On a religious procession in Ekaterinburg expect 100 thousand people

© RIA Novosti / Alexey Filippovskaya. Archival photoOn a religious procession in Ekaterinburg expect 100 thousand people© RIA Novosti / Alexey Filippov

It is expected that the procession, which will take place on the night of 17 July in Yekaterinburg in memory of the 100th anniversary of the death of the Royal family, will gather 100 thousand people, told reporters on Friday, senior priest of the Temple-on-Blood father Maxim changers.

«It’s a procession, which attracts thousands of people. And this year we expect a huge number of pilgrims, who thus participate in the service, the Liturgy at the Temple-on-Blood from 16 to 17, under the open sky, the service will be headed by the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill, and then the procession back to the 20 plus miles to Ganina Yama – to commemorate the Royal family and will be that way, which were taken 100 years ago, the remains of the Holy Royal martyrs and their faithful satellites», — he said.

«We have to assume analytically and is called the figure of 100 thousand people,» — said the moneychanger on the question of the number of participants in the procession.

He added that people especially take time to come to Yekaterinburg to take part in the procession. It is expected the participation of pilgrims from Australia, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, the UK and other countries.

According to changers, this also will be a small procession, which will be able to participate children and those who are not sure will be able to pass a large procession.

International festival of Orthodox culture «Royal days», dedicated to the centennial of the death of the family of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II, held in Yekaterinburg from 12 to 21 July. It is planned that in these days in Yekaterinburg will be attended by the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill. In the events is also planned participation of the head of Russian Imperial house of Romanov Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and Prince Paul Kulikovskii-Romanov, said the moneychanger. According to him, the Princess and the Prince will take part in the celebrations and worship services.

Members of the Royal family, their doctor Evgeny Botkin, and three servants were executed in the night of 17 July 1918 in the house of engineer Ipatiev in Yekaterinburg. In the Soviet period among researchers of the death of the Romanovs there were different assumptions about what became of the remains. The investigator Nikolai Sokolov, who launched the investigation in 1919, came to the conclusion that all 11 bodies were destroyed by burning and the effects of sulfuric acid in the area of Ganina Yama.