Interview with Archbishop Gabriel

“The Russian people appealed and continue to appeal to Tsar Paul with prayers for help, and there are testimonies of incidences when such help was given. Now, it is time for the Church to speak.” - His Eminence Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada

An essay on the life and reign of the Emperor-Martyr Paul I of Russia, for American readers.

This essay by Father Constantine Desrosiers brings a new perspective to this Orthodox Christian Tsar to whom many people appeal for help.

Troparion and Kontakion for the Emperor Paul I

Translated from Russian by The V. Rev. Archpriest Roman Lukianov (+2007), the author of these unofficial prayers remains anonymous as they were smuggled out of Russian towards the end of the Communist era and circulated in America.

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Troparion and Kontakion for the Emperor Paul I


Give rest, O Lord, to the soul of Thy murdered Slave, the Emperor Paul I, and by his prayers grant us in our present days of deception and fear wisdom in our deeds, patience in our sufferings and salvation of our souls with Thee.



Look down, O Lord, at Thy faithful intercessor for all small, poor and deprived ones, the Emperor Paul I,

and by his holy prayers grant, O Lord, speedy and true help to all who through him are begging it of Thee,

O Our God.