Tuesday, February 20, 2024

2025: Celebrating 20 Years of the Restoration of the Roman-Russian Dynasty

Coat of arms of the dynastic house.
By Jean DuBois

ROME-RUTHENIA 20 February 2024 (NRom)

In an era where history seems to be forgotten in the fast-paced whirlwind of modern life, there remains a testament to the enduring legacy of our ancestors. The year 2025 marks a significant milestone — the 20th anniversary of a momentous event in historical restoration and recognition; the restoration of the Roman-Russian (also known as Roman-Ruthenian) dynasty, leading what is now known as the United Roman-Ruthenian Church and Pontifical Imperial State of Rome-Ruthenia. ("Ruthenia" is a Latin-based word that simply means "Russia" or "Rus'.") The United Roman-Ruthenian Church, descended from the Apostles via Orthodox and Roman sources, has inherited a unique blend of Orthodoxy with Catholic heritage.

The Dawn of Recognition in 2005

The story in recent times began two decades ago, in 2005, when the House of Johnson-Roma-Rus' received formal acknowledgment in both the hereditary Roman and ecclesiastical nobility. This recognition was not merely ceremonial but served as a cornerstone for a series of further recognitions that would eventually lead to the full restoration of a lineage encompassing an impressive array of heritage - from the grandeur that was imperial Rome to the expanses of the Kingdom of Russia (Old Russian State, distinct from the later Romanov Russian Empire), and also the Imperial Kingdom of Italy. This fusion created what we now celebrate as a living continuum bridging past and present - a remarkable achievement highlighting how history can still breathe life into modern identity.

The Evolution into Rome-Ruthenia

Following its initial recognition, what started as a revival quickly transformed into an establishment with tangible influence and sovereignty - namely, The Pontifical Imperial State of Rome-Ruthenia. This entity symbolizes more than just a lineage; it represents an amalgamation of cultures, histories, and sovereignties under one umbrella. It pays homage to its roots through its governance structure, cultural preservation efforts, and even its legal framework. Over these two decades since its inception, Rome-Ruthenia has shown itself to be not just about remembering or glorifying bygone eras but about applying historical lessons to improve governance, social cohesion, and cultural enrichment today. (Read more at the Frequently Asked Questions page.)

A Living Legacy in Today’s World

In reflecting on this upcoming anniversary, it becomes clear that the dynasty today stands not only as a guardian over monumental legacies from Europe’s intricate history but also as an active participant in crafting contemporary narratives around unity, heritage preservation, and international diplomacy. The legacy lives on through educational initiatives, primarily organized through the Pontifical Court, aimed at understanding historical contexts better while fostering community engagement around these themes. Cultural events bring alive traditions once thought lost to time but now celebrated anew thanks to this restored dynasty's efforts.

Looking Forward

As we approach this significant milestone in 2025 – celebrating two decades since recognizing one family's dedication to their ancestral legacy – let us take inspiration from their journey. It serves as a powerful reminder that our pasts are not just chapters concluded but foundations upon which futures are built. In commemorating this anniversary, may we all reflect on our heritage's importance—no matter where we come from—and recognize its potential to shape identities in an ever-evolving world. Moreover, its lack of interest in territorial claims or political control allows it to focus solely on providing spiritual guidance and fostering peace among its followers. By embracing this unique perspective, the Pontifical Imperial State and its dynastic house offer a refreshing alternative to the power struggles commonly associated with contemporary politics.


* Note: The Pontifical Imperial State and the Pontifical Imperial House of Johnson-Roma-Rus' are non-political entities. The Pontifical Imperial State and all its constituents are distinct from all modern civil states and other imperial, royal, and/or noble houses and dynasties. It does not seek territory or political control. Today they are an ecclesiastical ethno-religious nation without borders that constitutes a state unto itself.