Tsar Nicholas II

Tsar Nicholas II

Was the last Tsar of Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. His reign saw the fall of Imperial Russia from being one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse.

Near Sankt Petersburg, on 18 May 1868 was born Tsar Nicholas II, on the feast day of the Holy and Righteous Job. For this reason, the Tsar used to say: “I was born on the feast day of Saint Job, the suffering, and I am doomed to suffer.” After 23 years of reign, on 17 July 1918, the Bolsheviks have executed the last Tsar of Russia, along with the Tsarina and their five children. He was the favorite nephew of Alexander II, who called him “ray of sunshine”. When he was little, he was sent daily to visit his grandfather.

He spent a long time studying, standing out through an extraordinary memory and great intellectual capacity. He studied economic sciences, law and military studies. He did military service in the infantry, cavalry, artillery and the navy. In the fall of 1891, when a severely period of famine fell over Russia, he led at his father’s request, the committee which had to relieve the hardships of those in need. With a burning soul of fervent love for each man, the future Tsar, suffered a lot for its people.

On the death of his father, Tsar Alexander III, Nicholas II accepted the royal service, putting all his hope in the Lord and having good care of his people like a good captain. He tirelessly fought for peace. He was a generous man, constantly concerned about helping those in need. He was busy supporting hospitals and charitable establishments, with money from a personal account. “He has spent for charitable nearly everything he had,” said the Chairman of the Administrative Council of His Majesty. One of his servants said: “His clothes were often repaired. His costumes from the time he was a groom were still worn by him. ”

He had a great power to endure and a great courage. What distinguished him was particularly his full submission to the will of God. Faith in the divine wisdom gave him a calm that never ever left him. “I lived many years near him, said one of his servants, and I have not seen him upset or angry. He was always balanced and calm.” On the occasion of the war with Japan, in 1904, the Tsar has shown a great strength of character, not accepting a shameful peace treaty. The Imperial family was an example of true Christian life. The Lord has blessed their marriage with four daughters: Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia and a son, Alexei.

Forced to abdicate, “for the salvation of Russia and victory against the foreign enemy”, the Tsar and his family had to start their way of the cross, entrusting their lives in the hands of God. They were arrested and exhausted by endless interrogations. The Tsar was accused of high treason, although there was no evidence. They waited end in peace, aware that death was near.

From the prison where she was incarcerated, Olga, the oldest daughter wrote: “My father asked to be told to all those who have remained faithful and all those who may be influenced by them not to seek revenge because of him. He forgave them all and prayed for the,. We should all be aware that the evil which is now in the world will become even stronger and that evil isn’t overcome by evil, but only by love.” The Imperial family was murdered by the Bolsheviks on 17 July 1918, which became their day of celebration after they were canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church in August 2000.

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