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The 400th anniversary of Saint Sophia of Slutsk passing away

Minsk, Belarus • March, 30 – April, 1, 2012

In 2012 the Belarusian Orthodox Church celebrates the 400th anniversary of St Sophia of Slutsk passing away. This event has a high cultural, historical and spiritual significance. St Sophia of Slutsk is the patroness of the Orthodoxy in Belarus. The people venerate her as a protectress of expectant mothers, babies and orphans. Numerous believers came pay homage to the Saint’s relics which are held in the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk.

The celebrations of the anniversary took place March, 31 – April,1, of this year. Among the activities dedicated to the day the monument to St Sophia of Slutsk was opened.

Church of St Sophia of Slutsk, Minsk.

The Gateway Icon of St Sophia at the entrance to the church of the same name.


The monument was erected with the financial support of the St Nicholas the Wonderworker Charitable Foundation. The delegation of the Foundation was invited to the unveiling of the monument.

At 12 am, in the church of St Sophia of Slutsk a public prayer to the Saint was conducted by the Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk Filaret, the Patriarch’s Exarch of all the Belarus. He was helped by 11 bishops – the members of the Sacred Synod of the Belarus Orthodox Church.

Metropolitan Filaret conducting the public prayer to St Sophia.

 

The Gospel reading during the service.

After the service His Eminence Exarch addressed to those present with a welcoming speech.

"Taking care of the God’s glory St Sophia favoured many churches and cloisters. She gave many orphans and cripples her unspent motherly love and her grief over her children who had died at a very young age. All her work was a constant service to the God and neighbours. And today God vouchsafed us to erect this monument in her honour, in honour of her work and deeds. And in consecrating it we ask St Sophia for her intercession with God on behalf of all our people.

Let the intercession of St Princess Sophia become to us a spiritual support, and her example – the guiding star to Heaven, where we will hear God’s words: Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since. (Matthew 25:34)

His Eminence Filaret’s welcoming address to the Archbishops of the Belarusian Church, priests and the laity.

 

Further Minister of Republic of Belarus P.P.Latushko took the floor. He said that the memorial to St Sophia is another example of the unity of spirituality and creativity, thanks to which works of art that immortalize our history and strengthen our faith may be created. He also mentioned that it would be good to have more such examples of unity of religion and art.

 

Mister of Culture of Belarus P.P.Latushko.

The monument of Sophia of Slutsk was ceremonially consecrated. After it many of those present laid flowers to the pedestal of the memorial.

The sculpture of the Saint Princess is made of brass. It is 3.4 metres high (with the pedestal). The sculptor of the monument is Mikhail In’kov, an alumnus of the Sculpture Subdepartment of the Arts Department of Belarusian State Academy of Arts.

The monument of St Sophia of Slutsk


March, 18, at 6 pm His Eminence Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk Filaret conducted the night service by the shrine with St Sophia’ relics in the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk.

 

The night service by the shrine with St Sophia’s relics.

The Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk.