Metropolitan of Minsk consecrates first of series of spiritual aid rooms in children’s hospitals

Minsk, March 1, 2024

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On Wednesday, February 28, His Eminence Metropolitan Veniamin of Minsk and All Belarus consecrated the first spiritual aid room in one of the children’s hospitals in the Belarusian capital.

It is planned to open such spaces in all children’s hospitals or departments throughout Minsk. Such a room is already being organized in another hospital, reports the Belarusian Orthodox Church.

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The project, co-sponsored by the Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Service and the Minsk Health Committee, with the support of the Brotherhood of St. John the Theologian, involves dedicating multifunctional rooms with a prayer corner, a library with Orthodox children’s books, and a play area with educational games.

Volunteers trained by the Synodal Department of Religious Education and Catechesis will play with the children and hold educational classes and master classes, and an appointed priest will provide spiritual care to the children and volunteers.

Following the consecration service, Met. Benjamin addressed those present with a word of edification and presented the hospital with an icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.

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