Tuesday, January 26, 2021

More from Grand Duke George and Victoria Romanova Bettarini's betrothal ceremony

At the Betrothal service, the chief ceremony is the blessing and exchange of rings. The rings are blessed by the priest in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The priest then exchanges the rings, taking the bride's ring and placing it on the groom's finger and vice-versa. Then he exchanges them again, symbolizing that each spouse will constantly be complementing and enriching the other by the future union.

This is also an outward symbol that the two are joined in marriage of their own free will and consent. It is celebrated in the vestibule or the pritvor of the church building before their procession into the nave of the church. 

The Grand Duke and his fiancé chose to practice the ancient version of the custom in an ancient place very special to the House of Romanov.

"The betrothal of Tsesarevich George of Russia and his bride-to-be, Miss Victoria Romanovna Bettarini, took place at the Ipatiev Monastery in the city of Kostroma.

On January 24, 2021, at noon, the Heir of the Head of the Imperial House of Russia, His Imperial Highness The Grand Duke George of Russia, and his fiancée, the hereditary noblewoman Miss Victoria Romanovna Bettarini, were betrothed in the Holy Trinity Cathedral in the Ipatiev Monastery in the city of Kostroma. The betrothal service was officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Ferapont of Kostroma and Nerkhta.

Among those attending the service were government officials of the Kostroma Region.

In the morning, the Grand Duke and his fiancée attended Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Holy Epiphany-St. Anastasia in Kostroma, receiving Holy Communion and venerating the great and holy icon of the House of Romanoff—the Feodorovskaya miracle-working Icon of the Mother of God.

Then the couple proceeded to the Holy Trinity Ipatiev Monastery, where the betrothal service took place, officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Ferapont and other clergy of the Kostroma diocese.

On behalf of the Governor of the Kostroma Region, S. K. Sitnikov, the Chief of Staff the administration of the Kostroma Region, M.B. Smirnov, formally greeted Tsesarevich George and his fiancée Victoria Romanovna.

Later that same day, Grand Duke George and Victoria Romanovna, accompanied by Archpriest Dimitri Sazonov, visited the construction site of the new church at the Second City Hospital of Kostroma, and the Children’s Maritime Center.

Kostroma is about five hours by car from Moscow. 

My thanks to Victoria Romanova Bettarini for allowing me the use of the photos.


CmG said...

I do wonder why they didn't wear masks. The Russian Orthodox church has lost many clergy to the coronavirus, and it appears they haven't done anything to change their behavior. I am an Orthodox Christian in the US, so I'm no disparaging the Russian Orthodox church. However, I do find it irresponsible, especially after they've lost so many clergy to this virus.

Ron said...

Miss Bettarini is referenced as a "hereditary noblewoman." Is this actually true or a polite fiction?

Anastasie said...

I understand that many orthodox Christians do not wear a mask, believing that God will preserve them from catching the illness... Apparently this is also true in Romania.

Being a protestant, I must say that to me the rites seem to be very complicated to follow, but I guess that when one is an accepted member of the orthodox church, everything is very simple. Please note that this is not a criticism, but just a remark.