Icon of St. Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg

Icon of St. Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg
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St. blessed John Paul II. Xenia Of Petersburg


 
Direct print on linden panel.
Mock gold.

The icon was painted at the Faculty of Church Arts at St. Tikhon's Theological Institute. 
Blessed Xenia was born in early 18th cent. to a pious and prosperous family. At the age of 18, she was married to Andrey Fyodorovich Petrov, a colonel and a singer of the court choir. The marriage was happy but short-lived. When Xenia was 25, her husband dies. She put on her spouse's uniform and gave out all her wealth to the poor, including her house which she gave to an acquaintance as a present. Xenia became a wanderer. In the daytime she was wandering in the vicinity of St. Apostle Mathew's church, and at night, she went to the countryside. There she spent all the night kneeling in the prayer. The locals loved Xenia. It was considered a good sign when she entered a house. The Saint was also blessed with sagacity. She reposed in late 18th century. Blessed Xenia was buried in Smolensk cemetery, and the pilgrimage to her grave started very soon after that. Through her prayers, the sick were cured, and peace was preserved in families. She often appeared in dreams, warning about dangers and delivering from troubles. In the course of time, a chapel was built above her grave, that was closed after the Revolution, yet the never ending pilgrimage and miracles caused its reopening. 

Veneration. Feast day: January 24 (February 6 by Gregorian calendar). 


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