Uncovering of relics of the Venerable Confessor Matrona of Diveyevo
The holy relics of the Venerable Confessor Matrona of Diveyevo have been discovered sixteen years ago, on September 18, 2007. They rest in the Kazan Cathedral of the Seraphim-Diveyevo monastery. A prayer service was held at the relics of the saint on the memorable day.
Venerable Confessor Matrona (Vlasova) was born in 1889 in the village of Puza, Nizhny Novgorod Province, to a peasant family. When she was six, she became an orphan and was brought up in the Seraphim-Diveyevo monastery. Nun Matrona lived in the monastery in obedience and prayer until its closure in 1927.
After the closure of the monastery, she was arrested three times. In total, Mother Matrona stayed in Stalin’s camps for almost nineteen years. In 1954 her brother Andrei Grigorievich Vlasov wrote a petition asking for a pardon of his sister, and during the last years of her life nun Matrona resided in her native village.
Nun Matrona departed to the Lord on November 7, 1963 and was buried in the village cemetery next to the graves of the Martyrs Eudoxia, Daria, Daria and Maria. In 2001, nun Matrona was glorified among the saints.