An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
There are a number of soldier saints in the Orthodox Church, this young man might be the newest. Another article may be found here. And a third (which includes some images of his "icons") here.
I must, however, object to this line in the first article:
Church elders have frowned upon Yevgeny's grassroots canonisation.
PUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The VAST majority of Orthodox Saints became so through what could be called a "grassroots canonisation." In fact, how else could it happen in the Orthodox Church? Either the reporter is blabbing and stating what he/she wants to believe or the "elders" have other reasons for objecting to the canonization.
As it turns out, this story is quite old - Yevgeny was martyred in 1996.
Well, the story of his death is old, but the story of his "grassroots canonization" is current, as I understandd. The matter facing the Russian Church is the same they faced when glorifying the Royal New-martyrs and Passion-bearers Tsar St. Nicholas and his family. They were getting pressure from the people, but they were very concerned with the political and historical ramifications of recognizing the Royal New-martyrs. The situation is the same with this martyr.
The part about icons weeping myrhh is especially touching. Blessed Eugene, pray for us.
Actually I think it's pretty status quo: there were icons of St Raphael of brooklyen for quite some time... and no one questioned his sanctity. But the Hierarchs dallied :-) You have to look at a "grass roots" movement for a while to see it it has enough energy to go forward.
Our "process" of canonization is so unorganized, so democratic so very Orthodox that it is possible for people outside to think "they are fighting" when in fact the Church is just discerning God's leading.
But grassroots isn't enough: there are those who think Rasputin should be a saint - but they are being ignored. Sometimes the push back from the top is correct.