Icon of St. Blessed Matrona of Moscow

Icon of St. Blessed Matrona of Moscow
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St. blessed John Paul II. Matrona Of Moscow


 
Direct print on linden panel.
Mock gold.

The icon was painted at the Faculty of Church Arts of St. Tikhon’s Theological Institute. Blessed Matrona was born on 1885 in the village of Sebino of Tula region. Instead of eyes, she had just closed eye-lids. Sacred things attracted the girl from her very early years. At the age of 6 or 7, she manifested the gift of spiritual vision, which attracted numerous pilgrims who received her blessed assistance. At the age of 17, she suddenly lost use of her legs. Soon came the difficult times of godless rule. Matrona moved to Moscow, and her wanderings between the acquaintances' apartments and houses started. She escaped arrests by miracle. Despite all the troubles, Matrona continued receiving people, giving them consolation and encouragement. At night, Matrona prayed. On May 2, 1952, she departed into the Lord. On May 4, she was buries in Danilovskoye cemetery, which 30 years later became a destination for Orthodox pilgrims from all over Russia. On march 8, 1998, with the blessing from the Holy Patriarch Alexis II, Eldress Matrona's holy relics were excavated and transferred to the Protection of Theotokos Convent. She was canonized on May 2, 1999. After an early Liturgy in the Protection of Theotokos Cathedral, the last Litany was served for her. Next morning, the Holy Patriarch Alexis II announced her canonization.. 

Feast day of St. Blessed Matrona of Moscow: April 19 (May 2 by Gregorian calendar) 

 Like during her earthly life, she continues to help people. Compassion rooted in her loving heart, prayer, the holy Cross, and faithfulness to the canons of the Orthodox Church were in the focus of her intense spiritual life. Her deeds of faith are to be associated with ancient popular traditions of piety. Therefore, the assistance received through addressing the righteous Eldress gives spiritual fruit, as people become more confident about their faith, churched both internally and externally, and partaking in everyday prayer.. 

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