Matrona of Thessalonica

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The holy and glorious [[Martyr]] '''Matrona of Thessalonica''' is commemorated by the church [[March 27]].
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==Life==
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St. Matrona was the servant of a Jewish woman named Pantilla, the wife of the governor of Thessalonica. When Matrona refused to follow her mistress into the [[synagogue]], Pantilla beat her so severely that she died a few days later, and thus received the crown of her confession.<ref>[http://home.iprimus.com.au/xenos/matrona.html St Matrona of Thessalonica]  ([[GOAA]])</ref>
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==Historical==
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According to archaeological evidence and various written sources, the [[monastery]] of St. Matrona is one of the first three monasteries of Thessaloniki. According to the information historians have, until the beginning of [[iconoclasm]] (726), there is reference to a "monastery of Saint Matrona, located outside the walls of Thesssaloniki, with strong fortification. It existed about the end of the 6th and the beginning of the 7th century."<ref>[http://www.ems.name/makedonika%2034/harizanis.pdf Summary of ''The Beginning of Monasticism in Thessaloniki'' (PDF)] by G. Harizanis</ref>
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The book of the Miracles of Saint Demetrius mentions a [[church]] dedicated to Saint Matrona (This church, which was near the Via Egnatia, is also mentioned by the [[Archbishop]] of Thessaloniki, Alexander.) In the account of the saint's deeds we read: "Άθλησις της Αγίας Μάρτυρος Ματρώνης εκ πόλεως Θεσσαλονίκης. Αυτή θεράπαινα υπήρξε Παντίλλης τινός Ιουδαίας, γυναικός στρατοπεδάρχου εν τη Θεσσαλονικέων πόλει," which translates to: "Miracle of the Holy Martyr Matrona of Thessaloniki. She cured a Jewess named Pantilla, the wife of a garrison commander in the city of the Thessalonians."<ref>Tafrali, O., ''Topographie de Thessalonique'', Paris 1913, p. 184.</ref>
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==Hymns==
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[[Kontakion]] ([[Tone]] 4) [http://home.iprimus.com.au/xenos/matrona.html]
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:O Lord Jesus, unto You Your lamb cries with a great voice, "O my Bridegroom, You I love; and seeking You, I now contest, and with Your baptism I am crucified and buried. I suffer for Your sake, that I may reign with You; for Your sake I die, that I may live in you. Accept me, offered out of longing to You as a spotless sacrifice." Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since You are great in mercy.
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==References==
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==External links==
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=100913 Martyr Matrona of Thessalonica] ([[OCA]])
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*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=473 Matrona of Thessaloniki] ([[GOARCH]])
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*[http://www.westsrbdio.org/prolog/my.html?month=March&day=27 The Holy Martyr, Matrona] (''[[Prologue of Ohrid]]'')
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[[Category:Greek Saints]]
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[[Category:Martyrs]]
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