Among the few belongings that survived last days of the Romanovs, anti-Bolshevik troops found a book containing a poem given to the family that Grand Duchess Olga had hand-copied and hidden in its pages. It concluded, “Lord of the world, God of creation, give us Thy blessing through our prayer. Give peace of heart to us, O Master, this hour of utmost dread to bear. And on the threshold of the grave, breathe power divine into our clay that we, Thy children, may find strength in meekness for our foes to pray”.
Members of the royal family wrote prayers, spiritual questions, and commentaries in the margins of many books. Their letters and diaries, and the testimony of their guards, yielded more evidence that their faith deepened as they suffered. Their executioners said the Romanovs died trying to pray and make the sign of the cross amidst the barrage of bullets on 4/17 July 1918.