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Peter Skipetrov

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[[File:Piotr Ioanovich Skipetrov.JPG|right|thumb|Cross and stone marker of New Hieromartyr Archpriest Peter Skipetrov.([[w:Tikhvin Cemetery|Tikhvin Cemetery]])]]
Early in 1918, the aged Father Peter had just returned from a diocesan council meeting. As he bade them farewell, Metropolitan Benjamin of Petrograd had advised the [[clergy]] not to go home alone, but in groups. Fr. Peter and his brother-in-law, the future Hieromartyr Fr. Philosoph, went off together in one of these groups. Outside the cathedral of the [[Alexander Nevsky Lavra]] they were met by a large detachment of Red soldiers and sailors. The agents of the secret police, the [[w:Cheka|Cheka]], wanted to inspect the silver coffin in which lay the [[relics]] of St. [[Alexander Nevsky]]. One of the soldiers crudely addressed Fr. Peter with insulting language.
According to one account, Fr. Peter was standing on the porch of the church wearing [[vestments]] and carrying a hand cross. His eyes flashed with anger, his long white hair, like an ancient prophet's, waved in the breeze. In vain did he try to stop the armed men, exhorting them not to do violence to the believers. A command sounded out, and Fr. Peter was shot in the mouth. He fell to the ground, covered in [[Blood in the Bible|blood]]. The agents coolly stepped over the body and entered the church. Fr. Peter was taken to a small military infirmary on the Nevsky Prospect, but when the doctors came, they could do nothing more than a tracheotomy. The following morning he reposed.
He was buried at the [[w:Tikhvin Cemetery|Tikhvin Cemetery]], located at the [[Alexander Nevsky Lavra|Alexander Nevsky Monastery]], in Saint Petersburg. The funeral was solemnly triumphant, for it occurred during the [[Pascha|Paschal]] period and "[[Paschal greeting|Christ is risen!]]" was chanted. The [[Memorial Services|burial service]] was led by Metropolitan Benjamin, accompanied by a large number of clergy. The sermon was delivered by Fr. Philosoph (Ornatsky).

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