In 1885, during the reign of the dynasty in RussiaRomanovs, there have been many significant events in the world. The French microbiologist L. Pasteur, at his own peril and risk, tested the rabies vaccine on a painfully dying boy. The Germans patented the prototype of a motorcycle - a bicycle with an engine on kerosene. Russia, too, did not remain without significant incidents. The country broke off relations with Bulgaria, the first free reading room appeared in Moscow. But the most important event occurred in the Tula province, in the village of Sebino. There, in a simple peasant family, a girl was born who glorified the holy Orthodox Russia for many decades.
Today it is difficult to find a person in Russia, notwho knows who Matron Moscow is. Biography, birthday, dates of veneration are known to most Orthodox Christians. It is difficult even to imagine the number of people who turn to the saint for help every minute. Long before the canonization of the old man, the common people realized who should go to the most hopeless cases.
People still remember the words of a saint,said many years ago: "Come to me. Tell me about your grief as alive. I will help. Everyone who comes to me will meet at death. " And the Orthodox people go when everyday problems, incurable disease, paralyzed limbs, infertility, drunkenness, financial difficulties ... All requests can not be counted. People refer to it as a beloved grandmother, who will make everyone feel good, pity and always help.
The future holy old man was born the fourtha child in a family of poor peasants. The biography of Matrona Moskovskaya began with the sad decision of her mother, Natalia Nikonova, to give the baby to the orphanage. The family was not able to feed one more child. However, shortly before the birth of the child, Natalia saw a dream that made her forget about her decision. The woman had a wonderful bird with a human face. The feathered beauty had eyes closed. Natalia interpreted the vision as a sign that the will of God to abandon the child is not. The newborn was born in 1881 on November 10 (22). After her birth, the prophetic dream was confirmed. The baby was blind.
Since the beginning of the birth of the child accompanied by unusual events. The first such incident occurred during the girl's baptism.
The priest, lowering his child into the font, was amazedthe column of a fragrant mist appeared near the baby. "The child will be a saint," said the minister of the church. On this strangeness in the life of the child did not end. Natalia told her friends that the newborn "fasts" on her own. The girl refused to breast-feed on Wednesday and Friday. The little girl spent the night with icons in a red corner. Matronushka played not with peers who laughed at her, but with images of holy people. While peers were entertained as usual in the courtyard, the baby sang along with the church choir in the service.
In my early childhood I became famous among the peoplethe future Holy Matrona Moscow. Biography of the blessed as a healer and a visionary began at the age of seven or eight years. Since childhood, she has received many people who have been helped by prayer. The people stretched out to the poor peasant hut without end. Grateful people left food for the child, gifts. So the child from the burden turned into the main wet-nurse of the family. Gifted by God, the child was pursued by the devil's attacks. One day Natalia invited the girl to come home, it was too cold outside. Matronushka refused, explaining that Satan is tempting her. According to the stories of the child, the evil angel did not let her be in the hut, pricked with pitchforks and burned with fire.
A lot of joy in his youth Matron deliveredtravel to holy places. A pious friend took the girl with her on pilgrimage trips. She managed to visit the Trinity-Sergius Lavra and Kiev-Pecherskaya, other places that hold orthodox relics. One such trip was marked by an amazing event. In St. Andrew's Cathedral, Mother met with John of Kronstadt. He, noticing the 14-year-old girl in the crowd of parishioners, asked people to part ways so that the saint could greet his shift. "The eighth pillar of Russia", - called it John.
At the age of 17, a tragedy happened that changed foreverthe fate of my mother. Her legs were cut off. The woman knew in advance that one day a parishioner would approach her, because of which she could no longer walk. "I did not run from the will of God," Matronushka later explained to those around her. However, this is not the end of her tests. Soon she had nowhere to live. The foretold holy revolution began, and with it the long years of persecution of believers. The biography of the Matrona of Moscow in times of persecution against Christians differed in fidelity to the charters of the Church and exceptional spiritual staunchness. Tense life was filled with prayers and compassionate attitude towards people. Blind, paralyzed, homeless, without a family, she found the strength to console petitioners, to save them from suffering by their prayerful boldness to the Lord.
In 1917 there was a difficult time of wandering andrepression. The authorities did not approve religious ascetics and pursued them. Matrona's elder brothers, ardent activists of collectivization, were hampered by the anti-Soviet activities of the younger sister. At that time, for religious propaganda it was possible to lose much, including life. The biography of Matrona of Moscow marks this tense moment as a period of hard choices between the family and the mission of God. And she chose the latter. In 1925 my mother moved to Moscow. Here, in the capital, she lived all the remaining 30 years of her life, homeless and unsettled.
Even in our time it seems incredible situation,When a person lives alone in the capital, being blind, unable to walk. What can we say about the post-revolutionary period. But in addition to physical ailments, the saint had problems with the police. At this point in life, the biography of Matrona Moskovskaya begins to resemble a detective: problems with residence permits, the prosecution of custody order, total disorganization, constant relocation. Every time she managed to hide from the pursuit, which she miraculously learned in advance.
Saint Matron could not look after himself. The Moscow biography of the old man is rich in the names of believing women who took care of her for Christ's sake.
They, together with the blessed one, wandered about the apartments,being exposed to danger. From house to house, from one street to another. Once she managed to catch a law enforcement officer. But this meeting was not an easy one, but a commercial one. Blessed from the threshold, she sent the policeman home. Struck by the unusual reception of the old man, the man listened to her and so managed to save the dying wife. The last years of her life the saint spent in Moscow near her relatives. She knew about her death in advance. Before her death, she asked me to invite my father to the house. The priest who came was surprised when he found out that the blessed one was afraid to die. The old lady went to the Lord in 1952 on May 2.
From an early age Matronushka foresaw the calamities and dangers that await the Russian people.
In 2012, the media reported on thethe old man's prophecy about the end of the world. Ostensibly humanity will perish without war, said Matron Moscow. Prediction of 2017 makes the most tragic in human life on earth. They will fall asleep alive, but reborn with disembodied souls. What these words mean is unknown. It is said that the information was obtained from a friend of Matrona who did not wish to give her name. About the prediction categorically expressed the servants of the church. No Christian can accurately name the end of the world, it is clearly and specifically stated in the Scriptures, explained the clergy.
Despite her infirmities, which my motherperceived as a cross given from above, it healed people in the most hopeless cases. There is a story about a paralyzed man living 4 km from Sebino. The matron advised him to come. The paralyzed man overcame a huge distance for such a sick man, and he returned home on his own feet. Eyewitnesses said that she met the visitors with traditional prayers from the morning rule, without any additions. So she healed the possessed and sick. My mother always said that she does not treat people herself, but that God does by her prayers.
A believing soul can not be deceived. Those who come to her with love and a pure heart leave notes to Matrona of Moscow, turn to her in prayer, feel that the blessed old man does not leave them in trouble.
The petitioners are healed of diseases, they arrangepersonal life, give birth to long-awaited children, find work. The list of the blessings of the saint can be continued indefinitely. It is noteworthy that admirers receive not only help from my mother, but spiritual support. People feel how the saint prays for them in difficult situations.
The first years the road to the grave of the saint, asthey say, "it was not grass". Time passed, fans died, moved, forgot about the old man. Then came the time of perestroika, and together with it began the revival of the religious life of the Russian people, which for many years lacked faith and spiritual consolation. Fans blessed managed to publish memories of her. The news of the old man quickly spread through the country. "If there was a disaster - go to Matrona, she will help," - said the believing people. From this time the canonization of the saint began. For several years the special commission was working on checking the information about the life of the old man, and at the same time her life was written down by the chroniclers. In 1998, the exhumation of the remains was finally carried out. In the Pokrovsky Monastery, the relics of Matrona Moskovskaya were solemnly transferred. The address where the shrine is located: st. Taganskaya, house 58. The old man was canonized on May 2, 1999.
Prayer to the great ascetic beforeher way, according to many people, does not remain unanswered. The icon of the blessed Matrona of Moscow is unusual in that the icon painters, when drawing it, face the difficult task of depicting the face of a blind old man. Whereas the main detail in the classical image of a saint is the eyes.
Among the written images there is an unusual story. This is an icon where Mother blesses JV Stalin to protect the capital.
The appearance of the relic caused heated debate insociety. Representatives of the hierarchy consider this image not canonical, since the conversation between the saint and the ruler of the state, who allegedly came to her for advice, is not a proven historical event. Reliable information about the life of the blessed can be communicated to the official website of the Matrona of the Moscow Pokrovsky Stavropigial Monastery, where the relics of the saint are kept: pokrov-monastir.ru.