of St. Petersburg
How can St. Xenia intercede for us?
St. Xenia is known as the intercessor for finding a job, spouse, or home. She is also the patron saint of St. Petersburg, and students may pray to her for help finding a spouse and securing work after graduation.
The Life of St. Xenia
St. Xenia is a beloved saint from the city of St. Petersburg, and the details of her early life are generally unknown. She was the wife of an army officer, and was widowed suddenly at a young age. After this tragedy, Xenia lost interest in the material world, and abandoned her former way of life.
She gave her house and possessions to the poor and wandered St. Petersburg dressed in her husband’s clothing, facing mockery and ridicule for her strange behavior. Eventually, St. Xenia’s great virtue and wisdom was recognized by the people of St. Petersburg, and people flocked to her seeking her prayers and intercession. St. Xenia departed to the Lord at the age of seventy-one, and we pray to her for assistance in seeking spouses, jobs, and homes.
Learn her Troparion
“In you O honoring stranger, Christ the Lord has given us an ardent intercessor for our kind. For having received in your life sufferings and grief, and served God and man with love, you did acquire great fullness. Wherefore we fervently hasten to you, in temptations and grief, crying out from the depths of our hearts, put not our hope to shame O blessed Xenia.”
Pray to her
O holy and most blessed Mother Xenia, who lived under the protection of the Most High and was strengthened by the Mother of God, and who endured hunger and thirst, cold and burning heat, oppression and persecution: You have received from God the gift of clairvoyance and the power to work miracles, and you rest under the shelter of the Almighty. The Holy Church now glorifies you as a fragrant blossom. Praying before your holy icon, we ask you, as one who is alive and with us: Accept
our petitions, and offer them up before the throne of the loving Father of heaven; and, since you have boldness before Him, for those who have recourse unto you, ask eternal salvation, compassionate
blessing upon our good works and undertakings, and deliverance from all misfortunes and sorrows. In your holy supplications before our most merciful Savior, intercede for us, the unworthy and sinful. O holy and blessed Mother Xenia, help our children to receive illumination by the light of holy baptism and the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit; raise our youths and maidens in faith, honesty, and the fear of God, and grant them success in their studies; heal the infirm; send down love and concord upon families; account monastics worthy to fight the good fight and protect them from oppression; make
our pastors steadfast in the might of the Holy Spirit; preserve the Orthodox faithful in peace and tranquility; and pray for those who at the hour of their death are deprived of the communion of the Holy Mysteries of Christ. You are our trust and hope, speedily hearkening to us and delivering us, and unto you do we ascribe thanks, and with you do we glorify the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
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