Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia

Noble person

1864 – 1918


Who was Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia?

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia canonized as St. Elizabeth Romanova was a German princess of the House of Hesse, and the wife of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, fifth son of Emperor Alexander II of Russia and Princess Marie of Hesse and the Rhine. Granddaughter of Queen Victoria and an older sister of Alexandra, the last Russian Empress, Elizabeth became famous in Russian society for her beauty and charitable works among the poor. After the Socialist Revolutionary Party's Combat Organization murdered her husband with a dynamite bomb in 1905, Elizabeth publicly forgave Sergei's murderer and campaigned without success for him to be pardoned. She then departed the Imperial Court and became a nun, founding the Marfo-Mariinsky Convent dedicated to helping the downtrodden of Moscow. In 1918 she was arrested and ultimately buried alive by the Bolsheviks. In 1981 Elizabeth was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, and in 1992 by the Moscow Patriarchate.

Famous Quotes:

  • "I have a nature of a dog - when I suffer, I hide myself".
  • have been reading the Bible a good deal lately, and if we believe in the sublime sacrifice of God the Father in sending His Son to die and rise again for us, we shall feel the Holy Spirit lighting our way, and our joy will become eternal, even if our poor human hearts and earthly minds pass through moments which seem terrible.
  • "She drove me away like a dog ! Poor Nicky ! Poor Russia !"
  • "You don't know that by killing him you were killing me".
  • "It might be better had I not come."
  • "I greet you and I read now from beets. There are white and red beets. Beets are different as roses, roses can not eat. Grancy Baroness has a toothache."
  • “Always be guided by your heart rather than by your head, and your life will be transformed. Happiness does not consist in living in a palace or enjoying a large fortune; these can be lost. True happiness is something that neither men nor events can take from you. You will find it in Faith, in Hope and in Charity. Try to make those around you happy, and you will be happy yourself.”

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Nov 1, 1864
Also known as
  • Elisabeth Alexandra Louise Alice
  • Ella
  • New Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth
  • The Holy New Martyr, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna
  • Holy Royal Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth
  • Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine
  • Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fyodorovna of Russia
  • Holy New Martyr Elizabeth
  • Elizabeth Feodorovna Romanova
  • St. Elizabeth Romanova
  • Protestantism
  • Eastern Orthodox Church
  • Germany
Jul 18, 1918
Resting place
Church of Mary Magdalene

on July 23, 2013


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