Sunday, February 6, 2011

St. Xenia of Petersburg

Joyous feast! More on St. Xenia's life can be found here. Visiting her shrine near St. Petersburg's Church of Our Lady of Smolensk was one of the first pilgrimages I undertook in Russia and it was a beautiful thing, although showing up to a locked chapel the first two times was a bit disconcerting :-) ('third time's the charm'). It was impressive even when her chapel was closed to see how many people were there and at the church to pray, and even more so when the chapel was open - I believe it was a weekday, but there was still a decent line to get in. May her blessing and prayers be with us all!

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