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ALEXIS II CONDUCTED WORSHIP IN POKROV MONASTERY

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  • Fr. Basil Grisel
    Patriarchal appearance refutes rumors ALEXIS II CONDUCTED WORSHIP IN POKROV MONASTERY Mir religii, 2 May 2007
    Message 1 of 2 , May 3, 2007
      Patriarchal appearance refutes rumors
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      ALEXIS II CONDUCTED WORSHIP IN POKROV MONASTERY
      Mir religii, 2 May 2007<http://www.religio.ru/news/14744_print.html>

      Tuesday morning Pariarch Alexis II of Moscow and all-Rus led the festival divine liturgy in the Pokrov convent of Moscow. Around 9:15, Moscow time, the patriarch was met at the gates of the cloister by a large crowd of Orthodox believers who greeted the primate of the Russian Orthodox church (RPTs) with the proclamations "Christ is risen" and "Many years."

      Against the background of the festive peeling of bells and the singing of the women's convent choir, Alexis II entered the main cathedral of the cloister where the service began. The cathedral of the Resurrection in Pokrov convent, where Alexis II celebrated the divine liturgy, was unable to accommodate all who wished to enter.

      According to reports from RIA Novosti, around 1,000 believers gathered in the church. About another 2,000 persons worshipped in the yard of the cloister, where the service was broadcast on a large screen.

      The patriarch greeted the audience with the joyful paschal proclamation "Christ is risen."

      An unusual atmosphere of animation and joy ruled within the convent. At the entrances to the cloister one could catch sight of a multitude of festively dressed people rushing to the service with flowers. Also in festive robes were dozens of clergy who concelebrated the liturgy with the patriarch.

      Before the beginning of the liturgy Alexis II venerated the relics of St. Matrona of Moscow, who is buried in the Pokrov church [church of the Protection of the Virgin] of the monastery.

      The line of believers who came to venerate the saint's relics with traditional flowers wound for hundreds of meters beyond the gates of the cloister. Now approximately 3,000 persons were located in the yard of the convent, where those desiring to do so continued to arrive for venerating the relics.

      This year, on 2 May, the Russian Orthodox church celebrates the 55th anniversary of the death of St. Matrona of Moscow, whose relics are located in Pokrov monastery.

      Matrona Nikonova was born in 1885 in the village of Sebino in Tula province, into a poor family. The girl was blind from birth, but God granted her spiritual vision. From her early years Matrona was acquainted with human intents and sins and she predicted natural and social disasters. Through her prayers people received healings from diseases and consolation in their sorrows, according to the vita of the saint.

      In 1925 St. Matrona resettled in Moscow. She would receive up to forty persons as day. Her aid to people was selfless. Matrona prayed for victims and she stressed that it was not she that helped, but God. St. Matrona died 2 May 1952. According to her vita, before her death she said: "Everyone, everyone, come to me and tell me about your life and your sorrows and I will see you, listen, and help you." In the autumn of 2004 the bishops' council of RPTs canonized Matrona of Moscow as a church-wide saint. (tr. by PDS, posted 2 May 2007)

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    • antiquariu@aol.com
      In a message dated 5/3/2007 8:49:05 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, batushka@msn.com writes: Against the background of the festive peeling of bells and the singing
      Message 2 of 2 , May 3, 2007
        In a message dated 5/3/2007 8:49:05 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
        batushka@... writes:

        Against the background of the festive peeling of bells and the singing of
        the women's convent choir, Alexis II entered the main cathedral of the cloister
        where the service began.



        :-) Must be a Russian thing. Keeps the bells shiny.

        In Christ,

        Vova H.



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