Ekaterinburg, June 15, 2018
A new church dedicated in honor of Tsar Nicholas II’s court physician St. Eugene Botkin, who followed the Royal Family into exile and was killed along with them, will soon be built in Ekaterinburg.
His Eminence Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhotursky will celebrate the rite of laying and blessing the foundation stone of the future church this coming Sunday afternoon. The church will be built near a new medical cluster that has been under construction since March.
St. Eugene was canonized as Righteous Eugene the Passion-Bearer by the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church at their February 2-3 session. His glorification was then celebrated on February 7, the day of the feast of the Synaxis of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russian Church, in the Ekaterinburg Church on the Blood, built on the site of the Ipatiev House, where St. Eugene was martyred along with the Royal Family.
St. Eugene was also canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia along with the Royal Martyrs in 1981. The Royal Family was canonized by the Moscow Patriarchate in 2000, though St. Eugene was not canonized at that time.
The first church in honor of St. Eugene was consecrated in Moscow in 2016. Churches in his honor are also under construction in St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk.
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