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Today is the memory of the heavenly patroness of St. Petersburg

February 6 2007

On Tuesday, Orthodox inhabitants of St. Petersburg celebrates the day of St. Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg - the main celestial patroness of the city.

In St. Petersburg diocese, reported that on that day will host a festive worship in the temple in honor of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God. After the liturgy in the chapel of St. Blessed Xenia of the Smolensk cemetery, which has existed for 103 years, will be served acathistus the patron saint of the city.

Born in Xenia Petrova between 1719 and 1730 years, was married to Col. Andrei Petrov, a chorister of the church choir. When Ksenia was 26 years old, her husband died. This hit so strongly impressed the young woman that she had renounced all the pleasures of life, property distributed to the poor, gave to his house, dressed in a costume of her dead husband, and told everyone to call themselves Andrei Fedorovich. After the death of her husband Xenia lived 45 years, all those years wandering homeless wanderer. She was buried in the Smolensk cemetery Vasilevsky Island near the Church of the Smolensk Mother of God, in the construction of which she was directly involved. Xenia of Petersburg in 1988, was canonized. Tells Interfax

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