First Commemoration of Holy Martyr Alexander Schmorell
On February 5, 2012, Holy Trinity Monastery commemorated the Holy New Martyr Alexander Schmorell in the divine services. St. Alexander, who was canonized on that day by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, was a German-Russian member of the White Rose, a student dissident organization in Nazi Germany.
He and his colleagues wrote pamphlets and wrote graffiti in opposition to Hitler, for which they were arrested and executed in 1943. Today the White Rose is recognized by Germany and the whole world as heroes for standing up for truth in the face of injustice. Video from the services at the monastery can be seen below.