Historian: Main Lost Belarusian Relic Is In Russian Monastery

Сяргей Тарасаў

A historian Siarhiej Tarasau claims that the St. Euphrosyne’s cross, that vanished from a frontline Mahiliou 75 years ago, is not in he US or in a Vatican collection, but in the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius near Moscow.

The historian denounces popular theory, according to which the cars evacuating Mahiliou museum values and CPB archives were bombed , and that in the result the cross had been brought to Russia from the defeated Germany. According to him, in that case the trace of the cros could be found easily: “Moreover, when  some values had been stolen from Hermitage in St. Petersburg,  total check-up was conducted in all museums of the Russian Federation. If the cross was in a museum, it would definitely be noticed. They weren’t able just to hide it and not to list in catalogs”, Radio Svaboda reports.

Siarhiej Tarasau points out another two circumstances: the archive of CPB that was evacuated with the cross had survived and in 2003 the Sluck Gospel had been found, which also disappeared from Mahiliou with the cross in 1941.

In 2003 Metropolitan Filaret presented the Sluck Gospel at the diocesan readings. “According to the Church, some woman gave it to one of the priests, – the historian reminds. – The name and the address of the woman are unknown. But they claim somehow that since 1941 the Gosple hadn’t left Belarus. It is impossible”.

Siarhiej Tarasau is also drawing our attention to an episode form Viktar Šavialievič’s documentary about the work of Mikalaj Kuźmič who created the copy of the St. Euphrosyne’s cross. “The Metropolitan Filaret tells how the relics put into the cross were found. The only  element they couldn’t find was a particle of Christ’s blood. And then when he visited his homeland Zagorsk, in the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius in the vestry he found a small drop placed on “a small plank” and an inscription “The blood of Christ”. Then His Eminence Filaret asked the vestry’s guardian for a permission to pinch off a particle of the relic to place it in the Kuźmič’s cross. Tha had been done. A question arises: what was that “small plank” in a vestry in Zagorsk? I believe that is definitely the St. Euphrosyne’s cross”, – Siarhiej Tarasau is assured.

“According to my data, the cross had been recently seen by people from Belarus – when we began looking for Sluck Belts to organize their production in Belarus. Unfortunately I can’t tell the names but I can say that they are public officials”, – the historian adds.

Despite the fact that the St. Euphrosyne’s cross is searched internationally, even by the Interpol, Siarhiej Tarasau finds it possible for the Investigative Committee and KGB to look for the cross in the Lavra: “Our talk is not a reasonto search all Lavra. It is still a church institution, not a secular one. The place seems to be public, but, on the same time, it is inaccsessible”.