Matrona of Thessalonica

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St. 'Matrona of Thessalonica is commemorated by the church March 27.

Life

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 severly that she died a few days later, and thus received the crown of her confession. [1]

Hymns

Kontakion in the Fourth Tone

O Lord Jesus, unto You Your lamb cries with a great voice, "O my Bridegroom, You I love; and seaking 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 splotless sacrifice". Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since You are great in mercy.

References

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  1. St Matrona of Thessalonica from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia website.