Archbishop John of Latvia
As perhaps few other non-Russians, Archbishop John felt deeply Russia’s tragedy and saw the significance of Orthodox Russia for the wh world.
From the Cathedral to the Holy Protection Cemetery, a distance of several miles, a dense crowd lined the way. In this there was a kind of demonstration, a challenge to the unpunished mur derers. Soon a small chapel was raised over the grave, a miniature replica of the bell-tower of the Cathedral. In the former residence of the Archbishop in the basement of the Cathedral, a corner was devoted to his memory, with the bench on which he had been burned. A vessel containing a few drops of his blood was walled up in the wall of the Cathedral and an inscription made on a marble plaque. Here every Thursday (the day of the murder) a requiem service was celebrated.
The author is the sister of the Archbishop’s last Subdeacon.