St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk
The daughter of Duke Svyatoslav (Wenceslaus) of Polotsk, Euphrosyne became
a recluse at an early age at the Holy Wisdom Cathedral in Kiev. She copied
books and gave her earnings to the poor; she founded a monastery at
Seltse. In the early 1170's, she took a pilgrimage to Constantinople and
to the Holy Land. Patriarch Michael II gave her an icon of the Theotokos,
which is now called the Virgin of Korsun. The Crusader king, Amaury I,
received her in the Holy Land. Euphrosyne died in 1173 at Jerusalem, and
her body was returned to Kiev for burial.
Karen Rae Keck
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