This is a wooden church located in a territory adjacent to the National Mental Health Clinic. It exists to takes care of the spiritual needs of the clinic’s patients. Every Sunday, the Convent’s clergy celebrate a divine liturgy for the patients, enabling them to partake in the Holy Sacraments.
The patron saint of the church, St John of Shanghai and San Francisco is known for his ministry among people with mental illness and disability. Describing his ideal of ministry and service, Saint John of Shanghai wrote:
“Holiness is not simply righteousness, for which the righteous merit the enjoyment of blessedness in the Kingdom of God, but rather such a height of righteousness that men are filled with the grace of God to the extent that it flows from them upon those who associate with them. Great is their blessedness; it proceeds from personal experience of the Glory of God. Being filled also with love for men, which proceeds from love of God, they are responsive to men’s needs, and upon their supplication, they appear also as intercessors and defenders for them before God.”
Life and teachings are a great source of inspiration for our lives and work today.
We dedicate this article to our sisters whose job seems invisible to the eye but touches the hearts and minds of many people in significant ways. They are our church custodians.
On the feast day of our patron saint, the Holy Martyr Grand Duchess Elisabeth Romanov, we inaugurated a new church bell acquired at the initiative of the parents of our Sunday School students.
The feat of the patron saints of this church reminds us of the three Christian virtues that we would like to cultivate in the children who attend Sunday school.
This church is currently being built on the territory of the Women’s farmstead/rehabilitation Centre of St Elisabeth Convent.
At this church, all festive services and the Sacrament of Matrimony are celebrated.
All icons in this church were painted by the Convent’s icon painters in accordance with the Russian and Byzantine samples…
The establishment of a chapel in honour of St Xenia of Petersburg in the boarding home No. 3 for adults with special needs in Minsk fifteen years ago was a good start of the future Convent.