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Matrona of Moscow

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The main virtue of the Blessed Matrona’s life was in patience. A great patience, stemming from a purity of heart and passionate love for people; a kind of patience that the Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church had prophesied would save people. The Blessed Matrona, just like any true Christian zealot, taught people Christianity not so much in words, as by the deeds of her whole life. Physically blind, she taught and continues to teach people true spiritual vision.
Chosen by the Holy Spirit from thy swaddling clothes O blessed eldress Matrona,<br>
Thou didst receive bodily weakness and blindness from God for spiritual cleansing,<br>
Thou wast enriched with the gift of foresight and wonderworking and hast been adorned with an incorruptible crown from the Lord.<br>
Wherefore, we offer thee crowns of praise, in gratitude crying out:<br>
Rejoice O righteous mother Matrona, fervent intercessor before God for us!<br>
'''Ikos 1'''<br>
An angel in the flesh wast thou revealed to be, O blessed Matrona, fulfilling the will of God. Though thou wast born in bodily blindness yet the Lord who maketh wise the blind and loveth the righteous enlightened thy spiritual eyes that thou mightest serve His people and the things of God were made manifest through thee.<br>
Wherefore with love we sing to thee such things as these:<br>
Rejoice, chosen one of God from thy youth;<br>
Rejoice, thou who didst shine forth with the grace of the Holy Spirit from thy cradle.<br>
Rejoice, thou who wast enriched with the gift of miracles even as a child;<br>
Rejoice, thou who wast filled with wisdom from God most high.<br>
Rejoice, thou who foresawest the will of God with noetic eyes;<br>
Rejoice, thou who didst put to shame the wise of this age who are blinded in mind.<br>
Rejoice, thou who ledest deluded souls back toward God;<br>
Rejoice, thou who assuagest sorrow and affliction.<br>
Rejoice O righteous mother Matrona, fervent intercessor before God for us.<br>
* Tatyana Shvetsova. [ SAINT BLESSED MATRONA]. The Voice of Russia. May 11, 2007 15:12 Moscow Time.
* [ St. Matrona of Moscow]. The Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.
* [ Blessed Matrona], Orthodoxy and the World, Russian Orthodox Church Website.

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