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coronation of the emperor nicholas II in the uspensky cathedral, by valentin serov (1896)

Then begins the Divine Liturgy ─the Holy Unction of the Russian Monarchs. The Tsar, followed by the Tsarina, descends the dais. Pacing on the floor covered with crimson velvet bordered with golden lace, the Tsar, and after him the Tsarina, step for a moment on the golden brocade to be anointed with the holy myrrh, Metropolitan Palladius pronouncing: ‘The Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit’.
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