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Rasputin’s Religious Journey
Grigory Rasputin was born into a Russian Orthodox family and grew up in a mainly Russian Orthodox town named Pokrovskoye, Siberia. In the late 1890’s Rasputin went on a religious journey to the Verkhoturye Monastery in Siberia. At Verkhoturye Monastery, Rasputin was introduced to a fellow Russian monk who greatly influenced Rasputin’s ways and convinced Rasputin to stop drinking, smoking, and stop his carnivorous habits. After his visit to the monastery, Rasputin was officially considered a strannik, which is a Russian religious pilgrim. After returning home from Verkhoturye, Rasputin was noticed by his fellow peers and family as a changed man with holy and or mystical powers. Around 1898, Rasputin claimed to see Our Lady of Kazan (also called the Theotokos of Kazan) who is the Russian Orthodox version of the Virgin Mary whom is supposed to protect the city of Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. Rasputin had supposedly witnessed a theophany of the Virgin Mary as the Russian Orthodox Church views the Virgin Mary as a holy being. After seeing Our Lady of Kazan, Rasputin then began his journey of religious mysticism.
In December of 1093, Rasputin moved to the then capital of Russia, St. Petersburg from his hometown of Pokrovskoye, Siberia which is about 1,700 miles to the east. Once settled in St. Petersburg, Rasputin began to meet with other mystics and theologians such as Saint John of Kronstadt and Ivan Stragorodsky. Saint John of Kronstadt and Ivan Stragorodsky were both well know Russian Orthodox theologians and religious figures. Rasputin was soon introduced to Milica and Anastasia, The Princesses of Montenegro due to their interest of mysticism especially Persian mysticism, which is what Rasputin specialized in. Through Princesses Milica and Anastasia of Montenegro, Rasputin met Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his wife Tsarina Alexandra. It is thought that the Tsar and Tsarina met Rasputin of November 1, 1095 because it is the first time Tsar Nicholas II mentioned Rasputin in his 1905 journal.
The Healing of Tsarevich Alexei Romanov
As per the request of Tsar Nicholas II, Rasputin was asked to meet with the Prime Minister of Russia, Pyotr Stolypin in August of 1906. Rasputin was called to meet with the Prime Minister because his daughter was killed along with 28 others, and his three old son were injured in a bombing on Aptekarsky Island near St. Petersburg Russia on the 25 August 1906. In December of 1906, Rasputin was becoming more famous or recognizable so he wrote a letter to Tsar Nicholas II asking to change his name to Rasputin-Novyi (“New Rasputin”) in order to differentiate himself from other Rasputin’s in Russia. His request was granted by the Tsar. In the summer of 1907, Rasputin was ordered to visit Tsar Nicholas II’s son Tsarevich Alexei in order to try and heal him from complications of an injury. Alexei suffered from a blood disorder called Haemophilia (also...