Alexei Nikolaevich (1904-1918), the only son of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra, was the heir apparent to the throne of the Russian Empire. In 1981, he was canonized as a Holy Martyr together with all his family by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (ROCOR). In the year 2000, he was canonized, again with his family, by the Moscow Patriarchate as a Passion Bearer. He is depicted in a prayerful stance and honored by carrying a cross in his hand. This is a simple acknowledgement of Jesus’ words: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24-25). The inscription in Slavonic reads: "Holy Martyr Tsarevich Alexei". 6"x7¾" Hand painted in Russia.