Matrona Of Moscow

The Invention of the relics of Blessed Elderess Matrona

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Translation of the relics of Blessed Elderess Matrona from Danilovskoye cemetery Midnight of March 8, 1998

On the night of March 8, 1998, on the week of the Feast of Orthodoxy, with the blessing of Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus Alexy II, the true relics of the 20th century piety hero Blessed Elderess Matrona were translated at Danilovskoye cemetery in Moscow.

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Coffin of Blessed Matrona  before translation of relics. 8-th of March,1998 

Archbishop of Istra Arseny chaired the exhumation committee. The translation of the true relics of the elderess Matrona was attended by: vicar of Novospassky Monastery bishop of Orekhovo-Zuyevo Alexy, vicar of St. Danilov Monastery Archimandrite Alexy with brethren, Father Superior of the Church of St. Martin the Confessor in Moscow priest Aleksandr Abramov. In Church of Descent of the Holy Spirit at Danilovskoye cemetery, vicar of St. Danilov Monastery Archimandrite Alexy with other clergy conducted a requiem litany. The coffin with the true relics of elderess Matrona was taken to St. Danilov Monastery and placed in the Church of Simeon Stylites over the gates.

Everybody present for this memorable event was spiritually elated, joyful, and festive in a special way.

Apart from the representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, there were other people on the commission, such as forensic expert, anthropologist, medical doctor and professor, Viktor Nikolaevich Zvyagin and archaeologist, doctor of historical sciences, Andrei Kirillovich Tanyukovich.

The commission completed its work on March 13. It was noted that in the examination of the remains of Elderess Matrona, a cross-like bump was found on her chest, which is mentioned in her biography.

A part of the coffin of Blessed Matrona was placed on the analogion in the Intercession Church of St. Danilov Monastery. Here, during the Lent, services were conducted in commemoration of the deceased servant of God Matrona.

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The dress of Blessed Elderess Matrona she was buried in

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Baptismal cross of Blessed Matrona  she was buried with

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Absolution prayer from the coffin of Blessed Matrona March 8, 1998

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The Invention of the relics of Blessed Elderess Matrona. 8-th March,1998

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The Invention of the relics of Blessed Elderess Matrona. 8-th March,1998

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The life of the Blessed Matrona

BLESSED Matrona (Matrona Dimitrievna Nikonova) was born in 1881 in the village of Sebino, Epifan Uyezd (today Kimovsk District), Tula Governorate. The village is around twenty kilometers away from the well-known Kulikovo Field. Her parents – peasants Dimitry and Natalia – were pious and hard-working people living in poverty. There were four children in the family: two brothers – Ivan and Mikhail, and two sisters – Maria and Matrona. Matrona was the youngest. She was born when her parents were no longer young. 

The Moscow period of live of Blessed Matrona

In 1925 Matrona moved to Moscow where she lived for the rest of her life. The huge capital had plenty of miserable and lost people who had fallen away from faith, as well as spiritually sick people with poisoned conscience. Living in Moscow for about thirty years, she performed the ministry, which prevented many people from death, and brought them to salvation.

The repose of Holy Blessed Matrona

They say that the Lord revealed to her the time of her death three days before, and she made all necessary arrangements.

The litany at the grave of Blessed Elderess Matrona

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The Invention of the relics of Blessed Elderess Matrona

On the night of March 8, 1998, on the week of the Feast of Orthodoxy, with the blessing of Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus Alexy II, the true relics of the 20th century piety hero Blessed Elderess Matrona were translated at Danilovskoye cemetery in Moscow.

The translation of the relics of Blessed Elderess Matrona

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The canonization of Holy Religious Blessed Matrona of Moscow

The solemn canonization of Elderess Matrona was performed on  may 2, 1999 by the service of the Holy Patriarch of Moscow Alexy II. 

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