Saint Petersburg/Cincinnati. 21 Aug. INTERFAX – the Canonization of the family of Emperor Nicholas II made it impossible for “ordinary” funeral of the remains of crown Prince Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria, said the head of Association of members of Romanov dynasty Michael Romanov-Ilyinsky.
“Association of members of the Romanov family since the late 90-ies of the last century recognized the remains found in Porosencova the log, the remains of the Imperial family. Many members of the Association participated in the ceremony of burial in 1998 in the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg”, – he said in an interview to “Interfax”.
“Further studies, including those done with the participation of the Russian Orthodox Church have not changed our position. On the contrary, we are convinced that our position is confirmed more and more,” said M. Romanov-Ilyinsky.
“The discovery of the remains of crown Prince Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria in 2007 gave rise to a new question, since in 2000 the Russian Orthodox Church canonized the family as passion-bearers. It means that now we will not be able to hold a “normal” funeral, as was done in 1998″ – said the Agency interlocutor.
“For us it is very important that the Church recognized the remains as those of a Saint. We hope that in the future the remains of Alexei and Maria are buried together with members of their family in the Peter and Paul Cathedral in accordance with the traditions and with the participation of the Church,” he added.
M. Romanov-Ilyinsky became the head of Association of members of the Romanov family after Dmitry Romanovich, who died in late 2016. The Association has elected M. Romanova-Elias, living in USA, your head of 1 August 2017.
Earlier it was reported that in mid-June in Moscow under the chairmanship of Patriarch Kirill held a meeting on the question of identification of the “Yekaterinburg remains”. The meeting was attended by representatives of the RCDS at the head with Chairman of the Committee Alexander Bastrykin, and members of a special Church Commission on the “Ekaterinburg remains”. The meeting heard progress reports about the conduct of the assigned examinations in the criminal case prepared by the representatives of the TFR and the expert community.
In this case the TFR was allowed to publish the results of examinations from among those that have been completed in the case of the murder of members of the Royal family.
In January this year the Secretary of the Church Commission on the “Ekaterinburg remains,” Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) told the portal “Interfax-religion” that the genetic examination are conducted in the best laboratories of the world, completed a very extensive anthropological expertise “with a fundamentally new data” that are historical and criminological expertise.
With regard to the recognition or non-recognition of the remains of the Holy relics, then, according to Bishop, “the final conclusions will only make the Council of bishops”.