On the eve of the feast of St. Matrona of Moscow, the Russian site Pravoslavie.ru asked its readers to share some of their stories about miraculous help they received from the saint in their own lives. We joyfully publish English translations of just a few of them here for our readers!
“Of course she helped me, and not just once!”
The most important moments in my life:
—Through her holy prayers, I obtained my own apartment in my favorite region of Moscow (there was a real possibility of having to move to another end of the city).
—I found a very good job, my dream job (this was twelve years ago, but I am still working here!).
—Matushka Matrona helped me find my spouse! I met a wonderful girl, and we started dating. But I was wracked with doubts: What if the Lord didn’t really send her to me, and I had just dreamed it all up? You have to avoid self-made crosses!
I went out during one of our lunch breaks for a stroll, and prayed to Matronyshka for guidance. And when I turned the corner I practically ran head-on into my future wife. As it turns out, she was just returning from Pokrov Convent [where the relics of St. Matrona are], where she was praying about the same thing that I was praying about.
Well in fact Blessed Matrona is my favorite and dearest saint!
“Dry roses sprouted fresh growth.”
Hello, brothers and sisters. I would like to tell you the story of a miracle. My mother told me about it. In 2012, a particle of the relics of St. Matrona of Moscow was brought to us in Krasnoyarsk [Siberia]. People waited in line for several hours in order to venerate her relics. While standing in line my mother heard this story from a nurse who worked in the oncology ward. This nurse has venerated St. Matrona for a long time, prays to her, and has been to her reliquary in the Moscow Pokrov Convent several times.
In her ward there was a young woman patient in a very serious state; she was dying, and she had two little children. This nurse felt very sorry for her. At that time she had the opportunity to go to Moscow and venerate the relics of St. Matrona, where she prayed for this woman.
At the convent they gave her some dry roses that were blessed on the relics of the saint, and she brought these to the dying woman. In the train (it takes four whole days to travel to us by train) a miracle happened: Those dry rose began to sprout fresh growth. And when she arrived home and gave the roses to the patient, she was healed.
Wondrous are Thy works, O Lord! Holy Blessed Matronushka, pray to Christ for us!
“I immediately understood that this money was brought help you!”
I would like to share another little miracle of my own.
In 2010, after a long interval, I had the opportunity to finish the last year of the university. They were letting me finish only for money. With God’s help I finished the first semester. I borrowed money from my employer with a year’s postponement of repay. I wanted to take out a bank loan for the second and last semester. But two different banks denied me credit.
I had no one to count on for help, because my parents live very modestly.
I prayed very hard to Blessed Matrona of Moscow, and continually read her Akathist. The final date arrived for me to pay tuition. And after reading the Akathist once more to Blessed Matronyska, a firm assurance appearance in me that it would all come together. She consoled me then.
In just a few days a colleague at work (with whom I was not even close friends, but she knew about my situation with the tuition), brought me the sufficient amount on loan.
As it turns out, her mother had the day before brought her this money, which she had saved up just for her. She didn’t need the money at the moment, and there was nothing to spend it on. She said, “I immediately understood that this money was brought to help you!”
This is how Blessed Matrona helped me through kind people. I received very obvious help through her prayers throughout that school year.
Blessed Matrona, pray to Christ God for us!
“My pain went away in literally just a few minutes.”
Not long ago, Matronyshka helped me: My relative went on a pilgrimage to Matushka Matronushka and brought us blessed oil as a gift. I had baked pies in the oven for the children when they arrived and in the process burned my finger on the hot baking pan. A wide, white strip appeared immediately. In a panic, I didn’t know what to use on it—a raw potato, cold water, butter, oil all passed through my mind…
But I had read contrary opinions about all of these cures at one time. Then a precise thought came into my mind: “oil from Matronushka”. I applied the oil to the burn with prayer, stood a few minutes before the icons, prayed some more (I asked that at least to take the pain away, because I had to go to work that evening, and I worked in rubber gloves with water).
After these few minutes the pain had gone away completely. I finished baking the pies, went to work, and redid various things; the burned area quickly turned red, and the expected large boils did not appear. It all went away calmly and unnoticeably thanks to Matronushka.