", "Living Orthodoxy", "Orthodox America") some of which is available online - and some of which you will have to search out in magazine archives. In any case, I would suggest that, for a true spiritual portrait of the Royal Martyrs, that you avoid secular histories and biographies and search out the Church sources.
Fr David Moser
Edited by Father David Moser, 05 August 2011 - 04:20 PM.
Posted 05 August 2011 - 10:47 PM
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