May 23 – Saint Euphrosyne of Polotsk: Patron Saint of Belarus

Saint Euphrosyne of Polotsk, Patron Saint of Belarus 

Extract fromEuphrosyne of Polatsk (Multilingual): “Euphrosyne . . . . (1110–1173) was the granddaughter of a prince of Polotsk, Vseslav. She refused all proposals of marriage and, without her parents’ knowledge, ran away to the convent of which her aunt was the abbess and became a nun. Later she founded her own convent. She spent her time copying books, and the money she thus earned she distributed amongst the poor. She also built two churches, and one, the church of The Holy Saviour, still stands today and is considered to be the most precious monument of early Belarusian architecture. Towards the end of her life, she undertook a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where she died sometime after 1167. Her body, after the conquest of Jerusalem by Saladin in 1187, was carried by the monks to Kiev and deposited there in the Monastery of the Caves. It was only in 1910 that the relics of the saint were brought back to her native town of Polatsk. Euphrosyne is the only East Slav virgin saint. . . .  The cross of Saint Euphrosyne was a splendid gem-studded cross created at her behest by a local master, Łasar Bohša. The famous six-armed golden cross was decorated with enamels and precious stones and presented by her to the church of the Holy Saviour in 1161. Of exquisite beauty, the relic survived centuries of turbulence until World War II, when it mysteriously disappeared during the evacuation of the museum in 1941.” See PICTURE of Saint Euphrosyne of Polotsk. See also: St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk (EN), Euphrosyne of Polotsk (EN), St. Euphrosyne, Abbess of Polotsk (EN), Sainte Euphrosyne (FR).

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

 Bombings in Minsk, Belarus (April 11, 2011) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: April 25 – May 8, 2011.


That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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