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Righteous Juliania of Lazarev and Muromsk

Com­mem­o­rat­ed on Jan­u­ary 2

wpid-saint-juliana.jpgRight­eous Julia­nia of Lazarev and Murom­sk presents an aston­ish­ing exam­ple of a self-deny­ing Russ­ian Chris­t­ian woman. She was the daugh­ter of the noble­man Iustin Nedi­urov. From her ear­ly years she lived pious­ly, kept the fasts strict­ly and set aside much time for prayer. Ear­ly on hav­ing become orphaned, she was giv­en over into the care of kins­folk, who did not take to her and laughed at her. Julia­nia bore every­thing with patience and with­out com­plaint. Her love for peo­ple expressed itself in this man­ner – she often nursed the sick and sewed cloth­ing for the poor. The pious and vir­tu­ous life of the maid­en attract­ed the atten­tion of the Lazarev vil­lage own­er, Yurii Osor’in, who there­after soon mar­ried her. The hus­band’s par­ents loved their gen­tle daugh­ter-in-law and gave over into her hands the run­ning of the house­hold. Domes­tic con­cerns did not dis­rupt the spir­i­tu­al efforts of Julia­nia. She always found time for prayer and she was always pre­pared to feed the orphaned and clothe the poor. Dur­ing the time of an harsh famine, she her­self remained with­out food, hav­ing giv­en away her last morsel to some­one beg­ging. When an epi­dem­ic start­ed after the famine, Julia­nia devot­ed her­self com­plete­ly to the nurs­ing of the sick. Right­eous Julia­nia had six sons and a daugh­ter. After the death of two of her sons she decid­ed to with­draw to a monastery, but her hus­band per­suad­ed her to remain in the world, and to con­tin­ue to raise their chil­dren. On the tes­ti­mo­ny of a son of Julia­nia – Kallis­trat Osor’in, who wrote her life, at this time she became all the more demand­ing towards her­self: she inten­si­fied her fast­ing and prayer, slept not more than two hours at night, and then lay­ing her head upon a board.

Upon the death of her hus­band, Julia­nia dis­trib­uted to the poor her por­tion of the inher­i­tance. Liv­ing in extreme pover­ty, she was none the less for it viva­cious, cor­dial, and in every­thing she thanked the Lord. The saint was vouch­safed a vis­i­ta­tion by Saint Nicholas the Won­der­work­er and guid­ance by the Moth­er of God in church. When Right­eous Julia­nia expired to the Lord, she was then buried along­side her hus­band at the church of Saint Lazarus. Here also was buried her daugh­ter, the schema-nun Theo­dosia. In the year 1614 the relics of Right­eous Julia­nia were uncov­ered, exud­ing a fra­grant myrh, from which many received healing.

© 1996–2001 by trans­la­tor Fr. S. Janos.