Saint Matrona from Russia
It is celebrated on May 2 each year.
Osia Matrona was born in 1881 AD. in the village of Sembino Epiphaniskaya in the prefecture of Tula, today called Komifski, by pious and virtuous parents, Dimitrios and Natalia. Osia also had three siblings, Ivan, Michael and Maria. Her parents, being poor, thought of giving the child they were expecting to the Golitsyn orphanage. But the Matron’s mother saw, before her birth in her dream that a bird with human form but without eyes came and sat on her right hand. Then she took her dream as a sign to God, that the child she will bring into the world will be a vessel of choice and so they decided not to give him to the orphanage.
Osia was born blind. At her baptism, which was performed by the pious and forward-thinking priest Vasilios, a light cloud emanating fragrance formed over the bathing pool. It was also this point that revealed the spiritual progress that the Saint would have.
The only place she kept going, because she was blind, was church. When her mother didn’t find her at home, she knew Matrona was at church. Even from her childhood, she had been given the gift of foresight and insight. He knew people’s illnesses, their problems, their failures and thus warned and advised them.
Osia visited many pilgrimage sites in Russia. On one of her pilgrimages, she found herself in front of Agios Ioannis of Krostandi, who was still alive at the time. Without seeing Osia, he told them to make room and shouted: “Matrona, come here”, without knowing her. And Saint John continued: “She will be my successor. This is the eighth pillar of Russia.” Agia was then fourteen years old.
At the age of seventeen Matrona not only could not see, but also stopped walking. She lived thus paralyzed for fifty years. However, she never complained and said that everything that happened to her was spiritual and only God knows the reasons. She used to say to those who visited her: “The time will come when bread and a cross will be placed before you, so that you can choose. We will go through difficult times and we Christians must choose the cross.”
She blessed the people who visited her, put her hands on their heads and read them prayers. On her forehead, from the many crosses she made, a dimple formed. God also claimed her with the gift of miracles and thus she healed and spiritually benefited many.
The Holy God revealed to her that the day of her exit from this vain world was approaching. Three days before she fell asleep, he gave instructions for her funeral procession and burial. Osia Matrona slept peacefully in 1952 AD. and was buried in the cemetery of the monastery of Daniel.