Exactly a year ago, on the initiative of the President, the construction of the chapel "in Memory of the Holy Royal martyrs" was started on the territory of the military-historical memorial complex "the Bendery fortress". The work, as planned, was completed by the centenary of the execution of the Romanov family. Today, in the presence of the country's leadership, clergy, parishioners who arrived at the chapel by the procession, it was consecrated. The divine Liturgy was celebrated by Archbishop Savva of Tiraspol and Dubossary. In the night prayer, the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II, his wife and children, a medic and three of their servants, whose lives were cut short by the shots fired at 1 am from 16 to 17 July 1918 in the basement of one of the houses of Yekaterinburg, were remembered by name.
Addressing the participants of the commemorative event, Vadim Krasnoselsky spoke about the power of memory, thanks to
which not only temples, but also faith, truth, justice rise from the ruins of nothingness. The execution of the Royal family, he called the first link in the historical chain of tragic events that had to go through a great country. The PMR President reminded about thousands of desecrated and destroyed churches, a huge number of ruined priests and countless number of Orthodox Christians who suffered for their faith. "In three generations, they tried to destroy our faith in God, to make us forget the history, their ancestors, their roots. Fail. It is memory that gives everyone a chance to be saved," said Vadim Krasnoselsky. A huge unifying force is inherent, in his opinion, and the national repentance for the once inhuman crime.
The Head of the Pridnestrovie pay attention and the fact that the destruction of the Royal family has been associated with our region. Vadim Krasnoselsky returned the audience to the times more than a century ago, when the Romanovs visited the left Bank of the Dniester. Nicholas II was here four times. On may 8, 1916 the Emperor, his wife and children prayed in the Bender Church of St. Alexander Nevsky. "Today at the same place we offer a prayer for them," said Vadim Krasnoselsky. He stressed that the vaults of the temple in the sad times of the God-fighting leveled to the ground, but faith and memory helped to raise again to heaven its revived dome.
The history of the Church, built in the XIX century, destroyed in the twentieth century and revived in the twenty-first, with the direct participation of the current head of state, and at that time (2008) – the Minister of internal Affairs of the PMR, is reflected in the book "Guardian of the Bendery fortress". It was presented as part of the memorable event that took place tonight. Archpriest Anatoly Kalmyk, the author and rector of the Church, made a presentation of the edition, which was issued in an initial edition of 300 copies. According to him, the data presented on 238 pages was collected bit by bit in the archives of Russia, Moldova and, of course, Pridnestrovie. The materials provided by the Tiraspol-Dubossary diocese, the Ministry of interior of the "Bendery fortress". In total, the compilers named 93 sources of information. The brightly illustrated book describes in detail various milestones in the history of one of the oldest temples of the Pridnestrovie region, under the arches of which are turned to God as ordinary Bendery, and sovereigns, who played a prominent role in the history of Russia.
The creators of the historical book, as well as those who, in the opinion of the country's leadership, made a special contribution to the preservation and development of spiritual and moral traditions in Pridnestrovie, awarded medals, awarded honorary titles. Deserved awards were presented to them personally by the President of PMR. The Archbishop of Tiraspol and Dubossary Savva called such an assessment of God-pleasing activity an advance, which requires even more zealous service.
His Eminence, in turn, presented the President of the PMR with the medal of St. Tikhon the Patriarch of Russia. According to the Archbishop, to mark this award in honor of the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the Patriarchate in the Russian Orthodox Church is the assignment of the head of the ROC Kirill.