What's your point?
Institutionally atheist ... yet the bulk of the people maintained their Orthodox faith. It seems you have not read my earlier posts. Don't forget that even Josef Stalin was forced to acknowledge in 1942 that the only reliable unifying factor for the Russian people at its greatest crisis during the War was the Church. There is footage of him addressing the troops from Lenin's mausoleum, ending with the words "S'nami Bog" ("God is with us"). Political opportunism, true. But a grudging acknowledgement that even the might of the Soviet system could never destroy the Orthodoxy in people's hearts.
My dear papist, is the point so hard to see?
That while the government and authorities of Russia were atheist, the minds and hearts of the great majority of the people were firmly rooted in Orthodoxy. To publicly acknowledge God's presence and His protection of the Russian troops and people would have mightily stuck in Stalin's atheist craw, but there's no escaping the fact that he did indeed invoke God to rally the troops and people.
I have provided personal and historical examples and illustrations exposing the fallacy of the need to "consecrate" and "convert" Russia. If this is not good enough for you, then what would you make of the fact that, for more than a thousand years, more icons have been painted, and more churches have been dedicated to the Mother of God and her feasts, including of her icons (Vladimirskaya, Smolenskaya, Tikhvinskaya, etc), than for any other saint? Russia had dedicated itself to the Mother of God, and has consistently venerated her, many centuries before bolshevism. The supposed need for a Papal "consecration" is at best misguided, at worst, an insult to the historic faith of the Russian people, past and present, particularly to her saints of the Soviet period - more martyrs than the first three centuries of Christianity, no less.
Plus, there is an icon of the Theotokos enthroned as Queen of Heaven that was miraculously found around the same time of the abdication of St. Nicholas II, thus symbolizing She was reigning directly over Russia. While apparitions were going to make their show with none of the discretion or humility of the Theotokos, She was sending Her real message about the rise of comunism in Russia with the same humility, discretion and sweetness we see in the Gospels, calling upon Herself Her responsibility, but not calling attention to Herself more than to Her Son, or strange innovative doctrines and practices. While lies were to be spread about He relation to Russia, she beforehand silenced them with the seal of Her mercy. No consacration was necessary, She would not have to ask to have what She already did. She was already in charge Herself.Icon of the Mother of God "Enthroned"
The “Enthroned” (or “Reigning”) Icon of the Mother of God appeared on March 2, 1917, the day of Tsar Nicholas II’s abdication, in the village of Kolomskoye near Moscow, Russia.
In February 1917, an elderly woman named Eudokia saw the Mother of God in a dream telling her to go to Kolomskoye to find a large blackened icon in a church. After this vision occurred to her three times, Eudokia went to Kolomskoye to search for the icon with the priest Nicholas.
In the basement of a church, they found the icon and started wiping off the accumulated dust. They were then able to see the Most Holy Theotokos wearing a crown and sitting on a throne. Immediately, Father Nicholas celebrated a service of Thanksgiving and an Akathist.
News of the icon’s discovery spread throughout Russia, and there were several miracles of healing from physical and mental infirmities. As time went by, the icon renewed itself and became brighter and brighter.
Since the icon was revealed just as the Tsar abdicated, many people believed that the Queen of Heaven had assumed royal authority over the Russian land, and so the icon became known as the “Enthroned” (or “Reigning”) icon. Upon additional research, it was learned that the icon had come from the Ascension Convent in Moscow. In 1812, before Napoleon’s invasion, this icon and others were sent to the Church of the Ascension in the village of Kolomskoye for safekeeping. Apparently forgotten, the icons were never returned to Moscow.
A Service and Akathist to the “Enthroned” Icon were composed with the assistance of His Holiness Patriarch Tikhon (+1925). Many copies of the icon were venerated throughout Russia, but these were confiscated by the Soviets. The Service and Akathist to the icon were also forbidden to be served.
The original icon is said to be in the Novodevichy Museum in Moscow, and there is a copy in the Church of the Kazan Mother of God in Kolomskoye.
The “Enthroned” or “Reigning” Icon, which belongs to the Panachranta type, shows the Theotokos seated on a throne with Her Son.
By permission of the Orthodox Church in America (www.oca.org