Belarusian Church celebrating 1,030th anniversary this year

Belarus, February 21, 2022

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The most ancient diocese on the territory of Belarus, of Polotsk, was founded in 992. Thus, events are being held throughout the Belarusian Church this year in honor of the 1,030th anniversary of its founding.

Events will include festive liturgical celebrations, cross processions, conferences, exhibitions, interactive excursions, artistic evenings, youth gatherings, and other events, reports the Church press service.

One of the first events, a musical performance of “The Handkerchief of St. Euphrosyne,” was held on January 9 at the Palace of the Arts in the city of Bobriusk.

“In the show, we especially tried to display the theme of the 1,030th anniversary of the historical memory of the founding of the Orthodox Church in Belarus,” His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Bobriusk said at the event. “The basis of the foundations of Belarusian culture and statehood is the Principality of Polotsk and St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk and her Monastery of Christ the Savior, the books that she copied, and the enlightenment that she carried out.”

“These are our roots, this is the foundation of our spirituality and the essence of the Belarusian people,” His Grace reflected.

The musical is based on a real miracle worked by St. Euphrosyne just six years ago, when she appeared to a little girl in a dream and handed her a handkerchief, which healed her of cancer.


The foundation of the Polotsk Diocese dates to the reign of Prince Izyaslav, the son of St. Vladimir the Great and Princess Rogneda of Polotsk.

In the 10th-13th centuries, its territory included the cities of Vitebsk, Minsk, Izyaslavl, Lagoysk, Slutsk, Drutsk, Novogrudok, Orsha, and Lukoml.

The first mention of a church in the diocese—the Church of the Most Holy Theotokos—dates to 1007.

St. Vladimir’s great granddaughter, who became St. Euphrosyne, Abbess of Polotsk, was born in the early 12th century. She copied books, built churches and monasteries, and was a peacemaker and educator for the Belarusian people.

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