This calendar of saints is drawn from several denominations, sects, and traditions. Although it will no longer be updated daily, the index on the right will guide visitors to a saint celebrated on any day they choose. Additional saints will be added as they present themselves to Major.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July 17 -- Feast of Tsar Nicholas II and household

In "Sympathy for the Devil," Mick Jagger channeled Lucifer, walking briskly through history to point out some of his notable achievements.  These lyrics are among the incidents noted:

I stuck around St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a time for a change
Killed the czar and his ministers
Anastasia screamed in vain

The Imperial Romanovs in better days
Sir Mick refers to the murder of the Romanov royal family in Ekaterinburg, Russia, on July 17, 1918.  The Bolshevik guards, fearing that loyalist soldiers would liberate the royal family, took them to the basement, shot and stabbed them. Also executed were court physician Yevgeny Botman, cook Ivan Kharitonov, maid Anna Demidovna, and valet Alexei Trupp.  Lady-in-waiting Anastasia Hendrikova and tutor Catherine Adolphovna Schneider were executed in September.  The last two had been separated from the rest of the household and held in Perm until the order came to march them into the forest and execute them.  Rather than wasting the bullets, the soldiers killed them with the butts of their rifles.