Patron Saint's Day: St Lazarus Saturday
A church in honour of the Righteous Lazarus was consecrated at the Northern Cemetery in Minsk on May 10, 2005. The snow-white church is erected near a crematorium, as a witness of the victory over death and as a reminder of the fact that all are alive unto God. Frescoes of the Chora monastery church (now Istanbul) that show the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the Last Judgement that follows it served as samples for the mural paintings of this church. Panikhidas are served every Saturday. Divine Liturgies followed by panikhidas are celebrated on Sundays.
The patron saint of the church, Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco is known for his ministry among people with mental illness and disability.
The spiritual centre of the Convent is certainly the church of Mary Magdalene. Pilgrims that come to the Holy Land always visit this church, which is located in the Garden of Gethsemane, at the very foot of the Mount of Olives.