Matrona of Thessalonica
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.
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 sixth and the beginning of the seventh century."
The book of the Miracles of Saint Demetrius mentions a church dedicated to St. 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."
- 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.
- St Matrona of Thessalonica (GOAA)
- Summary of The Beginning of Monasticism in Thessaloniki (PDF) by G. Harizanis
- Tafrali, O., Topographie de Thessalonique, Paris 1913, p. 184.