Book Discussion of Grand Duchess Elizabeth

On Sunday February 2, 2014 the Orthodox Book Discussion group met to review our latest title, the Life of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth.

Discussion was led by His Eminence Metropolitan Ephraim, joined by Fr. Dimitry and Fr. Savas, and focused on many of the ways in which Saint Elizabeth exemplified the Christian life. bookclub 3

From the time of her conversion to Orthodoxy, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth did not only want to just become Orthodox, she wanted to be Orthodox. She understood to her core the true calling of Our Savior to live her Faith. The Grand Duchess’ example of real forgiveness, and even more importantly, her concern and care for the soul and salvation of the man who assassinated her beloved husband is a perfect example of this. And she was to her final moments, as was also highlighted in our discussion, a shining example of selfless love by putting aside her own injuries to care for her fellow martyrs before their deaths.

Interesting to note, the book by Lubov Millar, was originally written in English and has since been translated into Russian. It has become know as the most authoritative biography of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth available. The latest edition includes over 160 photographs and many newly translated letters.

You can order the book through Saint Nectarios Press and it can also also be purchased at Holy Nativity Convent.

A brief sermon on the life of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth by Metropolitan Anastassy and a very nice collection of letters and photographs is available to download here.

We thank our Metropolitan Ephraim for leading another spirited discussion and look forward selecting our next book. And a special thank you to Father Dimitry who handed our very special small icons of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth that were blessed in the Holy Land, a wonderful keepsake for all who attended!

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