After the revolution, Father Alexander courageously continued to satisfy his pastoral responsibility. He was left fully alone within the parish, as a result of killing off of the monks, and till the final day he served divine providers daily. And it was throughout a service, proper within the temple, that he was arrested. This occurred on November 8/21, 1918, on the feast of the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael, on the time when Father Alexander was serving the Liturgy. His former scholar Viktor Cherniltsev later recalled that the priest was arrested for delivering sermons. “He was shot for some form of seditious sermon denouncing merciless reprisals,” wrote Viktor Fedorovich.
On November 12/25, the priest was brutally tortured to loss of life by the communists on the Vyya railway station. Evidence has been preserved that not solely did he not resign the religion, however he fervently prayed till the final second. So mentioned one of many individuals within the homicide, the Red Army soldier Shipitsyn, in 1967 when he mentioned that “when the priest was led to the execution, he repeated: ‘Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy on me a sinner!'”
The Red Army troopers severely beat the sixty-year-old priest, crushed his head, after which shot him behind the pinnacle. The priest additionally met loss of life with a prayer, folding his arms crosswise on his chest.
Just a few days later, the physique of Father Alexander was discovered evenly lined with snow, together with his arms crossed over his chest, and transported to the Church of the Three Hierarchs. One of the individuals within the burial recalled: “The information – ‘they introduced the corpse of Father Alexander’ – immediately unfold across the district. The folks, deeply loving pricey father, silently wept and went out to see him off to the grave. Father Alexander left an excellent reminiscence among the many folks and particularly within the youngsters’s hearts of his college students. Eternal reminiscence to you, ever-memorable Father Alexander, good shepherd!”
Such heartfelt phrases undoubtedly testify to the truth that Father Alexander actually was an excellent shepherd, prepared to present his life for his sheep, for which the parishioners paid him such love.
Father Alexander was buried within the sanctuary of the Three Hierarchs Church, which was later destroyed by the Bolsheviks. Now the temple has been restored, barely expanded.
In 2018, on the one centesimal anniversary of Father Alexander’s martyrdom, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church formally added his title to the Synaxis of the New Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church.