Saturday Saints- #6

Today’s Saint is from Eastern Europe:

Euphrosyne (also Eŭfrasińnia, Efrasinnia) of Polotsk (or Polatsk, Połack) (Belarusian: Эўфрасі́ньня По́лацкая) (1110–1173) was the granddaughter of a prince of Polotsk, Vseslav, and daughter of Prince Svyatoslav of Polotsk. She is one of the 15 patron saints of Belarus, whose lives are celebrated in the Belarusian Orthodox Church, on the first Sunday after Pentecost, a feast that was instituted in the year of her canonization in 1984.

(Once again, the full wiki article can be found here.)

There are a couple of things that I found fascinating about St. Euphrosyne.

The first was that she copied books. While I suppose that could be done without being able to read, I suspect that it was more likely she was literate to some degree. Given her privileged background it would make sense.  I also found it interesting that when she founded a monastery she taught young women there various crafts and skills, including copying books.

I was impressed by the fact that she gave up a life of privilege to dedicate herself to the Lord. At least, I hope that is the reason for her decision to become a religious.

Another thing which impressed me is that her hard work led to several different churches and monasteries being built, including several that have lasted to the present day. The dedication and foresight required for this kind of planning would have been considerable, and it speaks well of her talent and faith that she could see those task through.

Lastly, I was greatly saddened to learn that a gem-encrusted cross created at her request, which had survived for centuries, was lost during WW2. You can see a photo of it, and learn more about it, here.

Saint Euphrosyne

 

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