Litya Remembrance service held at the grave of St. Elena of Diveyevo’s parents
A picturesque village of Noucha stretches along the banks of the namesake river forty kilometers away from Diveyevo near the town of Ardatov. During Seraphim of Sarov’s lifetime, the holy elder’s spiritual children, brother and sister Michael and Elena Manturov, owned this village. Mikhail Vasilyevich donated Noucha for the construction of the Nativity churches at the Diveyevo monastery.
The village had a large and beautiful church of the All-Merciful Savior with side altars dedicated to St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and Venerable Alexander of Svir.
Michael and Elena’s parents, the landowners Vasily Fyodorovich and Ekaterina Gavrilovna Manturovs, departed to the Lord early in life and were buried behind the church altar in Noucha. Their grave was recently restored.
On the day of remembrance of Elena Vasilyevna, the sisters of the Seraphim-Diveyevo monastery visited Noucha. At their request, the Hieromonk Nikolai of the Florischev hermitage, who resides at the Noucha skete, served a Litya remembrance service at the grave of St. Elena’s parents.