Minsk, July 25, 2023
Just a few days before his feast day, a new chapel of St. Eugene Botkin, the doctor who was martyred together with the Royal Family of Russia in 1918, was consecrated in Minsk.
The chapel at the Minsk Scientific and Practical Center for Surgery, Transplantology, and Hemtaology is now the second church of St. Eugene in Minsk. It was consecrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Benjamin of Minsk and All Belarus on Friday, July 14, reports the Belarusian Orthodox Church.
The first Church of St. Eugene in Minsk was consecrated in July 2019.
The Center has about 2,000 employees and can treat about 1,000 patients at the same time.
The service was attended by medical staff and patients and city officials, whom Met. Benjamin addressed with a word of edification following the consecration service.
The director of the center, Dr. Oleg Rummo, was given a Patriarchal Medal of Gratitude for his labors, and also a copy of the Queen of All Icon of the Theotokos. Icons of St. Eugene were distributed to all attendants at the end of the service.
Photo: church.by 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, 2016 session. His glorification was 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. OrthoChristian has also reported on Churches of St. Eugene in St. Petersburg the Ekaterinburg Diocese. A medical center was consecrated in his honor in Nizhny Novgorod in April 2020.