…. and guardians of their people.
(An account by the Vasilchenko family, Moscow)
We would like to tell you about the help our family received from Tsar Nicholas. With the birth of a second child we had the theoretical possibility of ameliorating our living conditions, but practically there was little hope. Nowadays it is not so simple.
Together with our two children we occupied one room of a two-bedroom apartment in a family complex. It was very difficult for us the keep peace with our neighbors. The nervous situation in the apartment had a particularly detrimental effect on our children’s health. Our priest gave us his blessing to pray and try to acquire a separate abode.
We were able to quickly gather all the necessary documents and hand them in to the housing commission, where we were told that although according to the rules we had a right to a separate apartment, we should not expect anything in the near future. Realistically we would probably have to wait several years. There were many candidates and too few apartments.
Two or three months passed. At that time we already knew the truth about Tsar Nicholas Aleksandrovich and were filled with tenderness and love for the Royal Family. We began to ask for the Tsar’s help with our housing problem, and with faith in God’s providence we went again to see the chairman of the housing commission. This time we were greatly amazed to learn that circumstances had changed, and we were offered an unexpectedly vacated separate two-bedroom apartment. What joy! We felt joy not only at receiving an apartment of our own, but also at feeling the closeness of the Royal martyrs and all the saints to us.
From that time on we often appealed to the holy Tsar Nicholas, and help came immediately under extraordinary circumstances. Since Tsar Nicholas Aleksandrovich was not only our Sovereign, but also head of a large family, we began to pray to him whenever we had family conflicts and disagreements. Peace was restored to our family very quickly. O holy Royal martyrs, pray to God for us!
Compiled by Protopriest Alexander Shargunov.