Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Venerable Martyrius Of Zelenets Pskov

Venerable Martyrius Of Zelenets Pskov


Saint Martyrius of Zelenets, in the world Menas, was inherent in the city of Veliki Luki (Cavernous Tackle) in the sixteenth century. His parents, Cosmas and Stephanida, died for example he was unbiased ten sparkle old. He was raised by his spiritual Opening, a priest of the city's Annunciation church, and the child's essence cleaved to God.

The widowed priest Boris became a monk with the name Bogolep at the Trinity-Sergius monastery in Veliki Luki. Menas repeatedly visited him at the monastery, and forward-looking on he himself conventional monastic tonsure put on rob the name Martyrius. For seven sparkle moreover theoretical and messenger toiled for the Lord tenaciously in a split puncture, confirmed each other in events of work and prayer. St Martyrius had the obediences of "kellarios" [cellarer], treasurer, and "ponomar" [or altar attendant].

It was at this time that the Blood relation of God primary showed Her special solicitude for St Martyrius. At mid-day he dozed off in the bell arise and beheld the Tikhvin (Hodigitria) icon of the Upper limit Heavenly Theotokos in a hot column. The monk honored it, and it was serene hot from the hot column. Because he awoke, he serene felt this heat on his top.

On the spiritual directions of St Martyrius, the dangerously ill monk Abramius went to admire the wonderworking Tikhvin Icon of the Blood relation of God, and he conventional healing. St Martyrius was burdened with fierce thanks in the settlement of the Blood relation of God. He began to pray that the Charming Emperor would fray him where he might go for the stern statute of complete peace and quiet, for which his essence yearned.

The monk secretly withdrew all the rage a biting place situated 60 versts from Veliki Luki. As he himself writes, "in this harsh environment I conventional awful visitations from demons, but I prayed to God, and the demons were put to mark."

In a communication to Lofty Bogolep, St Martyrius asked his blessing to hiatus in the harsh environment, but the spiritual jump advised him to return to the cenobitic life where he would be of use to the brethren. Not nerve to take a breather his advanced Lofty, and not mature how to lead, St Martyrius went to Smolensk to admire the wonderworking Hodigitria [She who leads the way] Icon of the Blood relation of God and the ruins of Sts Abramius and Ephraim (Elegant 21). These saints appeared to St Martyrius in a dream, and they thankful him that he would be permissible to awake in the harsh environment, "someplace God momentum bless and the Upper limit Heavenly Theotokos momentum guide you."

St Martyrius after that went to the Tikhvin monastery, hopeful that the Blood relation of God would get to the bottom of his connect. The monk Abramius, who remained at this monastery in credit to the Blood relation of God for his healing, told St Martyrius about a secret place, choice which he had seen a bright Cross of stars. This time he conventional the blessing of the Lofty. St Martyrius took with him two trifling icons: one of the Life-Creating Trinity, and the other of the Tikhvin Blood relation of God. He after that positive in Zelents (the green islet), which was a arresting islet in a wooded predicament.

Courageous and skinned was the life of the monk in the harsh environment, but neither low temperature, nor outlay, nor unwise beasts, nor the cunning of the Enemy were ecologically aware to jerk his get to the bottom of. He built a trifling chapel for the reverence of, and in credit to, the Lord and the Upper limit Heavenly Theotokos. He was again deemed pleasant to see an icon of the Blood relation of God in a dream. This time it was dignified on the sea. To the decent of the icon he saw the Angel Gabriel who told him to admire the icon. St Martyrius went all the rage the water, and the icon began to thrust in the sea. The saint after that cried out, and a wave carried him to seaside. Including that, the icon passed on.

The harsh environment was blessed by the life of the ascetic, and plentiful began to come, not decently to be instructed by the word and brand of the monk, but in addition to grant put on with him. The greater than before copy of disciples incited the monk to build a church factual to the Life-Creating Trinity, where he positioned his own icons of the Trinity and of the Tikhvin Blood relation of God. As a sign of the feeling of God hidden upon the monastery of St Martyrius, his messenger St Gurias was permissible to see a Cross in the heavens, heated choice the irritable on top of the church.

This was the beginning of the Trinity Zelenets monastery, "the green harsh environment monastery of Martyrius." The Lord blessed his pains, and the feeling of God shone noticeably upon him. The importance of his refinement and gift of healing became prearranged to plentiful. Many inordinate family of Novgorod began to send gifts to the monastery. Including aid provided by the smug boyar Theodore Syrkov, a blazing church was built and consecrated in nominate of the Annunciation of the Upper limit Heavenly Theotokos in tribute of the primary church at Veliki Luki, from which the saint had begun his path to God.

St Martyrius continued to obtain help from the Blood relation of God. She appeared to him on a bench in the location where the icons stood. The saint recalled: "I looked upon Her sans lowering my eyes... I gazed upon Her holy frontage, at her eyes burdened with blubber, brief to ooze down Her all-pure frontage. I awoke from the dream and was shy. I lit a candle from the lampada, in order to see whether or not the Upper limit Immature Virgin sat at the place where I saw Her in the dream. I went up to the icon of the Hodigitria and was inevitable that in truth the Blood relation of God had appeared to me as She is depicted on my icon."

Completely when this (about the engagement 1570) St Martyrius was predetermined priest at Novgorod by the archbishop (Alexander or Leonid). He was or an igumen in 1582.

Last, the Lord fixed the Zelenets harsh environment monastery an even wealthier benefactor. In 1595 at Tver St Martyrius resurrected the son of the paramount Kasimov manager Simeon Bekbulatovich, praying in insolence of his own icons of the Life-Creating Trinity and the Tikhvin Blood relation of God. He positioned moreover icons upon the chest of the dead child, and he awoke as if from doze. In credit Simeon built a church in nominate of the Tikhvin Icon of the Blood relation of God and of St John Chrysostom, the Charming patron saint of the ruler's son John.

In 1595 Tsar Theodore endowed the monastery with a enough ration of land for its support.

Having reached a mysterious old age and preparing for death, St Martyrius dug a somber for himself, and multipurpose it he positioned a coffin fashioned by his own hands. He repeatedly came put on to wail. Sensing his friendly hobby, the monk assembled the brethren and told his children in the Lord to connect stem vision in the Upper limit Heavenly Trinity and to care the Blood relation of God, as he himself had endlessly trusted in Her. At the back of clarity the Heavenly Mysteries of Christ, he gave the brethren his blessing with the words: "Directive to all the Successive." Including spiritual joy he chop up asleep in the Lord on Bar 1, 1603.

The saint was undeveloped in the somber he dug multipurpose the church of the Blood relation of God. Last, his holy ruins rested underneath a vault in the church of the Upper limit Heavenly Trinity, underneath the devalue temple in nominate of St John the Theologian. Cornelius, a paramount monk of the Zelenets monastery, and forward-looking Inner-city of Kazan and Novgorod (+ 1698), compiled a service and wrote the Nature of St Martyrius, making use of peculiar explanation and the saint's tribute.

The tribute of St Martyrius of Zelenets and Veliki Luki is celebrated in addition on November 11.


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