Life of St Matrona
St Matrona was born in 1881 in the village of Sebino of Epiphansky district of Tula region. The village is only 20 km away from the famous Kulikovo field, where the Mongols were defeated by the Russian army in 1380. Her guardians, Dimitry and Natalia, were sincere, genuine and dedicated people. They were poor. They had four children: two brothers, Ivan and Mikhail, and two sisters, Maria and Matrona. Matrona was the most youthful. When she was born, her guardians were no longer young. There was a mark on St. Matrona’s body that showed that the girl was chosen by God. It was a cross-shaped swelling on her chest.
Gifts of prophecy:
At the age of seven or eight, St Matrona displayed the blessings of prophecy and of mending the sick. The Nikonovs’ house was close to the Church of Dormition of the Mother of God. Matrona’s parents were pious and preferred progressing to church together. Matrona too grew up in the church. To begin with she went to the administrations together with her mother, and afterwards, she came alone using each opportunity. When the mother lost sight of the young lady, she nearly always found her in the church. St Matrona stood there quietly for no reason at all. She knew the church singing well and frequently joined in from where she was. She must have obtained the blessing of consistent prayer in childhood.
Being young, St Matrona anticipated the Revolution in Russia. She portrayed in detail how churches would be profaned and ravaged, how believers would be abused, and what a ridiculous struggle would unfold for the land. Matrona herself was forced to lead a vagarious life in soviet years. Other than, bearing in intellect the mistreatments that progressive authorities subjected Orthodox Christians to, the brothers feared for their possess lives and the lives of their family and kin. For this reason, Matrona, with the assistance of companions, found herself in Moscow, where she had relatives.
It is said that she knew about her death already. She gave all the essential instructions, inquiring to have her funeral service within the Church of the Deposition of the Robe on Donskaya Road, where Fr. Nikolai Golubstov served. She moreover asked that people not bring plastic blossoms and wreaths to her funeral. Until the end, she regularly had a confession and Sacred Communion. She predicted that a few years after her death her grave would end up a location of pilgrimage, and so it happened, taking after her passing in 1952.