Part of the relics of St. Matrona of Moscow has been delivered to Minsk today, BelTA informs referring to the official portal of the Belarusian Orthodox Church.
The icon of the holy Blessed Matrona of Moscow with part of the relics will be kept in the church of the Holy Prince Alexander Nevsky in Minsk from February 25 to May 13. It is planned that the icon will be available for the worship of believers daily from 8.00 to 20.00. Approximate parting time is 12.30 (May 13).
The shrine is the gift of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II to the Nativity-Theotokos of the Stauropegic Convent in Grodno.
The Blessed Matrona of Moscow (Matrona Dmitrievna Nikonova) is one of the most beloved saints of the Orthodox people. The Lord honored the disabled woman, blind from birth and unable to walk with the gift of miracles and perspicacity. Believers venerate the blessed Matron as a great prayer-woman who helped her neighbors in her earthly life and continues to respond to the requests of sincere hearts now, staying in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Matrona of Moscow (Matrona Dmitrievna Nikonova by birth) is a saint of the Russian Orthodox Church. She was born in 1881 in the village of Sebino, Tula province, and was the fourth child in the family. She was born blind. They say that on the girl's chest there was a bulge in the form of a cross, a man-made cross.
According to the life of Saint Matrona, from the age of 7-8 she had the gift of predicting and healing. By her prayer, people received healing from sicknesses and comfort in grief. Visitors began to come to her from everywhere. At the age of 17, Matrona lost the opportunity to walk: her legs suddenly broke off. Until the end of her days she was sedentary, but she never grumbled because of the ailment and humbly carried this heavy cross.
She predicted the arrival of the revolution, the ruin of temples and a retreat from faith, predicted a difficult choice facing the people. The revolution made a division in her family also: Matrona’s both brothers joined the party. To live under one roof with a blessed one, to whom people went and rode from everywhere, was unbearable for them. Matrona could not back down from God and moved to Moscow where she lived until the end of her days. So in 1925, she became a homeless stranger who had neither a permanent corner for living, nor registration. She had to live together with her friends, acquaintances, often moving from one place to another. Every day Matrona received about 40 visitors. People came to her with their troubles, mental and physical pain. She did not refuse to help anyone.
Matrona died on May 2, 1952. She was buried at the Danilov cemetery in Moscow. Later on the grave of St. Matrona became a site of an unofficial pilgrimage.
On 8 March 1998, the remains were exhumed. The relics were delivered to the Moscow Danilov Monastery and then transferred to the temple in the Pokrovsky Convent and placed in a special tomb (raku). On May 2, 1999 Matrona was canonized as a local Moscow saint. In 2004, general church canonization took place.
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