St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral
Seattle, Washington U.S.A.
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Although something about each and every church named in St. Nicholas' honor that I've published touches me, I must admit that this one does in three very special ways.
First, a personal reason - once upon a time and long ago I lived in Seattle!
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I loved the city and its environs - truly, one of the most beautiful places on earth. My family often celebrated our birthdays at the revolving Space Needle restaurant.
Second, a modern day saint, John of Shanghai and San Francisco, often visited this cathedral and in fact, it is where he reposed July 2 of 1966.
St John of Shanghai and San Francisco
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Third, when this church was dedicated to Nicholas of Myra on December 19, 1937 it was also "designated as a memorial to the martyred Tsar Nicholas II, his Royal Family and all the Russian soldiers and people who died defending their faith, tsar and country."(information from the Cathedral's wonderful website).
The Romanov Family 1913
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In this day and age when the sacrifice of 20th c. Christians is so often forgotten it is nice to know that at least these people - who were executed on July 17, 1918 by orders of Lenin and Sverdlov - are not. It gives one pause to know that more Christians died for their faith in the 20th century than in all the other centuries put together... After this imperial family was killed wars seemed to sweep the entire world...
Consecration of the Cathedral, 1937
This is a vibrant Cathedral today.
National Music Conference
Prayer before Class
Choir during Communion
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Please stop by the Cathedral's excellent website to learn more about it and its services if you are interested in visiting it.
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It looks like an Easter Card!