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On June 27, within the framework of the Scientific Spiritual and Educational Center of Righteous Lazarus, Elena Adoeva, Candidate of Biological Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of Biology, spoke to the cadets. She told the participants of the meeting about the origin of the movement of sisters of mercy in Russia.
In the middle of the 19th century, the first communities of sisters of mercy appeared and the world’s first women’s medical unit was created to provide assistance to the wounded during the Crimean War, a prototype of the international “Red Cross”. According to Elena Adoeva, women volunteered for this service and many became famous for their exploits and great work in providing medical care. The noblewoman Ekaterina Bakunina, the daughter of the governor of St. Petersburg, completed medical courses at the Exaltation of the Cross community and went to the theater of military operations. She participated in two military campaigns, and the great surgeon Nikolai Pirogov attributed Bakunina to one of the most outstanding sisters of mercy.
Elena Adoeva told the cadets about other vivid examples of serving the sick and wounded. Each of these outstanding women had a difficult fate and a huge heart.
Yulia Vrevskaya devoted her life to serving people in the role of a sister of mercy, and even her death found her while performing her medical duty – she died of typhus, having become infected with the patients whom she was caring for. Rimma Ivanova is one of three women in the history of the Fatherland who was awarded the Order of St. George. During the First World War, she volunteered for the army, disguised as a man’s clothes, but after the deception was exposed, the girl was left as a sister of mercy. In letters to her parents, she wrote that her act was well thought out and that she saw this as her life purpose. Rimma, along with the soldiers, courageously performed the work to rescue the wounded.
The rector of the church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, priest Andrei Vaschenko, thanked Elena Yakovlevna for her story and reminded her of her medical vocation, high duty of service for the good of the Motherland and neighbor, relying, among other things, on amazing examples to follow. According to Andrey Vashchenko, by alleviating the suffering of the sick, helping our neighbors, we fulfill the main spiritual and moral law.
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